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Eldzier Cortor Papers, circa 1930s-2015, bulk 1972-2015

Creator:
Cortor, Eldzier, 1916-2015  Search this
Cortor, Eldzier, 1916-2015  Search this
Subject:
Taha, Halima  Search this
Harrigan, Violetta C.  Search this
Driskell, David C.  Search this
Lynch, Acklyn  Search this
Collier, Leontine L.  Search this
Anderson, Carol  Search this
Carracio, K.  Search this
Saar, Betye  Search this
Sylvan Cole Gallery  Search this
Kenkeleba House  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Anderson Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Sketches
Collages
Diaries
Watercolors
Place:
Haiti -- description and travel
Topic:
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Art -- Forgeries  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Cuba -- Description and Travel  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
African American  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7524
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209683
AAA_collcode_corteldz
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
African American
Lives of American Artists
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209683
Online Media:

Anderson, Carol

Subseries Creator:
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994  Search this
Custom Craft  Search this
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964  Search this
Scurlock, George H. (Hardison), 1919-2005  Search this
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Container:
Box 25
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents note:
Subject/Sitter: Lens Queen
Subseries Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements required to view negatives due to cold storage. Using negatives requires a three hour waiting period. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
Subseries Rights:
When the Museum purchased the collection from the Estate of Robert S. Scurlock, it obtained all rights, including copyright. The earliest photographs in the collection are in the public domain because their term of copyright has expired. The Archives Center will control copyright and the use of the collection for reproduction purposes, which will be handled in accordance with its standard reproduction policy guidelines. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Subseries Citation:
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
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Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.6: Black and white negatives in cold storage arranged by client
Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.6: Black and white negatives in cold storage arranged by client / 4.6.1: Black and white negatives Part 1
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0618-s04-06-ref8530

Eldzier Cortor Papers

Creator:
Cortor, Eldzier, 1916-  Search this
Names:
Anderson Gallery  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago -- Students  Search this
Kenkeleba House  Search this
Sylvan Cole Gallery  Search this
Anderson, Carol  Search this
Carracio, K.  Search this
Collier, Leontine L.  Search this
Driskell, David C.  Search this
Harrigan, Violetta C., 1941-  Search this
Lynch, Acklyn  Search this
Saar, Betye  Search this
Taha, Halima  Search this
Extent:
3.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Sketches
Collages
Diaries
Watercolors
Place:
Haiti -- description and travel
Date:
circa 1930s-2015
bulk 1972-2015
Summary:
The papers of painter and printmaker Eldzier Cortor measure 3.1 linear feet and date from circa 1930s to 2015, with the bulk of the papers dating from 1972 to 2015. The papers contain biographical material, correspondence, professional files, exhibition and gallery files, writings, printed material, artwork, and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of painter and printmaker Eldzier Cortor measure 3.1 linear feet and date from circa 1930s to 2015, with the bulk of the papers dating from 1972 to 2015. The papers contain biographical material, correspondence, professional files, exhibition and gallery files, writings, printed material, artwork, and photographs.

Biographical material consists of awards certificates; Cortor's artist biography; an obituary and prayer cards for his father in law; an address book; and a Christmas list.

Correspondence includes letters from Cortor's family; correspondence with or about individuals or organizations; and general correspondence. Individuals included in the general correspondence are Acklyn Lynch, Leontine Collier, Violetta Harrigan, Halima Taha, David C. Driskell, Carol Anderson, and Betye Saar. Art institutions represented in this series include Sylvan Cole Gallery, Anderson Gallery, and Kenkeleba House.

Professional files include materials related to the Cosby Collection of Fine Arts; publishing; materials related to fake Cortor works; the Public School Mural Project; teaching files; lists of possible titles for paintings; financial documents; materials related to painting and etching plates for storage; and notes of museum and gallery contacts.

Exhibition and gallery files include correspondence; contracts and agreements; exhibition announcements; inventories; other exhibition materials; clippings; press releases; photographs and photocopied images of artwork; and photographs of exhibitions.

Writings consist primarily of essays and articles about Eldzier Cortor. Also included are his answers to a questionnaire about art, a diary, and notes, as well as hand-copied excerpts of reviews.

Printed material includes exhibition announcements, exhibition catalogs, newsletters, clippings, research and source material, and books.

Artwork includes ink and watercolor sketches from Cortor's time as a student at the Art Institute of Chicago. This series also includes additional sketches, sketchbooks, and a collage by K. Carracio.

