The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
The collection documents the artistic and teaching career of African American painter Jacob Lawrence.
Included are biographical materials and awards; correspondence; writings and speeches by Lawrence, 1947-1962, and writings about Lawrence; photographs; scattered financial material, 1941-1957; and printed materials.
Correspondence dates from 1937-1971. Among the correspondents are: Ralph Abernathy, Charles Alston, Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Claude Clark, Hy Cohen, Mildred Cummings, Terry Dintenfass, Inc., David Driskell, Fritz Eichenberg, Philip Evergood, Creighton Gilbert, Edith Gregor Halpert (Downtown Gallery), Langston Hughes, Raymond Patterson, Pratt Institute, Margaret Rigg, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Moses and Raphael Soyer, and the United States Committee for the First World Festival of Negro Arts, Inc. Photographs include personal photographs, 1939-1966, and photographs of art work, 1941-1949. Printed material consists of reproductions of work, brochures and course catalogs, programs and calendars, exhibition announcements and catalogs, posters, articles, and clippings.
Jacob Lawrence papers [microfilm], 1937-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reels D286 and 4571-4573 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Entire: Originals in Syracuse University Library, Special Collections.
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from: Curator, Syracuse University Library, Special Collections.
African-American painter and educator; New York, N.Y. and Seattle, Wash.; b. 1917; d. 2000 Born Jacob Armstead Lawrence, September 17, 1917, Atlantic City, N.J. He died June 9, 2000, in Seattle. Worked for the WPA's Federal Art Project and taught at Black Mountain College, in North Carolina, Pratt Institute (1956-1971), Brandeis University (1965), The New School (1966), the Art Students League (1967), the University of Washinginton, and others.
Lent for microfilming by Syracuse University Library, Special Collections, 1992. Among the three reels are papers that Lawrence lent to the Archives of American Art for microfilming in 1966 which he subsequently donated to Syracuse.
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