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Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001

Creator:
Thomas, Alma, 1891-1978  Search this
Thomas, Alma, 1891-1978  Search this
Subject:
Thomas, J. Maurice (John Maurice)  Search this
Tarbary, Celine  Search this
Sarg, Tony  Search this
Taylor, Joshua Charles  Search this
Johnson, Nathalie J. Cole  Search this
Bader, Franz  Search this
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme  Search this
Martha Jackson Gallery  Search this
Art in Embassies Program (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Audiocassettes
Video recordings
Photographs
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Washington Color School (Group of artists)  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Women painters  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American painters  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9241
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211436
AAA_collcode_thomalma
Theme:
African American
Lives of American Artists
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211436
Online Media:

Alma Thomas papers

Creator:
Thomas, Alma  Search this
Names:
Art in Embassies Program (U.S.)  Search this
Martha Jackson Gallery  Search this
Bader, Franz, 1903-1994  Search this
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, 1896-1986  Search this
Johnson, Nathalie J. Cole  Search this
Sarg, Tony, 1882-1942  Search this
Tarbary, Celine  Search this
Taylor, Joshua Charles, 1917-  Search this
Thomas, J. Maurice (John Maurice), 1900 or 1901-  Search this
Extent:
5.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Audiocassettes
Video recordings
Photographs
Date:
circa 1894-2001
Summary:
The papers of Washington, D.C. painter and art educator Alma Thomas, date from circa 1894-2001 and measure 5.5 linear feet. The papers document Thomas's work as a teacher, and her development and success as a painter of the Washington Color School, through biographical material, letters, notes and writings, personal business records, exhibition files, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographs, an audio recording, and two video recordings.
Scope and Contents note:
The papers of Washington, D.C. painter and art educator Alma Thomas, date from circa 1894-2001 and measure 5.5 linear feet. The papers document Thomas's work as a teacher, and her development and success as a painter of the Washington Color School, through biographical material, letters, notes and writings, personal business records, exhibition files, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographs, an audio recording, and two video recordings.

Biographical material includes identity cards, chronologies, an audio recording including a biographical account, and scattered documentation of Thomas's education and teaching careers with D.C. Public Schools, Howard University, and Thomas Garrett Settlement in Wilmington, Delaware. Also found are records relating to Thomas's participation in a summer marionette class taught by Tony Sarg in 1934, and a tour of European art centers which Thomas took in 1958.

Letters relate primarily to the exhibition of Thomas's work and related events and are from galleries, museums, other art institutions, colleagues, and friends including Franz Bader, Adelyn Breeskin, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Howard University Gallery of Art, Martha Jackson Gallery, Nathalie J. Cole Johnson, Vincent Melzac, Celine Tabary, and Joshua Taylor.

Notes and writings include four notebooks and autobiographical writings by Thomas, a "Birthday Book," and an annotated engagement calendar. J. Maurice Thomas's writings about Alma Thomas, her research for a bibliography on James Weldon Johnson, and writings by others, including Jacob Kainen, about Alma Thomas, are also found here.

Exhibition files contain a wide variety of documentation for many group and solo exhibitions of Thomas's work from the early 1950s through a 1998-2000 traveling retrospective exhibition, including solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1972. The records include letters from Franz Bader Gallery, David Driskell at Fisk University, and Vincent Melzac. Photographs include Thomas with individuals including William Buckner, Jeff Donaldson, David Driskell, James W. Herring, and Vincent Melzac. Also found is a photograph of the 1951 Little Paris Studio Group picturing Lois Mailou Jones, Celine Tabary, Alma Thomas, and others. Two video recordings are of events related to the 1998-2000 retrospective at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Columbus Museum of Art. Records documenting a 1981-1982 exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, A Life in Art: Alma Thomas, includes the script of a video written by Adolphus Ealey.

Personal business records include price lists, gift and loan receipts, and files concerning the Art in Embassies Program, the Martha Jackson Gallery, a benefit auction for the Corcoran School of Art, and the designation of the Thomas family home in Washington, D.C. as a historic property.

Eleven scrapbooks document Thomas's teaching career through the activities of the art classes she taught at Shaw Junior High School.

Printed materials include announcements and catalogs for exhibitions and other events; clippings which document Thomas's career and subjects of interest to her; Christmas cards featuring block prints designed by Thomas; and other programs and publications featuring Thomas.