Photographs depict Cortor, other individuals, his artwork, and exhibitions. There are also photographs from his time in Cuba and Haiti (circa 1950s).
Arrangement:
The Eldzier Cortor papers are organized into 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1947-2012 (Box 1; 5 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1970-2015 (Box 1; 8 folders)

Series 3: Professional Files, 1960, 1972-2015 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet, OV 4)

Series 4: Exhibition and Gallery Files, 1972-2015 (Boxes 1-2; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 5: Writings, circa 1970s-2006 (Box 2; 8 folders)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1940-1976, 1996-2015 (Boxes 2-3; 0.8 linear feet, OV 4)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1930s, circa 1970s-circa 1990s (Box 3; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographs, 1939-2002, 2014 (Box 3; 0.5 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Eldzier Cortor (1916-2015) spent his professional career as a painter and printmaker in Chicago and New York. He was born in Richmond Virginia to John and Ophelia Cortor. In 1917, the family moved to Chicago along with countless other African Americans as part of the Great Migration.

In 1936, Cortor began taking evening classes at the Art Institute of Chicago prior to enrolling full time. Kathleen Blackshear, an instructor at the Institute, recommended Cortor for employment at the Works Projects Administration in 1940. It was under Blackshear's guidance that Cortor was introduced to African Art. The depiction of African Americans became the defining subject of Cortor's career, specifically the portrayal of the African American woman, which he commonly represented nude in paintings and prints.

In 1941, with funding by the Works Projects Administration, Cortor helped found the South Side Community Arts Center in Chicago. Over the next few years he would receive two Rosenwald Fellowships, which allowed him to travel to the Sea Islands of Georgia. Afterward, Cortor moved to New York, and in 1946 Life magazine published his work Southern Gate. In 1949 he received a Guggenheim fellowship, which provided the opportunity to travel to Cuba, Jamaica, and Haiti. He settled in Port-au-Prince, where he taught for two years.

Cortor married Sophia Schmidt on August 20, 1951, and they subsequently had four children: Michael, Mercedes, Stephen, and Miriam. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Studio Museum of Harlem, and the National Center of Afro-American Artists in Boston. Notable exhibitions include Three Masters: Eldzier Cortor, Hughie Lee-Smith, and Archibald John Motley, Jr. at Kenkeleba House in 1988; Southern Gate: African American Paintings from the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution at Duke University Museum of Art, 1999; Eldzier Cortor: Master Printmaker at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, 2002; and Black Spirit: Works on Paper by Eldzier Cortor at the Indiana Art Museum, 2006.

Eldzier Cortor died in November of 2015, at the age of 99.
Related Material:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of materials lent for microfilming on reel N70-47, including biographical material, correspondence, printed material, papers related to exhibitions, photographs, and sketchbooks. Except for three photographs that appear in this collection (Box 3, Folder 19), loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Eldzier Cortor loaned materials to the Archives of American Art for microfilming in 1970 and donated papers in 2009. His son, Michael Cortor, gave additional materials in 2016.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
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.
Occupation:
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Printmakers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Art -- Forgeries  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Cuba -- Description and Travel  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sketches
Collages
Diaries
Watercolors
Citation:
Eldzier Cortor papers, circa 1930s-2015, bulk 1972-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.corteldz
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Eldzier Cortor Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-corteldz

(Anderson, Carol; Fifth Avenue Display Photographers; Scott, Marc; Haddad, Sam; Toshi; Ney, Alexander; Rousseff, Vlada; Retrospective; Read, Phillip)

Collection Creator:
Moore, Gene, 1910-1998  Search this
Container:
Box 23
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1978
Scope and Contents:
Original Archive Box 45
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Gene Moore, Tiffany & Company Photographs, 1955-1995, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Gene Moore, Tiffany & Company Photographs
Gene Moore, Tiffany & Company Photographs / Series 1: Display Window Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1280-ref205

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Anderson, Carol  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Image number:
JUL J0088892
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_88893

White rage the unspoken truth of our racial divide Carol Anderson

Author:
Anderson, Carol (Carol Elaine),)  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (195 pages)
Type:
Electronic resources
History
Electronic books
Place:
United States
Date:
2016
Topic:
African Americans--Civil rights--History  Search this
African Americans--Politics and government  Search this
African Americans--Social conditions  Search this
Whites--Attitudes--History  Search this
Whites--Politics and government  Search this
Opposition (Political science)--History  Search this
Racism--History  Search this
History of the Americas  Search this
HISTORY--General  Search this
SOCIAL SCIENCE--Discrimination & Race Relations  Search this
LAW--Discrimination  Search this
POLITICAL SCIENCE--Government--National  Search this
POLITICAL SCIENCE--Government--State & Provincial  Search this
POLITICAL SCIENCE--History & Theory  Search this
African Americans--Civil rights  Search this
Opposition (Political science)  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Racism  Search this
Whites--Attitudes  Search this
Society  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
E185.61 .A5438 2016 (Internet)
Restrictions & Rights:
1-user
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1145253

