Rare Typed Letter Signed
Place Published: Berkeley, CA
Date Published: 1986
Description: Extremely scarce typed letter signed in full with important content, 1 page, 4to, 11 x 8.5 inches, Berkeley, California, August 18, 1986, written to political activist Karen Koelker (best known for her stance in the highly publicized Claire Morrison case while affiliated with the Berkeley Property Owners Association), attempting a division of property while ironically, being forced to vacate the Morrison household: "I am returning several items of your property. There are many other things around my place which I got from you. You are welcome to any or all of them. However, I know that you have a particular concern about these items...which I am anxious to regain: 1. The briefcase containing my collection of negatives which are either in the closet in 'Judy's Room' at the Arch, or in the larger closet in Mrs. Morrison's part of the apartment. 2. The black, rectangular case, containing my IBM diskettes, etc., which is in the closet in the TV room at Colusa." Note: Many scholars refer to the Claire Morrison case as one of the last great deeds accomplished by Eldridge Cleaver. Marlene Lily's article in "The Blackbird Press" on April 20, 2013 summed it up as follows: "The house Eldridge lived in was given to him by Claire Morrison, a childless old lady he and his friend Karen rescued from a convalescent hospital in the 1980's amid great publicity. When she died, her will gave Eldridge the house on Allston Way. Mrs. Morrison's heirs (the same ones who had tried to lock her up in a hospital against her will) sued, and after several years won the house back. In the meantime, Eldridge had a house rent free - and of course he didn't pay the taxes or insurance either." Letters signed by Cleaver rarely come to market. This one has two horizontal folds, but is still in near fine condition.
Comments: African-American writer and radical political activist best known for his leadership in the Black Panther Party during the late 1960s and early 1970s.Signed: Y
Book ID: 246582