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Clippings

Collection Creator:
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970-1978
Scope and Contents:
Oversized material housed in OV 2.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Elizabeth Catlett papers, 1957-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elizabeth Catlett papers / Series 1: Elizabeth Catlett Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw917b352fa-1a0a-497b-89de-abadc61e0c42
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-catleliz-ref10

Elizabeth Catlett Papers

Collection Creator:
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Linear feet (Box 1, OV 2)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957-1980
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of printed material, such as project-related press; exhibition announcements, catalogs, and posters; publications featuring articles about Catlett; clippings; and cards featuring reproductions of Catlett's work. Some of the exhibition materials and clippings, as well as the publication gente are in Spanish.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Elizabeth Catlett papers, 1957-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.catleliz, Series 1
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Elizabeth Catlett papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw996eba9f7-4eef-4bbc-bdd8-ca3edfe3fab1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-catleliz-ref1

Oversized Clippings

Collection Creator:
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
Container:
Box OV 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1967
1970-1979
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Elizabeth Catlett papers, 1957-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elizabeth Catlett papers
Elizabeth Catlett papers / Series 1: Elizabeth Catlett Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ba2e482b-4892-4745-b792-d8a020669b11
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-catleliz-ref11

Cards Featuring Reproductions of Catlett's Work

Collection Creator:
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Elizabeth Catlett papers, 1957-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elizabeth Catlett papers
Elizabeth Catlett papers / Series 1: Elizabeth Catlett Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92b5176b6-3d67-418e-be54-25834050dca7
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-catleliz-ref12

Materials Related to Unveiling of Students Aspire sculpture at Howard University School of Engineering

Collection Creator:
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1978
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Elizabeth Catlett papers, 1957-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elizabeth Catlett papers
Elizabeth Catlett papers / Series 1: Elizabeth Catlett Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a5a45f13-4242-43e1-a42a-17b714fca6b2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-catleliz-ref2

Exhibition and Lecture Announcements, Catalogs, Etc.

Collection Creator:
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957
1970-1975
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Elizabeth Catlett papers, 1957-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elizabeth Catlett papers
Elizabeth Catlett papers / Series 1: Elizabeth Catlett Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9d4535288-7b81-4f43-b122-7c036628a9ef
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-catleliz-ref3

Exhibition and Lecture Announcements, Catalogs, Etc.

Collection Creator:
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1976-1980
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Elizabeth Catlett papers, 1957-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elizabeth Catlett papers
Elizabeth Catlett papers / Series 1: Elizabeth Catlett Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9189817e2-1301-44e7-a08b-7b091ecb0fa2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-catleliz-ref4

Oversized Exhibition Posters

Collection Creator:
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
Container:
Box OV 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972-1975
1980
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Elizabeth Catlett papers, 1957-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elizabeth Catlett papers
Elizabeth Catlett papers / Series 1: Elizabeth Catlett Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9178df1e3-16b8-4bbf-82bc-116ca5d2b9cf
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-catleliz-ref5

Oversized Publication — Ebony vol.XXV no.3

Collection Creator:
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
Container:
Box OV 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970 January
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Elizabeth Catlett papers, 1957-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elizabeth Catlett papers
Elizabeth Catlett papers / Series 1: Elizabeth Catlett Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e13180f5-95e4-49e6-88d5-30f22e71e183
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-catleliz-ref6

Oversized Publication — gente no.103

Collection Creator:
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
Container:
Box OV 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970 April
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Elizabeth Catlett papers, 1957-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elizabeth Catlett papers
Elizabeth Catlett papers / Series 1: Elizabeth Catlett Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9917c48e2-49b4-43a8-bc9e-636e35dced89
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-catleliz-ref7

Oversized Publication — Tuesday At Home

Collection Creator:
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
Container:
Box OV 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974 December
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Elizabeth Catlett papers, 1957-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elizabeth Catlett papers
Elizabeth Catlett papers / Series 1: Elizabeth Catlett Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9bd45b7cd-e3ea-44e9-a876-06a600a89a3f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-catleliz-ref8

