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His eye is on the sparrow; an autobiography by Ethel Waters with Charles Samuels

Author:
Waters, Ethel 1896-1977  Search this
Samuels, Charles  Search this
Subject:
Waters, Ethel 1896-1977  Search this
Physical description:
278 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1951
Topic:
Singers  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Call number:
ML420.W24 A3X 1951
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_427972

Richard Dempsey papers

Creator:
Dempsey, Richard W., 1909-  Search this
Names:
Art in Embassies Program (U.S.)  Search this
Clark Atlanta University Art Gallery  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
Franz Bader Gallery  Search this
Howard University  Search this
United States. Embassy (Colombia)  Search this
United States. Embassy (Jamaica)  Search this
Brooks, Vonja Kirkland  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob, 1917-2000  Search this
Perlmutter, Jack, 1920-2006  Search this
Waters, Ethel, 1896-1977  Search this
Extent:
2.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Poetry
Sketches
Place:
Colombia -- Description and Travel
Date:
1929-1989
bulk 1960s-1980s
Summary:
The papers of painter Richard W. Dempsey measure 2.9 linear feet and date from 1929 to 1989, with the bulk of the papers dating from the 1960s to the 1980s. The papers contain biographcial material, correspondence, writings, project and exhibition files, printed material, photographs, and artwork and notes related to planning artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter Richard W. Dempsey measure 2.9 linear feet and date from 1929 to 1989, with the bulk of the papers dating from the 1960s to the 1980s. The papers contain biographical material, correspondence, writings, project and exhibition files, printed material, photographs, and artwork and notes related to planning artwork.

Biographical material consists of employment records; resumes, chronologies, and biographies; and compiled personal papers that may have once been part of scrapbooks. These materials are not bound, but have remained together and in the order in which they were received. This series also includes a folder of material related to Dempsey's wife, Vonja Kirkland Brooks.

Correspondence includes letters both sent, and received by the artist, primarily concerning the exhibition of Dempsey's paintings at the Franz Bader Gallery, the Atlanta University Gallery, Howard University, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the U.S. Embassies in Colombia and Jamaica, and with the Art in Embassies Program. Notable correspondents include Jack Perlmutter, Ethel Waters, and Jacob Lawrence. Personal and professional correspondence are intermingled throughout.

Writings include notes and drafts of lectures and other course materials, as well as excerpts and quotes from reviews of exhibitions of Dempsey's work. These excerpts, usually titled "comments," are frequently copied out by hand. Also included in this series are two folders of poetry.

Project and exhibition files include photographs; correspondence; lists; sketches and other plans; and printed material including clippings and exhibition announcements. Materials related to his Rosenwald Fellowship, his participation in the Art in Embassies program, his many exhibitions at Franz Bader Gallery, and his international exhibitions in Colombia and Jamaica are featured. Some files in this series may only include photographs or sketches.

Photographs are primarily of Dempsey's work and of exhibitions. There are some of the artist and of his Takoma Park, MD home and studio (designed by Harry Ormston of McLean, VA and occasionally featured in architecture articles).

Artwork is primarily composed of sketches, often with detailed planning notes for the completion of paintings.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as seven series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1930-1987 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1938-1985, undated (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1981, undated (Box 1; 3 folders)

Series 4: Project and Exhibition Files, 1929-1986 (Boxes 1-2; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1930s-1989, undated (Boxes 2-3; 0.4 linear feet, OV 5)

Series 6: Photographic Material, 1932-1981, undated (Boxes 3-4; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 7: Artwork, 1965-1981, undated, (Box 4; 5 folders, OV 5)
Biographical / Historical:
Richard W. Dempsey (1909-1987) was a painter known primarily for his abstract works and his portraits of prominent African American individuals including Ethel Waters, Duke Ellington, Thurgood Marshall, and Adam Clayton Powell. He was born in Ogden, Utah, but spent the majority of his youth in Oakland, California. He studied art at Sacramento Junior College, the California School of Arts and Crafts, and the Student Arts Center. Dempsey had four exhibitions in California before moving to Washington, D.C. to begin work as an engineering draftsman with the Federal Power Commission in 1941. He later transferred to a position as an illustrator with the General Services Administration (GSA), where he would spend the rest of his nearly 30-year government career.

In addition to his work with the GSA, Dempsey participated in the Art in Embassies program for decades, and his work was chosen by Congressman Adam Clayton Powell to hang in the Education Labor Committee rooms.

