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Ed Clark papers

Creator:
Clark, Edward, 1926-2019  Search this
Names:
Cinque Gallery  Search this
Gentry, Herbert, 1919-2003  Search this
Hutson, Bill, 1936-  Search this
Joans, Ted  Search this
Extent:
8.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1923-2017
Summary:
The papers of African American abstract expressionist painter Ed Clark measure 8.9 linear feet and date from 1923 to 2017. The collection documents Clark's work as a professional artist through biographical material; correspondence with family, galleries, and friends, most notably Cinque Gallery, Herbert Gentry, Bill Hutson, and Ted Joans; writings, including documentation for the book Edward Clark: For the Sake of the Search; personal business records, including consignment and sales records; and material related to professional activities, including files on significant exhibitions and projects, gallery files, and teaching records. Also in the collection are exhibition announcements, catalogs, news clippings, and other printed material documenting Clark's work; photographic material depicting Ed Clark, his artwork, and other individuals; and a small amount of original artwork by Clark and others.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of African American abstract expressionist painter Ed Clark measure 8.9 linear feet and date from 1923 to 2017. The collection documents Clark's work as a professional artist through biographical material; correspondence with family, galleries, and friends, most notably Cinque Gallery, Herbert Gentry, Bill Hutson, and Ted Joans; writings, including documentation for the book Edward Clark: For the Sake of the Search; personal business records, including consignment and sales records; and material related to professional activities, including files on significant exhibitions and projects, gallery files, and teaching records. Also in the collection are exhibition announcements, catalogs, news clippings, and other printed material documenting Clark's work; photographic material depicting Ed Clark, his artwork, and other individuals; and a small amount of original artwork by Clark and others.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as eight series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1943-2016 (Boxes 1, 10; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1926, circa 1943-2016 (Boxes 1-3; 2.1 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1955, 1980-2006, 2015, undated (Boxes 3-4, 10; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1953, 1966-2015 (Boxes 4, 10; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 5: Professional Activities, circa 1954-2016 (Boxes 4-5, 10; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1923-1926, 1950-2017, undated (Boxes 5-8, 10, OV 11-14; 3.3 linear feet)

Series 7: Photographic Material, 1928, 1952-2014, undated (Boxes 8-9, 10; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 8: Artwork, 1977-1997, undated (Boxes 9-10, OV 14; 0.1 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Ed Clark (1926- ) is an abstract expressionist painter who worked in Paris, France and New York. Clark was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1926. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1946 to 1951 and enrolled at the Académie de la Grande Chaumièré in Paris after his arrival there in 1952. After his return to the United States, Clark became a charter member of the Brata Gallery. In 1957 he premiered his shaped canvas at the Brata Gallery Christmas group show. This shaped canvas is generally considered to be the first of its kind. In 1958, he began using a push broom to apply broad strokes of color to canvases on his studio floor.

Ed Clark has received multiple awards and honors including the National Endowment for the Arts' Master Award (1972), the United States Congressional Achievement Award (1994), and the Art Institute of Chicago's Legends and Legacy Award (2013). He has exhibited widely and his work is held in many collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the California Afro-American Museum, the Centro de Arté Moderno in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, Louisiana State University, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the New York Public Library Schomburg Center.
Related Materials:
A 30-minute documentary recording, Ed Clark: a brush with success (2007) produced by Mark Hammond and Charles Martin is available at the Anacostia Community Museum Library.
Provenance:
The Ed Clark papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Melanca Clark, Ed Clark's daughter.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- France -- Paris  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Shaped canvas  Search this
Citation:
Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.clarked
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Ed Clark papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-clarked
Online Media:

California Afro-American Museum - Novae: William H. Johnson and Bob Thompson (1990)

Collection Creator:
Thompson, Bob, 1937-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 30
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1985-1990
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of video recording requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
"Bob Thompson Happening" (1965) video: Permission to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Joanne Elkin. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Bob Thompson papers, 1949-2005. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Bob Thompson papers
Bob Thompson papers / Series 4: Exhibition Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-thombob-ref117

California Afro-American Museum

Collection Creator:
Outterbridge, John, 1933-2020  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 52
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1988-1996
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.
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John Outterbridge papers
John Outterbridge papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-outtjohn-ref73

The Real McCoy - Installation Slides from California Afro-American Museum in LA

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Traveling Exhibition Service  Search this
Container:
Box 22 of 40
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-161, Smithsonian Institution, Traveling Exhibition Service, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Box 22
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-161-refidd1e6669

