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Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts Building Dedication

Collection Creator:
Richardson, Edgar Preston, 1902-1985  Search this
Richardson, Constance, 1905-  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1958
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact References Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Edgar P. Richardson papers, 1814-1996, bulk 1921-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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E.P. (Edgar Preston) and Constance Richardson papers
E.P. (Edgar Preston) and Constance Richardson papers / Series 4: Writings and Notes / 4.2: Lectures and Talks
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-richedga-ref377

Hughie Lee-Smith papers

Creator:
Lee-Smith, Hughie  Search this
Names:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.) -- Faculty  Search this
Audubon Artists (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Ira Aldridge Society  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988  Search this
Goreleigh, Rex, 1902-  Search this
Correspondent:
Carter, Clarence Holbrook, 1904-2000  Search this
Gammon, Reginald, 1921-2005  Search this
Hirsch, Joseph, 1910-1981  Search this
Wald, Carol  Search this
Wessel, Sophie  Search this
Woodruff, Hale, 1900-1980  Search this
Extent:
33.7 Linear feet
0.381 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Scrapbooks
Interviews
Photographs
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Drawings
Date:
circa 1890-2007
bulk 1931-1999
Summary:
The papers of painter and educator Hughie Lee-Smith measure 33.7 linear feet and 0.381 GB and date from circa 1890 to 2007, with the bulk of the material dating from 1931 to 1999. The collection documents Lee-Smith's career through biographical material, personal and professional correspondence, writings by Lee-Smith and others, personal business records, exhibition files, organization records, printed material, scrapbooks, photographs, a small amount of artwork, numerous interviews, and recordings for a documentary film on Lee-Smith. Also found are the papers of artist Rex Goreleigh, a friend of Lee-Smith.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter and educator Hughie Lee-Smith measure 33.7 linear feet and 0.381 GB and date from circa 1890 to 2007, with the bulk of the material dating from 1931 to 1999. The collection documents Lee-Smith's career through biographical material, personal and professional correspondence, writings by Lee-Smith and others, personal business records, exhibition files, organization records, printed material, scrapbooks, photographs, a small amount of artwork, numerous interviews, and recordings for a documentary film on Lee-Smith. Also found are the papers of artist Rex Goreleigh, a friend of Lee-Smith.

Biographical material includes records of Hughie Lee-Smith's schooling, military service, and awards, as well as resumes, bibliographies, and biographical summaries. Also found are family records, including the papers of his mother, Alice Carroll.

Lee-Smith's correspondence is with family, students, arts and cultural organizations, as well as schools, galleries, and museums, primarily regarding his participation in events and exhibitions. He also corresponded with fellow artists, such as Clarence Holbrook Carter, Reginald Gammon, Joseph Hirsch, Carol Wald, and Hale Woodruff, among many others. He maintained extensive correspondence with artist Sophie Wessel.

Lee-Smith's writings include artist statements and personal writings on his history and early influences, as well as many draft lectures and speeches, school writings, notes, and untitled writing fragments. Writings by others primarily include student essays and articles on the topic of Lee-Smith's work. Personal business records include scattered financial documents, including artwork sales records, and contracts and agreements with various art galleries and other organizations. Also found are files regarding his art commissions, gifts, professional activities, and records of his employment at the Art Students League. Exhibition files document select exhibitions in which Hughie Lee-Smith participated, primarily during the 1980s and 1990s. Organization records were maintained by Lee-Smith to document his participation in various groups, such as the National Academy of Design, Ira Aldridge Society, and Audubon Artists.

Printed material consists primarily of exhibition announcements and invitations for exhibitions of Lee-Smith's work, as well as news clippings, magazines, press releases, and publications from various art organizations and schools. One scrapbook contains exhibition announcements additional loose scrapbook pages document his early career. Photographs include many portraits of Hughie Lee-Smith, Lee-Smith in his studio, at events, and with friends and family. Additionally there are many photographs, slides, and transparencies of Lee-Smith's artwork. Also found are five photograph albums. A small amount of original artwork includes drawings by Lee-Smith and two sketchbooks belonging to his wife Patricia.

The collection includes numerous interviews of Hughie Lee-Smith, recorded on 37 sound cassettes, one sound tape reel, and four video cassettes. One audio interview is in digital format. Also found are planning documents, research material, and video footage for a documentary about the life and work of Hughie Lee-Smith, produced by New Deal Films, Inc, but never completed. Footage includes interviews with artists and art historians regarding Lee-Smith, gallery events, and images of his paintings.

The papers of artist Rex Goreleigh primarily documents his later life and includes a letters, biographical documents, printed material, estate records, and photographs and slides depicting Goreleigh, his studio, and artwork. Hughie Lee-Smith was close friends with Goreleigh and served as executor of his estate.

Also of note is a scrapbook put together for Goreleigh's 70th birthday in 1972. Of note is one scrapbook which contains photographs, notes, and artwork by fellow artists and students, including drawings by Romare Bearden and Hughie Lee-Smith.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 13 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1890-2001 (1.7 linear feet; Box 1-2, 35, RD 38)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1931-2006 (6.1 linear feet; Box 2-8, 0.006 GB; ER01)

Series 3: Writings, circa 1934-1998 (0.8 linear feet; Box 8-9)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1934-2001 (1.6 linear feet; Box 9-11, 35)

Series 5: Exhibition Files, circa 1973-2001 (1.2 linear feet; Box 11-12)

Series 6: Organization Records, 1941-2005 (2.1 linear feet; Box 12-14)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1919, 1930-2007 (8.5 linear feet; Box 14-22, 34)

Series 8: Scrapbooks, circa 1938-1990s (0.2 linear feet; Box 22, 35)