One person, no vote how voter suppression is destroying our democracy Carol Anderson ; foreword by Senator Dick Durbin

Author:
Anderson, Carol (Carol Elaine),)  Search this
Writer of foreword:
Durbin, Richard J (Richard Joseph) 1944-  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (xi, 271 pages)
Type:
Electronic resources
Electronic books
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
Topic:
African Americans--Suffrage  Search this
Minorities--Suffrage  Search this
Suffrage  Search this
Race discrimination--Political aspects  Search this
POLITICAL SCIENCE--Civil Rights  Search this
Call number:
JK1924 .A54 2018 (Internet)
Restrictions & Rights:
1-user
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1145258

One person, no vote how not all voters are treated equally Carol Anderson, with Tonya Bolden

Author:
Anderson, Carol (Carol Elaine),)  Search this
Bolden, Tonya  Search this
Physical description:
276 pages illustrations 24 cm
Type:
Juvenile literature
Instructional and educational works
Illustrated works
Juvenile works
Young adult nonfiction
Place:
United States
Date:
2019
Topic:
African Americans--Suffrage  Search this
Minorities--Suffrage  Search this
Voting  Search this
Voter registration--Corrupt practices  Search this
Elections--Corrupt practices  Search this
Election law  Search this
Race discrimination--Political aspects  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1113196

Among others Blackness at MoMA Darby English and Charlotte Barat ; [foreword by Glenn D. Lowry]

Title:
Among others Blackness at the Museum of Modern Art
Blackness at MoMA
Blackness at the Museum of Modern Art
Author:
English, Darby 1974-  Search this
Barat, Charlotte  Search this
Writer of foreword:
Lowry, Glenn D.,  Search this
Contributing author:
Wilson, Mabel (Mabel O.)  Search this
Author:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
475 pages illustrations (chiefly color) 28 x 24 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Amerika
Date:
2019
Topic:
African Americans in art  Search this
Art and race--History  Search this
Blacks in art  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Artists, Black  Search this
Museums and minorities  Search this
African Americans--Race identity  Search this
Blacks--Race identity  Search this
Race in art  Search this
Art  Search this
20.10 art and society: general  Search this
Art and race  Search this
Ausstellung  Search this
Kunst  Search this
Sammlung  Search this
Schwarze  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1109528

One person, no vote : how voter suppression is destroying our democracy / Carol Anderson ; foreword by Senator Dick Durbin

Author:
Anderson, Carol (Carol Elaine)  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 271 pages ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
Topic:
African Americans--Suffrage  Search this
Minorities--Suffrage  Search this
Suffrage  Search this
Race discrimination--Political aspects  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1098462

White rage : the unspoken truth of our racial divide / Carol Anderson

Author:
Anderson, Carol (Carol Elaine)  Search this
Physical description:
246 pages ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
United States
Date:
2016
Topic:
African Americans--Civil rights--History  Search this
African Americans--Politics and government  Search this
African Americans--Social conditions  Search this
Whites--Attitudes--History  Search this
Whites--Politics and government  Search this
Opposition (Political science)--History  Search this
Racism--History  Search this
Race relations  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1082938

Eyes off the prize : the United Nations and the African American struggle for human rights, 1944-1955 Carol Anderson

Author:
Anderson, Carol (Carol Elaine)  Search this
Subject:
United Nations  Search this
Physical description:
[xi], 302 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2003
20th century
1877-1964
Topic:
African Americans--Civil rights  Search this
Human rights--History  Search this
African Americans--History  Search this
Civil rights movements--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_714554

Library space planning : a how-to-do-it manual for assessing, allocating and reorganizing collections, resources, and facilities / Ruth A. Fraley, Carol Lee Anderson

Author:
Fraley, Ruth A  Search this
Anderson, Carol Lee  Search this
Physical description:
194 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
Topic:
Libraries--Space utilization  Search this
Library fittings and supplies  Search this
Library materials--Storage  Search this
Library buildings  Search this
Library planning  Search this
Library moving  Search this
Call number:
Z679.55.F73 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_382705

Library space planning : how to assess, allocate, and reorganize collections, resources, and physical facilities / Ruth A. Fraley and Carol Lee Anderson

Author:
Fraley, Ruth A  Search this
Anderson, Carol Lee  Search this
Physical description:
x, 158 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1985
C1985
Topic:
Libraries--Space utilization  Search this
Library buildings  Search this
Library fittings and supplies  Search this
Library materials--Storage  Search this
Library moving  Search this
Library planning  Search this
Call number:
Z679.55.F73 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_261376

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