Photographs are of Alma Thomas, family, and friends and colleagues including Sam Gilliam, James V. Herring, and Nathalie V. Cole Johnson; art classes taught by Thomas; Thomas's homes in Columbus, Georgia and Washington, D.C.; and exhibitions not documented in Series 4: Exhibition Files, including photographs of Alma Thomas at an opening at Barnett Aden Gallery with Alonzo Aden and others.
Arrangement note:
The papers have been arranged into 8 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1911-2001 (Box 1; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Letters, circa 1930-2001 (Boxes 1-2; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 3: Notes and Writings, circa 1920s-circa 1998 (Box 2; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1951-2000 (Boxes 2-3, OV 7; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 5: Personal Business Records, circa 1950s-1994 (Box 3; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 6: Printed Material, circa 1908-2000 (Boxes 3-5, OV 7; 1.8 linear feet)

Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1930-1946 (Box 5; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1894-2001 (Boxes 5-6; 0.6 linear feet)
Biographical/Historical note:
Washington, D.C. painter and art educator Alma Thomas (1891-1978) was known for her abstract paintings filled with dense patterns of color, and was considered a major artist of the Washington Color School.

Thomas was born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1894, and was the eldest of the four daughters of John Harris Thomas and Amelia Cantey Thomas. The family moved to Washington, D.C. in 1906 and Thomas was first introduced to art classes at Armstrong Technical High School. Following her graduation in 1911 she took a course in kindergarten teaching at the Miner Normal School, and subsequently worked as a substitute teacher in the Washington, D.C. public school system until 1914, when she took a teaching position on the Eastern shore of Maryland. From 1916 to 1923 she taught kindergarten at Thomas Garrett Settlement House in Wilmington, Delaware.

Thomas originally enrolled at Howard University in Washington, D.C. as a home economics major in 1921, but after studying under Lois Mailou Jones amd James V. Herring in Herring's newly established art department, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art in 1924, and became the first person to graduate from the program. Thomas then began her teaching career at Shaw Junior High School in Washington, D.C. that lasted from 1924, until her retirement in 1960. During this time she established community arts programs that would encourage her students to develop an appreciation of fine arts. Activities included marionette programs, distribution of student-designed holiday menu cards for dinners given for soldiers at the Tuskegee Veterans' Hospital, art clubs, lectures, and student exhibitions. In 1943 she became the founding vice president of Barnett Aden Gallery, which was established by James V. Herring and Alonzo Aden and was the first integrated gallery in Washington, D.C.

In 1934 Thomas earned an M.A. degree in Art Education from Columbia University. At American University in Washington, D.C., she studied creative painting under Joe Summerford, Robert Gates, and Jacob Kainen from 1950 to 1960, and began to break away from representational painting and experiment more seriously with Abstract Expressionism. In 1958 she participated in a tour of the art centers of Western Europe under the auspices of the Tyler School of Fine Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Following her retirement from teaching in 1960, Thomas devoted herself full-time to painting, and continued to develop her signature style. She was inspired by nature and the desire to express beauty through composition and color, and refused to be constrained by societal expectations related to her race, gender, and age, achieving her greatest success in the last decade of her life. Her work was exhibited at the Dupont Theatre Art Gallery, Franz Bader Gallery, and the Howard University Gallery of Art, before she was honored in 1972 with exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Thomas's work has been exhibited at the White House and can be found in the permanent collections of major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Separated Materials note:
In 1979, J. Maurice Thomas loaned papers for microfilming. Most, but not all, of the loaned material was later donated and is described in this finding aid. Loaned materials not donated at a later date are available on reels 1541-1543 and are not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Provenance:
J. Maurice Thomas, the artist's sister, loaned portions of the collection for microfilming in 1979. Most, but not all of this material was then later donated in several accretions by J. Maurice Thomas, between 1979 and 2004. Charles Thomas Lewis, Thomas' nephew, gave additional papers in 2010.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
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 -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Educators -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Washington Color School (Group of artists)  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Women painters  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Audiocassettes
Video recordings
Photographs
Citation:
Alma Thomas papers, circa 1894-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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AAA.thomalma
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-thomalma
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All Things Connected