Black Art: An International Quarterly vol. 1, no. 1

Collection Creator:
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1976
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Elizabeth Catlett papers, 1957-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elizabeth Catlett papers
Elizabeth Catlett papers / Series 1: Elizabeth Catlett Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98bf55bdc-84c6-4ac2-90f8-5c40ef5013ec
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-catleliz-ref9

Elizabeth Catlett papers, 1957-1980

Creator:
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
African American  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7354
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209508
AAA_collcode_catleliz
Theme:
Women
African American
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209508
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Charles W. White papers

Creator:
White, Charles, 1918-1979  Search this
Names:
Belafonte Enterprises  Search this
Heritage Gallery  Search this
Otis Art Institute  Search this
Barthé, Richmond, 1901-1989  Search this
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
White, Frances Barrett  Search this
Extent:
12.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Date:
1933-1987
bulk 1960s-1970s
Summary:
The papers of Los Angeles painter, printmaker, and educator, Charles W. White, measure 12.9 linear feet and date from 1933 to 1987, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1960s to the 1970s. The collection contains biographical material, including a sound recording of an interview with White; personal and professional correspondence; writings by White and others about his philosophy of art, his life, and career; professional files documenting White's participation in a variety of boards, committees, juries, symposiums, professional projects, and commissions; teaching files documenting White's tenure at Otis Art Institute; extensive printed material charting White's career from the 1930s until his death; scrapbooks primarily documenting his early career; and a small series of photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Los Angeles painter, printmaker, and educator, Charles W. White, measure 12.9 linear feet and date from 1933 to 1987, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1960s to the 1970s. The collection contains biographical material including a sound recording of an interview with White; personal and professional correspondence; writings by White and others about his philosophy of art, his life, and career; professional files documenting White's participation in a variety of boards, committees, juries, symposiums, professional projects, and commissions; teaching files documenting White's tenure at Otis Art Institute; extensive printed material charting White's career from the 1930s until his death; scrapbooks primarily documenting his early career; and a small series of photographs.

Biographical material includes documentation of awards received by White, biographical notes, resumes, White's high school report cards, interview transcripts and a sound recording of an interview, and records related to Elizabeth Catlett from the 1940s.

Correspondence includes scattered letters from family and friends but is primarily professional. White's correspondence was often conducted by Benjamin Horowitz and, occasionally, by Frances White, although some scattered original drafts of letters by White can also be found in this series. The series documents many aspects of White's career including: his relationship with Horowitz and Heritage Gallery as his representative; sales, loans, and exhibitions of White's artwork at many museums, galleries, and art institutions; the publication of his work in journals, magazines, and books, and it's use in the film and music industries; and his relationships with others in the arts and the entertainment industry including Richmond Barthé, Margaret Burroughs, Bing Davis, David Driskell, Lorraine Hansberry, and Harry Belafonte's company, Belafonte Enterprises.

Writings by White include two addresses made to the Annual Conference of Negro Artists, statements on his philosophy of art, and an autobiographical essay. Writings by others include drafts of Benjamin Horowitz's book Images of Dignity:The Drawings of Charles White.

White's professional activities are further documented through records related to the many boards, committees, and exhibition and art contest juries he served on, as well as lectures he delivered, and panels and symposiums he participated in. White's professional files also contain records relating to fellowships he received and document projects such as designs for books, films, and magazines.

White's teaching files primarily relate to Otis Art Institute and contain some records related directly to his work there as well as general faculty and board material. The records document, to some extent, White's role as spokesperson for the faculty and students during the transfer of the Otis charter to Parsons School of Design in 1979. Documentation of White's association with Howard University is minimal and includes letters related to his appointment and resignation in 1978-1979.

Gallery and exhibition files document specific solo and group exhibitions and include records on two visits White made to Germany in 1974 and 1978.

Printed material includes announcements, exhibition catalogs, articles in journals, magazines, and news clippings, and publications with artwork by White that provide extensive coverage of White's career from the 1930s to his death. Also found is printed material collected by White on other artists, and on subjects of interest to him.

Three disbound scrapbooks provide compilations of printed material and occasional letters further documenting White's career. A small series of photographs includes holiday card photos of White, Frances White, and their two children, and photos of White and others taken at a workshop in 1969.