Dempsey was awarded a Julius Rosenwald Fellowship in 1946 to paint 100 portriats of "Outstanding American Negros." He taught art courses at the Corcoran School of Art and at Glen Echo and received invitations to exhibit around the world in places like Haiti, Colombia, and Jamaica. He exhibited frequently in the U.S., most often with Franz Bader Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reel 4368) including a photograph album chronicling Dempsey's 1951 trip to Haiti and other photographic material. Loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
The Richard Dempsey papers were initially lent for microfilming in 1990 by Vonja Kirkland Dempsey, Richard Dempsey's widow. After the collection was microfilmed, Vonja Kirkland Dempsey donated the bulk of the collection, excluding some photographic material, in 1990.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Educators -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Portrait painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Topic:
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Painting, Abstract -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Jamaica -- Description and Travel  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Poetry
Sketches
Citation:
Richard Dempsey papers, 1929-1989, bulk 1960s-1980s. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.demprich
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e6e8842f-d2fd-487c-b7cc-00c85bc82a34
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-demprich

The Negro in films

Author:
Noble, Peter 1917-  Search this
Subject:
Robeson, Paul 1898-1976  Search this
Ingram, Rex 1895-1969  Search this
Horne, Lena  Search this
Muse, Clarence  Search this
Anderson, Eddie 1905-1977  Search this
Waters, Ethel 1896-1977  Search this
McQueen, Butterfly  Search this
Spencer, Kenneth 1911-1964  Search this
Beavers, Louise 1902-1962  Search this
McDaniel, Hattie 1895-1952  Search this
Adams, Robert 1906-  Search this
Martins, Orlando 1899-1985  Search this
Physical description:
288 pages : illustrations, plates, portraits ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1948
[1948]
Topic:
African American motion picture actors and actresses  Search this
African American actors  Search this
Call number:
PN1995.9.N4 N6X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_76364

At home abroad [sound recording]

Author:
Schwartz, Arthur 1900-1984  Search this
Dietz, Howard 1896-1983  Search this
Lillie, Beatrice 1894-1989  Search this
Waters, Ethel 1896-1977  Search this
Powell, Eleanor 1912-1982  Search this
Gardiner, Reginald 1903-1980  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Type:
Sound recordings
Excerpts
Date:
1981
P1981
Topic:
Revues  Search this
Call number:
disc 000522
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_769812

Ethel Waters : Stormy weather / Stephen Bourne

Author:
Bourne, Stephen 1957 Oct. 31-  Search this
Subject:
Waters, Ethel 1896-1977  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, 146 p., [14] p. of plates : ill ; 23 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2007
Topic:
Singers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_826391

Ethel Waters : I touched a sparrow / [by Twila Knaack ; introduction by Ruth Bell Graham

Title:
I touched a sparrow
Author:
Knaack, Twila  Search this
Subject:
Waters, Ethel 1896-1977  Search this
Physical description:
156 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1978
©1978
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1043786

His eye is on the sparrow : an autobiography / by Ethel Waters with Charles Samuels

Author:
Waters, Ethel 1896-1977  Search this
Samuels, Charles  Search this
Subject:
Waters, Ethel 1896-1977  Search this
Physical description:
278 pages ; 19 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1959
1959, ©1951
Topic:
Singers  Search this
Call number:
ML420.W329 A1 1959
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_15541

Cabin in the sky Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents ; screenplay by Joseph Schrank ; produced by Arthur Freed ; directed by Vincente Minnelli

Film director:
Minnelli, Vincente  Search this
Film producer:
Freed, Arthur 1894-1973  Search this
Screenwriter:
Schrank, Joseph  Search this
Editor:
Kress, Harold F. 1913-1999  Search this
Actor:
Waters, Ethel 1896-1977  Search this
Anderson, Eddie 1905-1977  Search this
Horne, Lena  Search this
Armstrong, Louis 1901-1971  Search this
Ingram, Rex 1895-1969  Search this
Performer:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974  Search this
Duke Ellington Orchestra  Search this
Hall Johnson Choir  Search this
Composer expression:
Duke, Vernon 1903-1969  Search this
Latouche, John 1914-1956  Search this
Author:
Motion picture adaptation of (work): Root, Lynn 1905-1997 Cabin in the sky  Search this
Production company:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer  Search this
Publisher:
Warner Home Video (Firm)  Search this
Subject:
Root, Lynn 1905-1997  Search this
Physical description:
1 videodisc (approximately 98 min.) sound, black and white 4 3/4 in
Type:
Drama
Film adaptations
DVD-Video discs
Fiction films
Fantasy films
Feature films
Musical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Comedy films
Race films
Musical
Comedy
Date:
2006
1943
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Good and evil  Search this
Temptation  Search this
Redemption  Search this
Call number:
video 001709
Restrictions & Rights:
Classroom use may be subject to licensing restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1109371

His eye is on the sparrow / an autobiography by Ethel Waters with Charles Samuels

Author:
Waters, Ethel 1896-1977  Search this
Samuels, Charles  Search this
Rouben Mamoulian Collection (Library of Congress) DLC  Search this
Subject:
Waters, Ethel 1896-1977  Search this
Physical description:
278 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Type:
Biography
Autobiography
Place:
United States
Date:
1951
Topic:
Singers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1087996

Heat wave : the life and career of Ethel Waters / Donald Bogle

Author:
Bogle, Donald  Search this
Subject:
Waters, Ethel 1896-1977  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 624 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2011
©2011
Topic:
Singers  Search this
African American singers  Search this
African American women  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1075432

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