Culture/People:
Osage  Search this
Artist/Maker:
Norman Akers, Osage/Chaticks Si Chaticks (Pawnee), b. 1958  Search this
Commissioner:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
ART in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State  Search this
Donor:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
Publisher:
Tamarind Institute (Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc.), 1960-  Search this
Title:
All Things Connected
Object Name:
Print
Media/Materials:
Arches paper, ink
Techniques:
Lithographed
Dimensions:
76.2 x 55.9 cm
Object Type:
Painting/Drawing/Print
Place:
Kansas; USA (inferred)
Date created:
2007
Catalog Number:
26/6455
Barcode:
266455.000
See related items:
Osage
Painting/Drawing/Print
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws68fe1b1ce-11a3-415f-820e-0723cb6cea08
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_387298
Online Media:

Blanket Stories: Continuum (Book I/Book III)

Culture/People:
Seneca  Search this
Artist/Maker:
Marie Watt, Seneca, b. 1967  Search this
Commissioner:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
ART in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State  Search this
Donor:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
Publisher:
Tamarind Institute (Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc.), 1960-  Search this
Title:
Blanket Stories: Continuum (Book I/Book III)
Object Name:
Print
Media/Materials:
Arches paper, ink
Techniques:
Lithographed
Dimensions:
38.7 x 56.5 cm
Object Type:
Painting/Drawing/Print
Place:
Portland; Multnomah County; Oregon; USA (inferred)
Date created:
2007
Catalog Number:
26/6464
Barcode:
266464.000
See related items:
Seneca
Painting/Drawing/Print
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6929c78d5-3232-45e5-a43d-a31f3b3ed84a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_387299
Online Media:

The Desert, the Yaquis, and NYC

Culture/People:
Yoeme (Yaqui) [Pascua Yaqui]  Search this
Artist/Maker:
Mario Martinez, Yoeme (Yaqui) [Pascua Yaqui], b. 1953  Search this
Commissioner:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
ART in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State  Search this
Donor:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
Publisher:
Tamarind Institute (Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc.), 1960-  Search this
Title:
The Desert, the Yaquis, and NYC
Object Name:
Print
Media/Materials:
Arches paper, ink
Techniques:
Lithographed
Dimensions:
68.6 x 47 cm
Object Type:
Painting/Drawing/Print
Place:
New York City; New York; USA (inferred)
Date created:
2007
Catalog Number:
26/6456
Barcode:
266456.000
See related items:
Yoeme (Yaqui) [Pascua Yaqui]
Painting/Drawing/Print
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6a763cd90-a9ea-422a-abc0-9174be93e2c3
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_387300
Online Media:

First light, Winter Solstice

Culture/People:
Tlingit  Search this
Artist/Maker:
Larry McNeil, Tlingit/Nisga'a (Niska), b. 1955  Search this
Commissioner:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
ART in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State  Search this
Donor:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
Publisher:
Tamarind Institute (Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc.), 1960-  Search this
Title:
First light, Winter Solstice
Object Name:
Print
Media/Materials:
Arches paper, ink
Techniques:
Lithographed
Dimensions:
56.2 x 75.9 cm
Object Type:
Painting/Drawing/Print
Place:
Boise (Boise City); Ada County; Idaho; USA
Date created:
2007
Catalog Number:
26/6457
Barcode:
266457.000
See related items:
Tlingit
Painting/Drawing/Print
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6ae86b4b8-f837-479b-b6fd-067fc15b5fee
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_387301
Online Media:

We Are All Knots in the Great Net of Life

Culture/People:
Salish (Flathead)  Search this
Artist/Maker:
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Salish (Flathead)/Cree/Shoshone, b. 1940  Search this
Commissioner:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
ART in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State  Search this
Donor:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
Publisher:
Tamarind Institute (Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc.), 1960-  Search this
Title:
We Are All Knots in the Great Net of Life
Object Name:
Print
Media/Materials:
Arches paper, ink
Techniques:
Lithographed
Dimensions:
68.3 x 50.8 cm
Object Type:
Painting/Drawing/Print
Place:
New Mexico; USA (inferred)
Date created:
2007
Catalog Number:
26/6458
Barcode:
266458.000
See related items:
Salish (Flathead)
Painting/Drawing/Print
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6940913b1-f168-4d03-817e-21d08eb92a52
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_387302
Online Media:

Blanket Stories: Continuum (Book I/Book III)

