Skip to main content

Patton, Lynda, 1990 March 20

 Item — Multiple Containers

Scope and Contents

Poet and playwright Lynda Patton lectured on two occasions: 2/10/1987 (2015-0002/RR247) and 3/20/1990 (2015-0002/AC16).

AC 16 Ms. Patton's lecture was on being a playwright, specifically a Black, female playwright.

RR 247 Linda Patton speaks to the Black Experience in the Arts class with performances by James Spruill and Georgette Leslie.


  • 1990 March 20

Conditions Governing Access

Links to digitized content are included in the finding aid.

Biographical / Historical

Lynda Patton was born in Boston, MA, and graduated from Jeremiah E. Burke High School in 1967. She attended the University of Massachusetts--Amherst for several years and was briefly married. She returned to Boston, as a single mother and followed her father's lead and became involved with the black Panther Party. She met James Spruill after attending a performance at the New African Company and they married in 1974. Ms. Patton graduated from Boston State College in 1973 with a bachelors degree in psychology and from Goddard College (1975) with a masters in theater and literature. She taughtin regional colleges, including Boston and Northeastern Universities. Her plays include Ol' Sis, Drink the Contents of this Vial, Skip and Stephanie and assisted in the management of the New African Company with her husband. Her plays were based on her own life struggles — and on the struggle for justice for African-Americans.

Lynda Patton died in August 5, 2010.

[ /]


1 Cassettes (Audio cassette tape recording) : AC 16 1 audio cassette, 2 sides; Side A-0:46:54, Side B-0:19:18. The recordings were combined for ease of listening. The combined run time of the digital recording is 1:06:08.

Language of Materials

From the Series: English

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205
Storrs Connecticut 06269-1205 USA US