Throughout the collection there are folders containing notes written by Frances White, circa 1980-1981, which provide important contextual information about people, organizations and subjects in the collection, and sometimes highlight the racism White encountered, particularly during his early career. The dates of these notes are not included in folder dates.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as nine series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1934-1979 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1937-1984 (Boxes 1-4, 13; 3.64 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1936-circa 1981 (Boxes 4-5; 0.45 linear feet)

Series 4: Professional Activities, circa 1942-1982 (Boxes 5-6, 13, OV 15; 1.81 linear feet)

Series 5: Teaching Files, 1950-1979 (Boxes 6, 13; 0.72 linear feet)

Series 6: Gallery and Exhibition Files, 1946-1980 (Box 7, Box 14; 0.98 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1933-1987 (Boxes 8-14, OVs 15-17; 4.8 linear feet)

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1936-1970s (Box 12; 0.15 linear feet)

Series 9: Photographic Material, 1940-1976 (Box 12; 0.15 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, printmaker, and educator, Charles W. White (1918-1979), was a prominent figure in the Chicago Black Renaissance and became one of the most celebrated and influential African American artists of the twentieth century. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, White lived and worked in California beginning in 1956, and taught at the Otis Art Institute from 1965 until his death.

White began painting at a young age, earning first prize in a nationwide high school art contest. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was awarded a full scholarship, from 1937-1938. After graduating from the school, White worked as a muralist for the Illinois Federal Arts Project sponsored by the Works Progress Administration from 1939 to 1940. He then received two fellowships from the Julius Rosenwald Foundation in 1942 and 1943 and created the mural The Contribution of the Negro to American Democracy at the Hampton Institute. From 1943-1945 he taught at the George Washington Carver School in New York City, and was artist-in-residence at Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 1945.

White's first marriage to Elizabeth Catlett ended in divorce and he married Frances Barrett in 1950. The couple relocated to Los Angeles where White was represented by Benjamin Horowitz's Heritage Gallery. White was widely exhibited in Los Angeles, and at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Newark Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and elsewhere. Working primarily in black and white or sepia and white drawings, paintings, and lithographs, White's artwork was primarily figurative and depicted African American history, socio-economic struggles, and human relationships.

Charles White received a number of awards and honors and in 1972 he was the third African American artist to be elected a full member of the National Academy of Design.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the Charles W. and Frances White letters and photographs to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, the Lucinda H. Gedeon research material on Charles W. White, and an oral history interview with Charles W. White conducted by Betty Hoag, March 9, 1965.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of loaned materials (reels LA7 and 3099). Reel LA7 includes photographs of White, his work, and a career resume. Reel 3099 contains 31 items consisting of three travel diaries kept by Frances White, photographs and a recording of their trip to Russia in 1950, and 11 record album covers designed by Charles White. Loaned materials were returned to the lenders after microfilming and are not described in the collection container inventory.

Charles White's "Black Experience Archive," originally received with the papers, was donated to Howard University's Moorland-Springarn Research Center in 1985 at the request of Frances White.
Provenance:
Photographs on reel LA7 and material on reel 3099 were lent to the Archives of American Art for microfilming in 1965 and 1982, by Benjamin Horowitz, White's dealer, and by Frances White. Material on reel 2041 was donated by the George Arents Research Library, Syracuse University, 1976, who had originally received it from Horowitz. The remainder of the papers were donated by Charles White, 1975-1978, and after his death by Frances White and Benjamin Horowitz, 1981-1989.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
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 -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Printmakers -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Educators -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American painters  Search this
African American printmakers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Charles W. White papers, 1933-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.whitchar
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9280ca62a-d068-4695-872f-041df8333648
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-whitchar
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Oral history interview with Dana Chandler