Culture/People:
Seneca  Search this
Artist/Maker:
Marie Watt, Seneca, b. 1967  Search this
Commissioner:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
ART in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State  Search this
Donor:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
Publisher:
Tamarind Institute (Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc.), 1960-  Search this
Title:
Blanket Stories: Continuum (Book I/Book III)
Object Name:
Print
Media/Materials:
Arches paper, ink
Techniques:
Lithographed
Dimensions:
38.7 x 56.5 cm
Object Type:
Painting/Drawing/Print
Place:
Portland; Multnomah County; Oregon; USA (inferred)
Date created:
2007
Catalog Number:
26/6459
Barcode:
266459.000
See related items:
Seneca
Painting/Drawing/Print
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6a128321d-756f-431d-bcb6-2c1d51dfbf5a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_387303
Online Media:

All Things Connected

Culture/People:
Osage  Search this
Artist/Maker:
Norman Akers, Osage/Chaticks Si Chaticks (Pawnee), b. 1958  Search this
Commissioner:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
ART in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State  Search this
Donor:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
Publisher:
Tamarind Institute (Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc.), 1960-  Search this
Title:
All Things Connected
Object Name:
Print
Media/Materials:
Arches paper, ink
Techniques:
Lithographed
Dimensions:
76.2 x 55.9 cm
Object Type:
Painting/Drawing/Print
Place:
Kansas; USA (inferred)
Date created:
2007
Catalog Number:
26/6460
Barcode:
266460.000
See related items:
Osage
Painting/Drawing/Print
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws66bd76d5e-f3b2-4cf3-8ae0-2077d1821d52
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_387304
Online Media:

The Desert, the Yaquis, and NYC

Culture/People:
Yoeme (Yaqui)  Search this
Artist/Maker:
Mario Martinez, Yoeme (Yaqui) [Pascua Yaqui], b. 1953  Search this
Commissioner:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
ART in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State  Search this
Donor:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
Publisher:
Tamarind Institute (Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc.), 1960-  Search this
Title:
The Desert, the Yaquis, and NYC
Object Name:
Print
Media/Materials:
Arches paper, ink
Techniques:
Lithographed
Dimensions:
68.6 x 47 cm
Object Type:
Painting/Drawing/Print
Place:
New York City; New York; USA (inferred)
Date created:
2007
Catalog Number:
26/6461
Barcode:
266461.000
See related items:
Yoeme (Yaqui)
Painting/Drawing/Print
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws694dbf742-fdb9-4706-9bbe-5355b19b8eea
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_387305
Online Media:

First light, Winter Solstice

Culture/People:
Tlingit  Search this
Artist/Maker:
Larry McNeil, Tlingit/Nisga'a (Niska), b. 1955  Search this
Commissioner:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
ART in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State  Search this
Donor:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
Publisher:
Tamarind Institute (Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc.), 1960-  Search this
Title:
First light, Winter Solstice
Object Name:
Print
Media/Materials:
Arches paper, ink
Techniques:
Lithographed
Dimensions:
56.2 x 75.9 cm
Object Type:
Painting/Drawing/Print
Place:
Boise (Boise City); Ada County; Idaho; USA (inferred)
Date created:
2007
Catalog Number:
26/6462
Barcode:
266462.000
See related items:
Tlingit
Painting/Drawing/Print
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6d66ef39c-1ca8-460e-af0e-98e8742683d7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_387306
Online Media:

We Are All Knots in the Great Net of Life

Culture/People:
Salish (Flathead)  Search this
Artist/Maker:
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Salish (Flathead)/Cree/Shoshone, b. 1940  Search this
Commissioner:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
ART in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State  Search this
Donor:
National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI National Council)  Search this
Publisher:
Tamarind Institute (Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc.), 1960-  Search this
Title:
We Are All Knots in the Great Net of Life
Object Name:
Print
Media/Materials:
Arches paper, ink
Techniques:
Lithographed, drawn
Dimensions:
68.3 x 50.8 cm
Object Type:
Painting/Drawing/Print
Place:
New Mexico; USA (inferred)
Date created:
2007
Catalog Number:
26/6463
Barcode:
266463.000
See related items:
Salish (Flathead)
Painting/Drawing/Print
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws635531046-155d-4859-ac72-2271bf83a433
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_387307
Online Media:

