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Ellis Wilson papers

Creator:
Wilson, Ellis, 1899-1977  Search this
Names:
Locke, Alain, 1885-1954  Search this
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Date:
1922-1959
bulk 1940s
Summary:
The papers of African American painter and illustrator Ellis Wilson measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1922 to 1959, with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1940s. The collection includes certificates, correspondence, printed material, and photographic material. The bulk of this collection is composed of photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of African American painter and illustrator Ellis Wilson measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1922 to 1959, with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1940s. The collection includes certificates, correspondence, printed material, and photographic material. The bulk of this collection is composed of photographs.

Papers include certificates, professional correspondence, printed material and clippings, and scrapbook pages. The scrapbook pages include clippings of reviews and reproductions of Wilson's work, exhibition invitations and catalogs, and correspondence, including a letter of congratulations from Alain Locke.

Photographic material makes up the bulk of this collection. This series includes three photos of Ellis Wilson taken by Carl Van Vechten.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in two series.

Series 1: Papers, 1927-1951 (Box 1; 3 Folders)

Series 2: Photographic Material, 1922, 1942-1948, 1959, undated (Box 1; 5 Folders)
Biographical / Historical:
Ellis Wilson (1899-1977) was an African American painter and illustrator. He was born in Kentucky and studied at the Kentucky Normal and Industrial Institute, and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He later worked as a commercial artist in Chicago before moving to New York in 1928. Wilson was employed by the Federal Arts Project, sponsored by the Works Progress Administration, from 1935 to 1940, and was also involved with the Harlem Artists Guild. During World War II he worked in an aircraft engine factory and was commissioned to create triptychs for military chaplains. In 1944 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and traveled throughout the Southern United States. He later traveled to Haiti. He continued to paint until his death in 1977. In 1985, his painting Funeral Procession (circa 1950) was featured on an episode of The Cosby Show.
Separated Materials:
Exhibition catalogs and news clippings were transferred to the Smithsonian Institution Libraries after microfilming.
Provenance:
The Ellis Wilson papers were loaned for microfilming in 1970 and subsequently donated by Ellis Wilson.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Topic:
African American artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Illustrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painting, American -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Ellis Wilson papers, 1922-1959, bulk 1940s. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.wilselli
See more items in:
Ellis Wilson papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wilselli

The Negro in art; a pictorial record of the Negro artist and of the Negro theme in art; edited and annotated by Alain Locke ..

Author:
Locke, Alain 1885-1954  Search this
Physical description:
224 pages illustrations, plates, color frontispiece, color double plates 32 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1940
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African Americans in art  Search this
African Americans in literature  Search this
Call number:
N6538.N5 L6 1940X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_389940

Note on African art : 1924

Author:
Locke, Alain 1885-1954  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2003
Topic:
Art, African--Appreciation  Search this
Call number:
N7428.5 .P72 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_764022

Papers of Alain Locke. 220 boxes. Moorland-Springarn Research Center, Howard University, Washington, DC

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Locke, Alain 1885-1954 Archives  Search this
Moorland-Springarn Research Center Archives  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1989
Call number:
CD3002 .S68 1989X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_551381

Legacy of the ancestral arts : 1925

Author:
Locke, Alain 1885-1954  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2003
Topic:
Art, African--Appreciation  Search this
Sculpture, African--Influence  Search this
African American art--African influences  Search this
Call number:
N7428.5 .P72 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_764024

African art : 1935

Author:
Locke, Alain 1885-1954  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
2003
Topic:
Art, African  Search this
Call number:
N7428.5 .P72 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_764029

Alain Locke and African art / Richard A. Long

Author:
Long, Richard A. 1927-2013  Search this
Subject:
Locke, Alain 1885-1954  Search this
Physical description:
14 leaves ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
196u
196-?]
Topic:
Art, African  Search this
Call number:
NX512.3.A35 L66 1960z
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_767622

Black modernism and white patronage

Author:
Stewart, Jeffrey C. 1950-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Locke, Alain 1885-1954  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
United States
Date:
1994
Topic:
African American art  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Artists and patrons  Search this
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Art patronage  Search this
Call number:
NX164.N4 B5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_503527