Interviewee:
Chandler, Dana, 1941-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
African-American Master Artists in Residence Program  Search this
Massachusetts College of Art -- Students  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Faculty  Search this
Simmons College. Art and Music Dept. -- Faculty  Search this
Andrews, Benny, 1930-2006  Search this
Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988  Search this
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
Mazur, Michael, 1935-2009  Search this
Tovish, Harold, 1921-2008  Search this
Extent:
89 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1993 March 11-May 5
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Dana Chandler conducted 1993 March 11-May 5, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Chandler remembers his childhood in the Black community of Roxbury, Massachussets, with numerous siblings, pugnacious, hard-drinking longshoreman father, and mother who was the linchpin of the family; precocity as a reader and child artist; attendance at Saturday morning children's art classes at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and at Boston Educational High School where needed discipline was instilled in him by its all-white faculty; and as an assistant at school after graduation (1959-61).
Chandler talks about his awareness of budding civil rights movement; his attendance (1962-67) at Massachusetts College of Art while supporting his new, young family and working for the Jamaica Plain Area Planning Action Council which was funded by the federal Model Cities program; his first exhibitions (1967), in a liberal local church and a black businessmen's club; the exhibition (1969) "Twelve Black Artists from Boston," at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; and his involvement, along with Harold Tovish and Michael Mazur, in the group, Artists Against the War.
He recalls his initiation of the exhibition, "Afro-American Artists/New York and Boston," at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1970, for which he was given no credit; his position as an unpaid cultural commentator for a Black newspaper and radio station; his politically-charged paintings and prints from the late 1960s onward; his meetings with senior Black artists, such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett Mora, and Benny Andrews; and his steady espousal of confrontation.
Chandler discusses teaching at Simmons College, Boston, 1971 to present; his creation in 1974 of the African-American Master Artists-in-Residence Program (AMARP), Northeastern University, Boston, and his direction of it until 1993, when he was relieved of the position by the University.
Chandler discusses his exhibition at Northeastern University in 1976, "If the Shoe Fits, Hear It!" under the name Akin Duro, and its evidence of the respect in which he was held; the loss of much of his work in a studio fire; and his current large-scale graphic work.
Biographical / Historical:
Dana Chandler (1941- ) is an African American painter, printmaker, and educator from Boston, Massachussets.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 51 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators. Funding for the transcription of this interview provided by the Newland Foundation.
Occupation:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Educators -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Printmakers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American painters  Search this
African American educators  Search this
African American printmakers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.chandl93
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw96808788d-bda2-48a7-a3c2-5372ecb30aed
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-chandl93
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Floyd Coleman papers

Creator:
Coleman, Floyd W., 1939-2018  Search this
Names:
Howard University. Department of Art  Search this
Spiral (Group of artists)  Search this
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
Donaldson, Jeff, 1932-2004  Search this
Hines, Felrath, 1913-1993  Search this
Montgomery, Evangeline J.  Search this
Extent:
8.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Date:
1954-2017
bulk 1980s-2000s
Summary:
The papers of African American art historian, educator, and painter, Floyd Coleman, measure 8.1 linear feet and date from 1954 to 2017 with the bulk of the material dating from the 1980s to the 2000s. The collection contains biographical material; correspondence; writings, including drafts of essays and lectures; material related to his professional activities, including teaching files, files related to the National Conference of Artists, project files, and other files related to his professional life; artist and subject files; printed material; and a small amount of photographic material. The collection also contains audiovisual material and born-digital records.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of African American art historian and painter, Floyd Coleman, measure 8.1 linear feet and date from 1954 to 2017 with the bulk of the material dating from the 1980s to the 2000s. The collection contains biographical material, including contact lists, certificates, interviews, and resumes; correspondence with artists and other art historians, including Reginald Gammon, Jeff Donaldson, Bing Davis, and Tritobia Hayes Benjamin; and writings, including drafts of essays and lectures. Also included are materials related to Coleman's professional activities, including teaching files, files related to the National Conference of Artists (NCA), project files, and other files related to his professional life; artist and subject files, including files related to the Spiral artist group; printed material, including clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, conference materials, and other publications; and a small amount of photographic material. The collection also contains audiovisual material and born-digital records.
Arrangement:
This series is arranged as 7 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1969-2012 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1975-2017 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, circa 1970s-circa 2015 (Boxes 1-3; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Professional Activities, circa 1960s-2015 (Boxes 3-5; 2.7 linear feet)

Series 5: Artist and Subject Files, 1954-2016 (Boxes 5-7; 2.2 linear feet)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1968-2016 (Boxes 7-8, OV 9; 1 linear foot)

Series 7: Photographic Material, circa 1980s-2000s (Box 8, 2 folders)
Biographical / Historical:
Floyd Coleman (1939-2018) was an African American art historian, painter, and educator in Washington, D.C. He was the chair of the art department at Howard University and organized the James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art.