William Penhallow Henderson papers, 1876-1987, bulk 1876-1943

Creator:
Henderson, William Penhallow, 1877-1943  Search this
Henderson, William Penhallow, 1877-1943  Search this
Subject:
Henderson, William Oliver  Search this
Henderson, Alice Corbin  Search this
Art in Embassies Program (U.S.)  Search this
Santa Fe Painters and Sculptors  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Architects -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Painters -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Furniture designers -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Craft  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9853
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212351
AAA_collcode_hendwill
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212351
Online Media:

Richard Dempsey papers, 1929-1989, bulk 1960s-1980s

Creator:
Dempsey, Richard W., 1909-1987  Search this
Dempsey, Richard W., 1909-1987  Search this
Subject:
Brooks, Vonja Kirkland  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob  Search this
Perlmutter, Jack  Search this
Waters, Ethel  Search this
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
Type:
Photographs
Poetry
Sketches
Place:
Colombia -- description and travel
Topic:
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Painting, Abstract -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Jamaica -- Description and Travel  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9942
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212493
AAA_collcode_demprich
Theme:
African American
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212493
Online Media:

Art in Embassies Program (U.S.) [Folder]

Additional name:
AIE  Search this
AIEP  Search this
ART  Search this
United States. Department of State. Art in Embassies Program  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:
Washington (D.C.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Art & Artist files at the Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_94446

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

William Penhallow Henderson papers

Creator:
Henderson, William Penhallow, 1877-1943  Search this
Names:
Art in Embassies Program (U.S.)  Search this
Santa Fe Painters and Sculptors  Search this
Henderson, Alice Corbin, 1881-1949  Search this
Henderson, William Oliver  Search this
Extent:
10.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Date:
1876-1987
bulk 1876-1943
Summary:
The papers of Chicago and Santa Fe painter, muralist, architect, and furniture designer William Penhallow Henderson measure 10.5 linear feet and date from 1876 to 1987 (bulk dates 1876 to 1943). Found within the papers are scattered biographical material; correspondence with friends and colleagues; three diaries; personal business records; two files concerning the Santa Fe Painters and Sculptors and the Art in Embassies Program; architecture, furniture, and other design project files; exhibition files; notes and writings; artwork, including 64 sketchbooks by Henderson and others; miscellaneous printed material; and photographs of Henderson, his family and colleagues.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Chicago and Santa Fe painter, architect, and furniture designer William Penhallow Henderson measure 10.5 linear feet and date from 1876 to 1987 (bulk dates 1876-1943). Found within the collection are biographical material; a file concerning Henderson's father William Oliver Henderson; correspondence primarily with colleagues discussing art-related topics; two diaries describing his student days in Paris, 1902-1903, and one concerning the latter part of his life; personal business records; subject files for the Santa Fe Painters and Sculptors and the Art in Embassies Program; architecture and furniture files containing notes, designs, and photographs of Henderson's work in these areas; additional project files concerning other projects, including a play, architectural projects, and a mural; exhibition files; notes and writings; artwork, including 64 sketchbooks by Henderson; miscellaneous printed material; and photographs of Henderson, his family, colleagues, and artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 13 series primarily according to type of material; materials within series are arranged chronologically.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1897-1984 (Boxes 1, 12; 14 folders)

Series 2: File on William Oliver Henderson, 1876-1906 (Box 1; 12 folders)

Series 3: Correspondence, 1883-1987 (Boxes 1-2; 1.9 linear feet)

Series 4: Diaries, 1902-1940 (Box 3; 4 folders)

Series 5: Personal Business Records, 1887-1984 (Box 3; 40 folders)

Series 6: Subject Files, 1921-1975 (Box 3; 2 folders)

Series 7: Architecture and Furniture Files, 1926-1983 (Boxes 3-4, 12, OV 14; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 8: Project Files, 1916-1942 (Boxes 4-5, 12, OV 14; 40 folders)

Series 9: Exhibition Files, 1927-1964 (Box 5; 25 folders)

Series 10: Notes and Writings, 1901-1985 (Boxes 5-6; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 11: Artwork, 1886-1929 (Boxes 6-8, OV 14; 1.9 linear feet)

Series 12: Printed Material, 1891-1988 (Boxes 8-9; 1.7 linear feet)

Series 13: Photographs, 1887-1985 (Boxes 9-11, 13; 1.6 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Painter, architect, and furniture designer, William Penhallow Henderson was born in 1877 in Medford, Massachusetts. His father, William Oliver Henderson was a friend of painter William Edward Norton and an amateur painter himself. During Henderson's childhood, the family moved several times, settling in Turkey Creek, Texas, in 1879, and Clifton, Kansas, in 1886.

