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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.
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
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