Exhibition celebrating portraits of ethnic Americans at the National Portrait Gallery

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Reiss, Winold 1886-1953  Search this
Locke, Alain 1885-1954 Portraits  Search this
Type:
Portraits
Exhibitions
Date:
1989
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Call number:
NX164.N4 B5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_510730

The Negro in American culture / based on materials left by Alain Locke

Author:
Butcher, Margaret Just 1913-  Search this
Locke, Alain 1885-1954  Search this
Physical description:
x, 254 p. ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1971
[c1971]
Topic:
African American arts  Search this
Call number:
E185.82 .B98 1971
E185.82.B98 1971
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_424887

Alain Locke and philosophy : a quest for cultural pluralism / Johnny Washington

Author:
Washington, Johnny  Search this
Subject:
Locke, Alain 1885-1954  Search this
Physical description:
xxxii, 246 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Biography
Date:
1986
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
African Americans--Politics and government  Search this
African Americans--Education  Search this
Call number:
E185.97.L79 W37 1986X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_345408

The critical temper of Alain Locke : a selection of his essays on art and culture / [edited by] Jeffrey C. Stewart

Author:
Locke, Alain 1885-1954  Search this
Stewart, Jeffrey C. 1950-  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 491 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1983
Topic:
African American arts  Search this
Call number:
NX512.3.A35L62 1983X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_213541

When peoples meet, a study in race and culture contacts, edited by Alain Locke ... and Bernhard J. Stern ..

Author:
Locke, Alain 1885-1954  Search this
Stern, Bernhard Joseph 1894-1956  Search this
Progressive Education Association Committee on workshops  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 756 p. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1942
[c1942]
Topic:
Acculturation  Search this
Minorities  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Call number:
CB5.L6X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_264448

The new Negro; an interpretation. With a new introd. by Allan H. Spear

Author:
Locke, Alain 1885-1954  Search this
Physical description:
xxii, xviii, 446 p. illus., music, ports. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1968
1925
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
American literature--African American authors  Search this
Call number:
E185.82 .L814 1968
E185.82.L814 1968
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_14835

The American Negro as artist / Alain Locke

Author:
Locke, Alain 1885-1954  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1931
20th century
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American art--History  Search this
Call number:
N1 .A773
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1010779

The new Negro / ed. by Alain Locke ; with a new preface by Robert Hayden

Editor:
Locke, Alain 1885-1954  Search this
Author:
Hayden, Robert 1913-1980  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, 452 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1975
1975, ©1968
Topic:
African American arts  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1029327

Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation and African art / by Christa Clarke

Author:
Clarke, Christa  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Barnes, Albert C (Albert Coombs) 1872-1951  Search this
Locke, Alain 1885-1954  Search this
Barnes Foundation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Date:
2015
Topic:
Art, African  Search this
Call number:
N5310.7 .W927
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1054836

Sterling Brown : the New Negro folk-poet

Author:
Locke, Alain 1885-1954  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Brown, Sterling Allen 1901-1989  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1969
1934
Topic:
African American poets  Search this
Call number:
HT1581 .C97 1969
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_900401

Alain L. Locke : biography of a philosopher / Leonard Harris & Charles Molesworth

Author:
Harris, Leonard 1948-  Search this
Molesworth, Charles 1941-  Search this
Subject:
Locke, Alain 1885-1954  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 432 p. : ill ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Date:
2008
Topic:
African American philosophers  Search this
African American intellectuals  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_925796

Adaptable legacies : Alain Locke's African art collection at Howard University / Tobias Wofford

Author:
Wofford, Tobias  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Locke, Alain 1885-1954 Art collections  Search this
Donaldson, Jeff 1932-2004  Search this
Herring, James V (James Vernon)  Search this
Howard University Department of Art Art collections  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)..)
Date:
2017
Topic:
Art, African--Private collections  Search this
African art collections  Search this
Call number:
NX164.N4 B5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1094861

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