Series 9: Photographs, circa 1890-2003 (4.4 linear feet; Box 22-26, 35, OV 37)

Series 10: Artwork, circa 1940s-1980s (0.2 linear feet; Box 26)

Series 11: Interviews, 1973-1998 (2.1 linear feet; Box 26-28, 0.375 GB; ER02)

Series 12: Documentary Film Materials, 1985-2004 (3.5 linear feet; Box 28-32)

Series 13: Rex Goreleigh Papers, 1935-1994 (0.9 linear feet; 32-33, 36)
Biographical / Historical:
Hughie Lee-Smith (1915-1999) was a painter and educator in Ohio, Michigan, and New York. Born in Eustis, Florida, he lived for a period of time with family in Atlanta before joining his mother in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1925. In 1934 he received a scholarship to attend the Art School of the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, and in 1935 returned to Cleveland to attend the Cleveland School of Art. While in school he began exhibiting his paintings and teaching part-time at Karamu House. From 1938 to 1940 Lee-Smith completed lithography commissions for the Ohio WPA. In 1941 he moved to Detroit, married his first wife Mabel Louise Everett, and worked at a Ford automobile factory. He was then drafted into the U.S. Navy as a mural artist. After the war he briefly returned to factory work before enrolling at Wayne State University, earning a degree in Art Education in 1953. From 1953 to 1965 he taught summer art classes at the Grosse-Point War Memorial in Detroit.

In 1957 Lee-Smith moved to the East Village in New York City, signed with the Janet Nassler Gallery (Petite Gallery), exhibited his work extensively, and joined several art organizations. He also taught art at schools in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1967 he became the second African-American member of the National Academy of Design. He was visiting instructor and artist-in-residence at several art programs, including Howard University, and taught at the Art Students League from 1972 to 1988. In 1978 he married his third wife, Patricia. The New Jersey State Museum organized an extensive retrospective of Lee-Smith's work in 1988 which travelled nationally. Despite ill-health in the mid-1990s, he continued to create new paintings and exhibit his work. In 1997 he moved with his wife to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he lived until his death in 1999.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Hughie Lee-Smith conducted by Carroll Greene in 1968.
Provenance:
A small amount of material was donated 1969-1981 by Hughie Lee-Smith. Additional papers were donated in 2011 by Patricia Lee-Smith, widow of Hughie Lee-Smith.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
Authorization to publish requires written permission from Robert Panzer, VAGA. The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that they may own. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Michigan -- Detroit  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- Ohio -- Cleveland  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Educators -- Michigan -- Detroit  Search this
Topic:
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Interviews
Photographs
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Drawings
Citation:
Hughie Lee-Smith papers, circa 1890-2007, bulk 1931-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.leeshugh
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Hughie Lee-Smith papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-leeshugh

Society of Arts and Crafts

Collection Creator:
Jacques Seligmann & Co  Search this
Container:
Box 90, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1924-1935
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jacques Seligmann & Co. records
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records / Series 1: Correspondence / 1.3: General Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-jacqself-ref11269
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Alexandrine and Katherine McEwen

Subject:
McEwen, Alexandrine  Search this
McEwen, Katherine  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
191-?
Topic:
Arts administrators  Search this
Engravers  Search this
Painters  Search this
Women  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6520
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6520

Interior view of Little Theater at Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts building at 47 Watson Street, Detroit

Subject:
Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1916 November
Topic:
Theaters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6521
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6521

Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, opening exhibition at the Knowlson Building, 122 Farmer Street. Exterior view

Subject:
Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
between 1906 and 1911
Topic:
Buildings  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6522
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6522

Helen Plumb

Subject:
Plumb, Helen  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
190-
Topic:
Arts administrators  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6524
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6524

Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts building at 47 Watson St., Detroit. View of showroom

Subject:
Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1928
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Arts and crafts  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6526
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6526

George G. Booth

Subject:
Booth, George G. (George Gough)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
Between 1904 and 1949
Topic:
Arts administrators  Search this
Metal-workers  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6529
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6529

Cranbrook Masque

Subject:
Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1916 June
Topic:
Actors  Search this
Dance  Search this
Dancers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6530
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6530

May Morris

Subject:
Morris, May  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
Between 1890 and 1915
Topic:
Embroiderers  Search this
Jewelers  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6531
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6531

Glittering Gate

Subject:
Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1917 or 1918
Topic:
Theaters  Search this
Theatrical productions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6532
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6532

Sam Hume delivering the prologue of the Cranbrook Masque

Subject:
Hume, Samuel J.  Search this
Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1916
Topic:
Acting  Search this
Costumes  Search this
Theatrical productions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6533
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6533

Scene from the performance Chinese Lantern

Subject:
Housman, Laurence  Search this
Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1916 or 1917
Topic:
Actors  Search this
Theatrical productions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6534
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6534

Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, exhibiton of British arts and crafts

Subject:
Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1920
Topic:
Arts and crafts  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Tapestry  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6535
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6535

Back stage, with Tony Sarg's 'Marionettes'

Subject:
Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
between 1918 and 1919
Topic:
Marionettes  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6536
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6536

Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts building at 37 Witherell, Street, Detroit. Interior view

Subject:
Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Detroit, Mich.
Date:
1911
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6540
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6540

Cranbrook Masque

Subject:
Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1916
Topic:
Actors  Search this
Theaters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6541
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6541

Cranbrook Press Room

Subject:
Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1906 June
Topic:
Printing presses  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6542
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6542

Courtyard of the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, 37 Witherell Street, Detroit

Subject:
Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Detroit, Mich.
Date:
1912
Topic:
Gardens  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6544
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Center for Creative Studies records, 1906-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6544

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