Returning to Boston in 1891, Henderson studied at the Massachusetts Normal Art School and, and in 1899, entered the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, studying under Edmund C. Tarbell. In the following year, he won the Paige Traveling Scholarship for two years of study in Europe. His travels, from 1902-1903, included London, where he became acquainted with the family of John Singer Sargent. He also traveled to Paris, Berlin, Dresden, Madrid, and the Azores.

From 1904 to 1910, Henderson taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. In 1904 he painted in Mexico and Arizona with colleague Carl N. Werntz. He married the poet-editor of Poetry magazine, Alice Corbin in 1905, and their only child, Alice Oliver Henderson, was born in 1907.

Between 1906 and 1907 Henderson completed ten murals for the Joliet Township High School. Mrs. Henderson's book Anderson's Best Fairy Tales, illustrated by her husband, provided the funds for a second trip to Europe from 1910-1911. In 1914, Henderson built a house and studio of his own design at Lake Bluff, Illinois, and in the same year he was commissioned by Frank Lloyd Wright to design murals for Midway Gardens, Chicago. Unfortunately, the murals were painted over shortly after completion. In the following year, he designed the scenery and costumes for the Chicago Fine Arts Theatre production of Alice in Wonderland.

Due to his wife's failing health, the family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1916, and in 1918, Henderson was employed by the U. S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation in San Francisco to paint camouflage onto the hulls of ships during World War I.

In 1925, Henderson, with his first son-in-law John Evans, formed the Pueblo-Spanish Building Company, through which he designed and built many private homes and some public buildings, including the Railroad Ticket Office in Santa Fe. Henderson was also successful at designing carved wooden furniture. In the mid-1930s, he was appointed to the Federal Arts Project, for which he completed easel paintings and six murals for the Santa Fe Federal Court Building.

In 1937, Henderson completed the impressive Navajo House of Religion, built in the style of an American Indian hogan and later re-named the Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art.

William Penhallow Henderson died in 1943 in Tesuque, New Mexico.
Provenance:
The William Penhallow Henderson papers were donated by Carlton Colquitt, on behalf of the estate of his late wife, Alice Henderson Rossin, the daughter of William Penhallow Henderson, in 1988.
Restrictions:
Open for research. Use requires an appointment.
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.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Architects -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Painters -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Furniture designers -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Citation:
William Penhallow Henderson papers, 1876-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.hendwill
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William Penhallow Henderson papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw907ed777d-bfe7-4ea9-91e2-b949eec89bc1
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hendwill

The Art in Embassies Program : in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program, Washington, D.C. / essay by Andrew Solomon

Author:
Solomon, Andrew 1963-  Search this
Author:
Art in Embassies Program (U.S.)  Search this
United States Department of State  Search this
Subject:
Art in Embassies Program (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
47 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2004
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N8838 .S685 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_761366

Art collection of the United States Embassy Libreville, Gabon

Title:
Libreville
Libreville : art collection of the United States Embassy
Host institution:
United States Embassy (Gabon)  Search this
Issuing body:
Art in Embassies Program (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
United States Embassy (Gabon) Art collections  Search this
Art in Embassies Program (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
52 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Gabon
Libreville
Date:
2012
Topic:
Art, Gabonese  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Wood-carving, Fang  Search this
Art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1093887

Dakar, Senegal : art collection of the United States Embassy

Title:
Art collection of the United States Embassy
Editor:
Hurst, Ellen  Search this
Issuing body:
Art in Embassies Program (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
United States Embassy (Senegal) Art collections  Search this
Art in Embassies Program (U.S.)  Search this
Art in Embassies Program (U.S.) (OCoLC)fst00655476  Search this
United States Embassy (Senegal) (OCoLC)fst00602087  Search this
Physical description:
104 pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 31 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
2017
2018
21st century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art, Senegalese  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Call number:
N6512.7 .D38 2014z
N6512.7 .D38 2017
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1089649

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