Thompson - California Afro-American Museum

Collection Creator::
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Container:
Box 6 of 16
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-166, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Office of the Registrar, Records
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Records
Records / Box 6
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa96-166-refidd1e4309

Jacob Lawrence, "Vaudeville", "Parade" - California Afro-American Museum, Los Angeles, California, 5/86

Collection Creator::
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 03-145, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Office of the Registrar, Loan Records
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Loan Records
Loan Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa03-145-refidd1e682

Lonnie G. Bunch Papers

Creator::
Bunch, Lonnie G.  Search this
Extent:
26.07 cu. ft. (24 record storage boxes) (3 16x20 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Books
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Pamphlets
Electronic records
Floppy disks
Compact discs
Electronic mail
Architectural drawings
Floor plans
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Color negatives
Color photographs
Audiotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Videotapes
Place:
United States -- Race relations
United States -- Armed Forces -- African Americans
West (U.S.) -- Social life and customs $y 19th century
Newark (N.J.)
Date:
1952-2010
Descriptive Entry:
The Lonnie G. Bunch Papers include both personal materials and professional records from the various institutions that he worked at as well as his teaching positions. The personal materials include family correspondence, family history records, and photographs. In relation to his teaching positions there are course syllabi, reading lists, notes, course examinations, notebooks, course proposals, lectures, bibliographies, and class evaluations. From his work at the National Air and Space Museum, the California Afro-American Museum, the National Museum of American History, the Chicago Historical Society, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture there is correspondence; memoranda; grant proposals; exhibition records such as brochures, invitations, catalogs, clippings, press releases, press kits, photographs, oral history recordings on audiocassettes, oral history transcripts, scripts, object lists, educational materials, floor plans, architectural drawings, research and meeting notes, evaluations, and ephemera; conference presentations; professional association records; journal articles; book and exhibition reviews; and other related materials. Some materials are in electronic format.

Significant exhibitions documented from the California Afro-American Museum include Allensworth: An Enduring Dream, The Black Olympians: 1904-1984, and Black Angelenos: The Afro-American in Los Angeles, 1850-1950; significant exhibitions documented from the National Museum of America History include: The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden, Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition of American History and Culture, and Communities in a Changing Nation: The Promise of 19th-Century America.
Historical Note:
Born in the Newark, New Jersey area, Lonnie G. Bunch received his bachelor's (1974) and Master's (1975) degrees from American University in Washington, D.C.

After receiving his Master's, Bunch was an Adjunct Lecturer at American University from 1976-1978. From January 1978 to May 1979 Bunch was an Education Specialist at the National Air and Space Museum. He resumed teaching at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, as an Assistant Professor of American and Afro-American History from June 1979 to August 1981. After that he was a Historian and Teacher at the Packer Collegiate Institute from September 1981 to June 1983.

Moving over to the west coast, Bunch became curator of History and Program Manager at the California Afro-American Museum in Los Angeles from 1983-1989. While at the museum, Bunch organized several award-winning exhibitions such as The Black Olympians, 1904-1984 and Black Angelenos: The Afro-American in Los Angeles, 1850-1950. In addition to his work on exhibitions, Bunch also produced several historical documentaries for public television.

In 1989 Bunch headed back east to become an Adjunct Professor of Museum Studies at George Washington University before beginning his tenure at the National Museum of American History (NMAH) in that same year. Bunch was the Senior Curator of Political History at the museum until 1992 when he became the Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs, 1992-1994, and then Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs, 1994-2000. His tenure at NMAH saw him managing curatorial and collections management staff as well as working on major exhibitions such as The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden and Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition of American History and Culture for the American Festival Japan in 1994.

Bunch left the museum to become the president of the Chicago Historical Society (CHS) in 2001. While at CHS, Bunch led a successful capital campaign to transform the CHS in anticipation of its 150th anniversary, initiated various outreach initiatives to diverse communities around Chicago, as well as helped open numerous exhibitions.

In July 2005 Bunch came back to the Smithsonian to become the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). As director of NMAAHC, Bunch guided the museum and its staff to build the 400,000 square foot museum near the Washington Monument as well as develop a collection of some 40,000 objects that explore, document and exemplify the African American story and its influence on American and world history.

On June 16, 2019 it was announced that Bunch would be the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He was installed as Secretary on November 1, 2019.

As an author, Bunch has written widely on topics including the black military experience, the American presidency, the African American experience in the American West, diversity in museum management, and the influence of funding and politics on American museums.

