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The Historical Records of the Barnett-Aden Gallery

Catalog Data

Created by:
Barnett-Aden Gallery, American, 1943 - 1969  Search this
Carroll Green, American  Search this
Subject of:
James V. Herring, American, born 1887  Search this
Alonzo J. Aden, American, 1906 - 1961  Search this
Howard University, American, founded 1867  Search this
Howard University Gallery of Art, American, founded 1928  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art, American, 1890 - 2014  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum, American, founded 1967  Search this
David C. Driskell Center, founded 2001  Search this
Robert L. Johnson, American, born 1946  Search this
James Amos Porter, American, 1905 - 1970  Search this
Eleanor Roosevelt, American, 1884 - 1962  Search this
Alma Thomas, American, 1891 - 1978  Search this
ink on paper
Archives (Cubic feet): 0.5 ft
business records
exhibition catalogs
archives (groupings)
Place depicted:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
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The Historical Records of Barnett-Aden Gallery collection includes historical background materials on the gallery, its founders James V. Herring and Alonzo Aden as well as Adolphus Ealey, its steward after its closure in 1969. The materials include correspondence, business records, photographs, exhibition catalogues, and clippings.
Series 1: Ephemeral Historical Records,1954-1982
Materials in this series contain two subseries, Historical Records and Exhibition Catalogues. Historical Records include obituaries on the founders as well as invitations and ephemera. Exhibition catalogues contain handouts/brochures given at Barnett-Aden Gallery exhibitions.
Series 2: Photographs, undated
Materials include photographs documenting events at the Barnett-Aden Gallery including Herring with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt from 1943.
Series 3: Business Records, 1967-1989
Materials in this series are separated into three subseries containing tax information, business proposals and other miscellaneous business records.
Series 4: Clippings, 1957-1975
Materials include newspaper clippings about exhibitions and Ealey's search for a home for the collection
African American  Search this
Art  Search this
Black Enterprise  Search this
Business  Search this
Education  Search this
Finance  Search this
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)  Search this
LGBTQ  Search this
Local and regional  Search this
Museums  Search this
Photography  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
The NMAAHC Archives can provide reproductions of some materials for research and educational use. Copyright and right to publicity restrictions apply and limit reproduction for other purposes.
Rights assessment and proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture