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Maya Angelou

Photograph by:
John Loengard, American, born 1934  Search this
Subject of:
Maya Angelou, American, 1928 - 2014  Search this
Medium:
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W (sheet): 14 × 11 in. (35.6 × 27.9 cm)
H x W (image): 8 7/16 × 8 1/8 in. (21.4 × 20.6 cm)
H x W x D (Double Exposure frame): 18 × 17 × 1 1/2 in. (45.7 × 43.2 × 3.8 cm)
Type:
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Date:
1992
Topic:
African American  Search this
Literature  Search this
Photography  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2014.166.10
Restrictions & Rights:
© John Loengard. Permission required for use.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5a2aafd47-4a59-48af-ab52-00e3efb92be5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2014.166.10
Online Media:

Maya Angelou, Algonquin Hotel, New York, NY, 1987

Artist:
Brigitte Lacombe, born 23 Dec 1950  Search this
Sitter:
Maya Angelou, 4 Apr 1928 - 28 May 2014  Search this
Medium:
Archival pigment print
Dimensions:
Image: 45.2 x 44.8 cm (17 13/16 x 17 5/8")
Sheet: 61.1 x 50.7 cm (24 1/16 x 19 15/16")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1987 (printed 2012)
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Earring  Search this
Maya Angelou: Female  Search this
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer  Search this
Maya Angelou: Education\Educator\Professor  Search this
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer  Search this
Maya Angelou: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Civil rights activist  Search this
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Television  Search this
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer  Search this
Maya Angelou: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer\Autobiographer  Search this
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer\Memoirist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Brigitte Lacombe
Object number:
NPG.2012.45
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm41a23874e-d4a4-4caf-bbb2-eb31699b5ed2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2012.45

Maya Angelou, Algonquin Hotel, New York, NY, 1987

Artist:
Brigitte Lacombe, born 23 Dec 1950  Search this
Sitter:
Maya Angelou, 4 Apr 1928 - 28 May 2014  Search this
Medium:
Inkjet print
Dimensions:
Image: 45.3 x 44.8 cm (17 13/16 x 17 5/8")
Sheet: 61.1 x 50.7 cm (24 1/16 x 19 15/16")
Mat: 81.3 × 66 cm (32 × 26")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1987 (printed 2012)
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Earring  Search this
Maya Angelou: Female  Search this
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer  Search this
Maya Angelou: Education\Educator\Professor  Search this
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer  Search this
Maya Angelou: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Civil rights activist  Search this
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Television  Search this
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer  Search this
Maya Angelou: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer\Autobiographer  Search this
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer\Memoirist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.2012.48
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Brigitte Lacombe
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm426ece2bf-bac0-42a1-b32b-793db0aa45e2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2012.48

Maya Angelou

Artist:
Ross R. Rossin, born 1964  Search this
Sitter:
Maya Angelou, 4 Apr 1928 - 28 May 2014  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 121.9 × 121.9cm (48 × 48")
Frame: 129.7 × 129.9 × 7cm (51 1/16 × 51 1/8 × 2 3/4")
Type:
Painting
Place:
United States\Georgia\Fulton\Atlanta
Date:
2013
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace  Search this
Painting  Search this
Maya Angelou: Female  Search this
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer  Search this
Maya Angelou: Education\Educator\Professor  Search this
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer  Search this
Maya Angelou: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Civil rights activist  Search this
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Television  Search this
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer  Search this
Maya Angelou: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer\Autobiographer  Search this
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer\Memoirist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Andrew J. Young Foundation
Object number:
NPG.2014.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Ross R. Rossin
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4ed6e53c2-d57e-43ce-b41c-dc434fe79ab5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2014.2

Maya Angelou and Billie Holiday

Artist:
Edward Sorel, born 1929  Search this
Sitter:
Maya Angelou, 4 Apr 1928 - 28 May 2014  Search this
Billie Holiday, 7 Apr 1915 - 17 Jul 1959  Search this
Medium:
Ink and watercolor on illustration board
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 29.3cm x 40cm (11 9/16" x 15 3/4")
Mount: 34.5cm x 44.5cm (13 9/16" x 17 1/2")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1990
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Earring  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace\Pearl  Search this
Home Furnishings\Drinking vessel\Glass  Search this
Caricature  Search this
Equipment\Culinary Equipment\Kitchen utensil  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Turban  Search this
Nature & Environment\Vegetable  Search this
Interior\Kitchen  Search this
Billie Holiday: Female  Search this
Billie Holiday: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz  Search this
Maya Angelou: Female  Search this
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer  Search this
Maya Angelou: Education\Educator\Professor  Search this
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer  Search this
Maya Angelou: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Civil rights activist  Search this
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Television  Search this
Maya Angelou: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer  Search this
Maya Angelou: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer\Autobiographer  Search this
Maya Angelou: Literature\Writer\Memoirist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Edward & Nancy Sorel © Edward Sorel
Object number:
S/NPG.94.31
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm400f1f512-ab79-4c03-89e4-735e955693e5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_S_NPG.94.31

Angelou, Maya

Series Creator:
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964  Search this
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Custom Craft  Search this
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994  Search this
Scurlock, George H. (Hardison), 1919-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 58
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1988 October 14
Scope and Contents note:
Job Number: 31116
Subject/Sitter: Honoree sitting at National Caucas and Center on Black Age, Inc.
Series 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.
Series 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.
Series Citation:
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
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Scurlock Studio Records, Series 5: Color Negatives
Scurlock Studio Records, Series 5: Color Negatives / 5.1: Color negatives arranged by client
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8c6a716f9-8f79-4e71-a928-519dca6cb853
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0618-s05-ref10333

News clipping from the New York Times

Published by:
The New York Times, American, founded 1851  Search this
Written by:
James Baldwin, American, 1924 - 1987  Search this
Subject of:
Maya Angelou, American, 1928 - 2014  Search this
Medium:
ink on newsprint
Dimensions:
L x W: 22 1/2 x 6 in. (57.2 x 15.2 cm)
Type:
clippings
Date:
1970
Topic:
African American  Search this
Communication  Search this
Literature  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of The Baldwin Family
Object number:
2011.99.53
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5979b9336-5911-4057-ad2d-d1628a0c0b23
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.99.53
Online Media:

Angelou, Maya

Collection Creator:
Outterbridge, John, 1933-2020  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 38
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1994
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
John Outterbridge papers, 1953-1997. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
John Outterbridge papers
John Outterbridge papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ad9d969d-c700-45eb-b813-84ea5f554296
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-outtjohn-ref59

Angelou, Maya

Series Creator:
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964  Search this
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994  Search this
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Scurlock, George H. (Hardison), 1919-2005  Search this
Custom Craft  Search this
Container:
Box 69, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Series 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.
Series 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.
Series Citation:
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Scurlock Studio Records, Series 2: Color Photographs
Scurlock Studio Records, Series 2: Color Photographs / 2.1: Clients
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88a8b3c06-3088-4ba0-a0ec-82d39c27387d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0618-s02-ref38

Angelou, Maya

Series Creator:
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964  Search this
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994  Search this
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Scurlock, George H. (Hardison), 1919-2005  Search this
Custom Craft  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Series 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.
Series 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.
Series Citation:
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Scurlock Studio Records, Series 2: Color Photographs
Scurlock Studio Records, Series 2: Color Photographs / 2.1: Clients
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8681d0fd1-429c-4b70-a97f-1743f3e24a60
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0618-s02-ref39

Angelou, Maya, 2009

Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years; until Jan-01-2026. Records may contain personally identifiable information (PII) that is permanently restricted. Transferring office; 10/22/2003 memorandum, Johnstone to Laffoon; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 16-331, National Museum of African Art. Office of the Director, Correspondence
See more items in:
Correspondence
Correspondence / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa16-331-refidd1e363

Maya Angelou, 1928- [Folder]

Alternate name:
Marguerite Johnson  Search this
Additional name:
Johnson, Marguerite  Search this
Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Place:
(Mo.)
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Anacostia Community Museum
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_93871

John Outterbridge papers, 1953-1997

Creator:
Outterbridge, John Wilfred, 1933-2020  Search this
Outterbridge, John Wilfred, 1933-2020  Search this
Subject:
Simone, Nina  Search this
Otis, Johnny  Search this
Marley, Bob  Search this
Hines, Gregory  Search this
White, Charles  Search this
Bradley, Tom  Search this
Angelou, Maya  Search this
Watts Towers Art Center  Search this
Type:
Sketches
Transcripts
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Interviews
Video recordings
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Watts (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc
Topic:
Sculptors -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Towers -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6097
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216289
AAA_collcode_outtjohn
Theme:
African American
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216289
Online Media:

Black African Heritage: The Slave Coast

Creator:
Eliot Elisofon Productions  Search this
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Angelou, Maya  Search this
Group W Productions  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Collection Creator:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (open reel, 1/2 inch)
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Video recordings
Documentary films
Place:
Africa, West
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1972
Scope and Contents:
The Slave Coast is third in the series, Black African Heritage. The segment focuses on the tradition, the cultures, the beauty, and the history of the people of the rainforest and the coast of West Africa. Watch dancers of Nigeria, examine sculptures made 2000 years ago, listen to the talking drums of Yoruba, see bronze portraits, visit the women warriors once known as Amazon, see golden treasures of Ashanti in Ghana, and marvel at the acrobatic dancers of the Ivory Coast.
Documentary. Part of Broadcast Programs. Undated.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Some items are not accessible due to obsolete format and playback machinery restrictions. Please contact the archivist at acmarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Africans  Search this
African culture  Search this
Blacks -- History  Search this
Yoruba (African people)  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Dancers  Search this
Music  Search this
Women  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Documentary films
Citation:
Black African Heritage: The Slave Coast, Record Group 09-037, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.09-037, Item ACMA AV000834
See more items in:
Broadcast Programs
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa752cd09ea-57b1-420c-a659-4c80e206d667
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-09-037-ref3

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

Directed by:
Karen Thorsen, American  Search this
Subject of:
James Baldwin, American, 1924 - 1987  Search this
Amiri Baraka, American, 1934 - 2014  Search this
Maya Angelou, American, 1928 - 2014  Search this
Bobby Short, American, 1924 - 2005  Search this
David Adams Leeming, American  Search this
William Styron, American, 1925 - 2006  Search this
Ishmael Reed, American, born 1938  Search this
Lucien Happersberger, Swiss, 1932 - 2010  Search this
Owned by:
D.C. Public Library, American, founded 1896  Search this
Medium:
acetate film
Dimensions:
Duration (Reel 1): 50 Minutes
Length (Film): 1800 Feet
Duration (Reel 2): 24 Minutes
Length (Film): 850 Feet
Type:
sound films
color films (visual works)
feature films
16mm (photographic film size)
Place depicted:
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Istanbul, Turkey, Middle East, Asia
Switzerland, Europe
Paris, Île-de-France, France, Europe
Date:
1989
Topic:
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Gender  Search this
LGBTQ  Search this
Literature  Search this
Sexuality  Search this
Spirituality  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2017.55.23.1ab
Restrictions & Rights:
© Karen Thorsen (Nobody Knows Productions). Permission required for use.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
DC Public Library Film Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd574f1a239-a28e-43aa-8216-2a68ae372bdb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2017.55.23.1ab

Dr. Maya Angelou In Conversation with Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole - National Portrait Gallery

Creator:
National Portrait Gallery  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2014-05-30T20:24:07.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Portraits  Search this
See more by:
NatlPortraitGallery
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
YouTube Channel:
NatlPortraitGallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_-sHTpGfPe1c
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John Outterbridge papers

Creator:
Outterbridge, John, 1933-2020  Search this
Names:
Watts Towers Art Center  Search this
Angelou, Maya  Search this
Bradley, Tom, 1917-  Search this
Hines, Gregory  Search this
Marley, Bob  Search this
Otis, Johnny, 1921-  Search this
Simone, Nina, 1933-2003  Search this
White, Charles, 1918-1979  Search this
Extent:
4.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Transcripts
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Interviews
Video recordings
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Watts (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc
Date:
1953-1997
Summary:
The papers of Los Angeles African American painter, sculptor, and arts administrator John Outterbridge measure 4.8 linear feet and date from 1953 to 1997. The papers include biographical material, correspondence, writings, professional and project files, Watts Towers Arts Center files, exhibition files, printed material, photographs, a scrapbook, and one motion picture film reel.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Los Angeles African American painter, sculptor, and arts administrator John Outterbridge measure 4.8 linear feet and date from 1953 to 1997. The papers include biographical material, correspondence, writings, professional and project files, Watts Towers Arts Center files, exhibition files, printed material, photographs, a scrapbook, and one motion picture film reel.

Biographical material includes life documents, awards, interview transcripts, a few sketches, teaching certificates, and a motion picture film reel entitled John Outterbridge: Black Artist.

The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters to John Outterbridge from family, artists, colleagues, museums, and universities. Notable correspondents include Maya Angelou, Johnny Otis, and Charles White.

Writings include teaching notes, an artist statement, nine typescript essays by Outterbridge, as well as papers written by students, and poems by various artists.

Professional and project files document Outterbridge's involvement in conferences, symposiums, membership records, and fellowships. There are grant and job applications, contracts, correspondence, project plans, and administrative records. There is documentation of the Metro Art for Rail Transit project and of his work as director of the Communicative Arts Academy. Outterbridge's directorship of the Watts Towers Arts Center (WTAC) are arranged in a separate series; files document administration, annual programs and events, and special projects.

Exhibition files are found for several exhibitions in which Outterbridge participated in the mid-1990s. Printed material includes clippings about John Outterbridge and the Watts Towers Arts Center, exhibition catalogs, announcements, books, and magazines.

There is one scrapbook that contains clippings, award certificates, and photographs of the Watts Towers Arts Center events. There are photographs of Johnny Otis, Nina Simone, and L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley.

Photographs are of John Outterbridge and his artwork, studio, family, friends, and events. Among those depicted in the photographs are Bob Marley and Gregory Hines.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 9 series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1953-1997 (0.7 linear feet; Box 1, OV 6, FC 9)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1970-1997 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 1-2, OV 7)

Series 3: Writings, circa 1980-1996 (0.2 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 4: Professional and Project Files, circa 1970-1997 (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 2-3, OV 8)

Series 5: Watts Towers Arts Center, 1976-1997 (0.4 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 6: Exhibition Files, 1992-1996 (0.2 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 7: Printed Materials, 1968-1997 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 3-4)

Series 8: Scrapbook, 1968-1997 (0.5 linear feet; Box 5)

Series 9: Photographs, 1953-1995 (0.2 linear feet; Box 4-5)
Biographical / Historical:
John Outterbridge is an African American painter, sculptor and arts administrator in Los Angeles, California.

John Wilfred Outterbridge was born in Greenville, North Carolina in 1933. He attended Agricultural and Technical University in Greensboro, North Carolina and studied engineering for one year before joining the U.S. Army in 1953. He served two years in Europe where he started painting street scenes in his spare time. His paintings were liked and his Captain found a studio space for him, where he painted murals and artwork in offices, clubs, and American schools.

Outterbridge decided that he needed a formal education in art and after his discharge from the Army in 1955, he relocated to Chicago and enrolled first in the Chicago Academy of Art, and later in the American Academy of Art. He became active in the Chicago art scene and opened a gallery with artists John Pinkney, Elliot Hunter, and Jose Williams. While attending school, he also worked for a graphic arts firm running errands and as a Chicago Transit Authority bus driver.

Outterbridge married his wife Beverly in 1960 and they moved to Los Angeles in 1963. He worked at a production studio for a while and got an offer from another studio to become its art director. After a few years, Outterbridge took two years off and began experimenting with with other medium, such as found objects and sculpture.

Outterbridge then took a job in the art installation department of the Pasadena Art Museum where he met artists such as Peter Alexander, Richard Serra, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol while helping with their exhibits. In addition to working on installations, Outterbridge taught sculpture classes at the museum and at several colleges such as Pasadena City College, Claremont College, Cal State Dominguez Hills, and University of California at Irvine.

From 1969-1975, Outterbridge was the director of the Compton Communicative Arts Academy. From 1975-1993, Outterbridge was the director of the Watts Towers Arts Center, a focal point in Los Angesle for African American visual and theatrical arts and the sponsor of the Watts Towers Jazz Festival and Day of the Drum Festival. He retired in 1993 to dedicate more time to his art.

Outterbridge's art can be found at the California African American Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has received awards throughout his career including fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, Getty Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He received an honorary doctorate from Otis College of Art and Design in 1994.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also has an oral history interview with John Outterbridge conducted by Allen Bassing in 1973.

A copy of the film John Outterbridge: Black Artist is available in the Samella Lewis papers, in the Rose Library at Emory University.
Provenance:
The John Outterbridge papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by John Outterbridge in 1997.
Restrictions:
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Rights:
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Painters -- California  Search this
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Citation:
John Outterbridge papers, 1953-1997. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Introduction - Angelou, Maya, 1993

Collection Creator::
Robbins, Warren M.  Search this
Container:
Box 73 of 87
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-001, Warren M. Robbins Papers
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Warren M. Robbins Papers
Warren M. Robbins Papers / Series 11: Publications, Writings, Lectures, Speeches, Introductions, and Remarks, 1951-2002 / Box 73
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Angelou, Maya, 1981-2000

Collection Creator::
Robbins, Warren M.  Search this
Container:
Box 8 of 87
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-001, Warren M. Robbins Papers
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Warren M. Robbins Papers
Warren M. Robbins Papers / Series 3: Correspondence, 1951-2009 / Box 8
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Angelou, Maya (Reynolda House)

Collection Creator::
National Museum of African Art. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 15
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 634, National Museum of African Art. Office of the Director, Records
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Records
Records / Box 2
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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