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Manuscripts; poems by Lake; a diary kept while he was in Rome, 1888-1889; a journal of travels in Europe and Canada, 1924; the typescript of "In an Unfriendly World," his fictional autobiography of a black man; sketches; papers concerning his sculpture in the Memorial Chamber, Houses of Parliament, Ottawa, Canada; photographs of Lake,1887, and of his work, 1908-1919.
Ira Lake papers, 1888-1954. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Poet and sculptor.
Donated by Lake's son Owen and grandson, Brandon McKay.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001