The collection is arranged into 6 series: Series 1: Biographical Information, 1924-1977 (Box 1; 3 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, 1931-1977(Box 1; 7 folders) Series 3: Commission and Teaching Files, 1947-1976 (Box 1; 4 folders) Series 4: Writings and Notes, circa 1940s-1970s (Box 2-3; 4 folders) Series 5: Printed Material, 1928, 1946-1980(Box 2-3; 5 folders) Series 6: Photographs, 1925-1968 (Box 2; 2 folders)
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The scattered papers of African-American and Harlem Renaissance painter, muralist, illustrator, sculptor, and educator Charles Henry Alston measure 0.9 linear feet and date from 1924-1980. Included are biographical materials, correspondence, commission and teaching files, writings and notes, printed materials, and photographs. Notable correspondents include Romare Bearden, Byron Browne, Jacob Lawrence, and Hale Woodruff.
Charles Henry Alston papers, 1924-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
This site provides access to the papers of Charles Henry Alston in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2010, and total 948 images.
Materials not scanned include health records, financial tax notes, duplicates, and photographs of works of art.
Material lent for microfilming is available on 35mm microfilm reel N70-23 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
The Charles Henry Alston papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Also found in the Archives of American Art are two oral history interviews with Charles Henry Alston, one conducted by Harlan Phillips on September 28, 1965 and another by Al Murray on October 19, 1968.<br /> Additional Charles Henry Alston papers are located at the University of North Carolina's Southern Historical Collection at the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library. In 1970, Charles Alston loaned materials for microfilming, including correspondence with Henry Epstein, Langston Hughes, Robert Riggs, Harry Sternberg, J. Johnson Sweeney, Hale Woodruff and others. Also loaned for microfilming were sketchbooks, printed materials, and photographs. Subsequently, some of the photographs were later donated by Alston's sisters. The loaned materials are available only on microfilm reel N70-23 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. These materials are not included in the container listing of this finding aid.
Charles Henry Alston (1907-1977) worked primarily in New York city as a painter, muralist, illustrator, and educator. He was part of the Harlem Renaissance movement in the 1930s and helped form the Harlem Art Workshop and the Harlem Artists Guild.
Charles Alston lent portions of the collection for microfilming in 1970. Aida Winters and Rousmaniere Alston Wilson, Charles Alston's sisters, donated additional materials to the Archives of American Art in 1982 and 1984.
This site provides access to the papers of Charles Henry Alston in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2010. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 948 images.
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