Born in Sawyerville, Alabama, Coleman attended Alabama State College (now Alabama State University), where he studied under Hayward Oubre. He later earned a doctorate from the University of Georgia. Coleman taught at Clark College, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Jackson State University, and Howard University. His work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco Museum of Art, Mount Holyoke College, High Museum, Smithsonian Institution Art & Industries Building, Yale University Art Gallery, and Parish Gallery.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 2019 by Floyd Coleman, Jr., Floyd Coleman's son.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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
Art historians -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Educators -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American painters  Search this
African American educators  Search this
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Citation:
Floyd Coleman papers, 1954-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.colefloy
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92a1c4ea3-f8cb-4ff6-886d-1e45882f40c8
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-colefloy
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Elizabeth Catlett papers

Creator:
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1915-2012  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1957-1980
Summary:
The papers of African American painter, printmaker, and sculptor Elizabeth Catlett measure 0.3 linear feet and date from 1957 to 1980. The collection consists of printed material, such as project-related press; exhibition announcements, catalogs, and posters; publications featuring articles about Catlett; clippings; and cards featuring reproductions of Catlett's work.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of African American painter, printmaker, and sculptor Elizabeth Catlett measure 0.3 linear feet and date from 1957 to 1980. The collection consists of printed material, such as project-related press; exhibition announcements, catalogs, and posters; publications featuring articles about Catlett; clippings; and cards featuring reproductions of Catlett's work. Some of the exhibition materials and clippings, as well as the publication gente are in Spanish.
Arrangement:
Due to the small size of this collection, the papers are arranged as one series.

Series 1: Elizabeth Catlett papers, 1957-1980 (Box 1, OV 2; 0.3 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012) was an African American painter, printmaker, and sculptor. She was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and attended Howard University after being denied admission to the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) due to her race. At Howard she studied under Loïs Mailou Jones and Alain Locke. She later studied with Grant Wood and Henry Stinson while pursuing her masters of fine arts at the University of Iowa. When she graduated in 1940, she was one of the first three students, and the only African American woman, to earn that degree from the university.

In 1946 Catlett was awarded a Rosenwald Fellowship to travel to Mexico with her husband, artist Charles White. The couple divorced that same year. In 1947, Catlett joined the Taller de Gráfica Popular, an artist's print collective devoted to leftist social causes. There she met printmaker and muralist Francisco Mora, whom she married. Catlett taught at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) from 1958 until her retirement in 1975. She divided her time between New York and Mexico. Catlett continued to produce artwork until her death in 2012. Her work is held in many notable collections such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Museum in Prague, and the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City.
Related Materials:
Elizabeth Catlett papers are also located at the Amistad Research Center, Tulane University.
Provenance:
The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Elizabeth Catlett in 1980. They were microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project in 1981.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State)  Search this
Painters -- Mexico  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State)  Search this
Printmakers -- Mexico  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State)  Search this
Sculptors -- Mexico  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Citation:
Elizabeth Catlett papers, 1957-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.catleliz
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw929e2ab3b-5333-412a-98d6-1d191b6429be
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-catleliz

War Worker, (painting)

Sculptor:
Catlett, Elizabeth 1915-2012  Search this
Medium:
Tempera on paper mounted on masonite
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Johnson Collection, The 100 Dunbar Street, Suite 203 Spartanburg South Carolina 29306 Accession Number: 2017.10.01
Date:
1943
Topic:
Figure male--Head  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Hat  Search this
Control number:
IAP 68670824
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_477760

Singing Head, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Catlett, Elizabeth 1915-2012  Search this
Medium:
Black Mexican marble
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1989.52
Date:
1980
Topic:
Figure--Head  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Voice  Search this
Control number:
IAS 08580230
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_31027

Stepping Out, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Catlett, Elizabeth 1915-2012  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures
Date:
2000
Topic:
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Control number:
IAS 8G040037
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_476989

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