Bunch has served on the advisory boards of the American Alliance of Museums and the American Association for State and Local History. Additionally, he was appointed to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House in 2002 by President George W. Bush and reappointed by President Barack Obama in 2010.
Topic:
Museum directors  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Traveling exhibitions  Search this
Museums -- Political aspects  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museums -- Social aspects  Search this
Public history -- United States  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Historical museums  Search this
Historians  Search this
Social history  Search this
African Americans -- History  Search this
Teaching  Search this
Museums -- Administration  Search this
African American soldiers  Search this
Museum finance  Search this
Presidents -- United States -- History  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Pamphlets
Electronic records
Floppy disks
Compact discs
Electronic mail
Architectural drawings
Floor plans
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Color negatives
Color photographs
Audiotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Videotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-200, Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
Identifier:
Accession 19-200
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Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-fa19-200

CALIFORNIA AFRO-AMERICAN MUSEUM, 1984-1989

Collection Creator::
Bunch, Lonnie G.  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-200, Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
Identifier:
Accession 19-200, Series 5
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Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-200-refidd1e1466

Box 3

Collection Creator::
Bunch, Lonnie G.  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-200, Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
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Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
Lonnie G. Bunch Papers / Series 5: CALIFORNIA AFRO-AMERICAN MUSEUM, 1984-1989
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-200-refidd1e1475

Correspondence - General, 1982-1989

Collection Creator::
Bunch, Lonnie G.  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 27
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-200, Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
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Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
Lonnie G. Bunch Papers / Series 5: CALIFORNIA AFRO-AMERICAN MUSEUM, 1984-1989 / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-200-refidd1e1482

Correspondence - Associated Graphics, Arts, and Letters - Gone With The Wind memorabilia, 1987

Collection Creator::
Bunch, Lonnie G.  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 27
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-200, Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
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Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
Lonnie G. Bunch Papers / Series 5: CALIFORNIA AFRO-AMERICAN MUSEUM, 1984-1989 / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-200-refidd1e1493

Correspondence - Japanese American National Museum, 1988-1989

Collection Creator::
Bunch, Lonnie G.  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 27
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-200, Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
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Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
Lonnie G. Bunch Papers / Series 5: CALIFORNIA AFRO-AMERICAN MUSEUM, 1984-1989 / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-200-refidd1e1508

Correspondence - Wayne State University, Francis Shor, 1988

Collection Creator::
Bunch, Lonnie G.  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 27
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-200, Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
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Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
Lonnie G. Bunch Papers / Series 5: CALIFORNIA AFRO-AMERICAN MUSEUM, 1984-1989 / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-200-refidd1e1519

Correspondence - Winneconne Historical Society, 1988

Collection Creator::
Bunch, Lonnie G.  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 27
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-200, Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
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Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
Lonnie G. Bunch Papers / Series 5: CALIFORNIA AFRO-AMERICAN MUSEUM, 1984-1989 / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-200-refidd1e1531

California Assembly Bill Number 420 - Establishment of the California Museum of Afro-American History and Culture, September 2, 1977

Collection Creator::
Bunch, Lonnie G.  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 27
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-200, Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
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Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
Lonnie G. Bunch Papers / Series 5: CALIFORNIA AFRO-AMERICAN MUSEUM, 1984-1989 / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-200-refidd1e1542

Invitation - Dedication of the California Afro-American Museum, July 22, 1984

Collection Creator::
Bunch, Lonnie G.  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 27
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-200, Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
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Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
Lonnie G. Bunch Papers / Series 5: CALIFORNIA AFRO-AMERICAN MUSEUM, 1984-1989 / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-200-refidd1e1553

California Afro-American Museum - Annual Report, July 22, 1984

Collection Creator::
Bunch, Lonnie G.  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 27
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-200, Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
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Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
Lonnie G. Bunch Papers / Series 5: CALIFORNIA AFRO-AMERICAN MUSEUM, 1984-1989 / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-200-refidd1e1564

California Afro-American Museum - Brochure, undated

Collection Creator::
Bunch, Lonnie G.  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 27
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-200, Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
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Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
Lonnie G. Bunch Papers / Series 5: CALIFORNIA AFRO-AMERICAN MUSEUM, 1984-1989 / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-200-refidd1e1575

California Afro-American Museum - Lonnie Bunch business cards

Collection Creator::
Bunch, Lonnie G.  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 27
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-200, Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
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Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
Lonnie G. Bunch Papers / Series 5: CALIFORNIA AFRO-AMERICAN MUSEUM, 1984-1989 / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-200-refidd1e1586

Program Manager position, 1983

Collection Creator::
Bunch, Lonnie G.  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 27
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-200, Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
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Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
Lonnie G. Bunch Papers / Series 5: CALIFORNIA AFRO-AMERICAN MUSEUM, 1984-1989 / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-200-refidd1e1598

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