Donnell Lewis Collection consists of three sketches of Marian Anderson, and a drawing of Marian Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial for the 1990 Census poster.
Related archival collection: The Donnell Lewis papers, which date from circa 1990 and measure .56 linear feet, document Lewis’ work on an art poster featuring Marian Anderson, which he was commissioned to create in support of the 1990 Census Bureau campaign to reach the African American population. The collection is comprised of correspondence, drawings, leaflets, LP records, pamphlets, proposals, sketchbooks and videocassettes. Contact the Archivist for more information.
Donnell Lewis is an artist and collector who donated original artwork and memorabilia relating to Marian Anderson.
Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993) is a celebrated African American contralto singer and important figure in the plight of African American artists during the mid-twentieth century. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused to let her sing to an integrated audience of Constitution Hall. The incident caused an uproar, with the NAACP and other prominent organizations taking up the cause. As a result, Eleanor Roosevelt and many other women cut ties with the DAR and supported her cause. President Roosevelt along with then NAACP leader Walter White worked to give Anderson the opportunity to perform. On Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, Marian Anderson sung a concert at the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd of over 75,000 people as well as millions over the national radio.
Donnell Lewis papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Donnell Lewis.
African American artists
African American singers
United States--Census, 1990
Permanent Collection, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum