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Travel guide published by the Afro-American

Published by:
The Afro-American, American, founded 1892  Search this
Distributed by:
Allen Hotel, American  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 x 4 1/4 in. (22.9 x 10.8 cm)
Type:
travel guidebooks
Place made:
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
Place used:
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1940s
Topic:
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Business  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Segregation  Search this
Travel  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Stephanie Capparell, author of The Real Pepsi Challenge
Object number:
2011.35.2.50
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5e496b5f0-700d-4c4f-bc4b-3443e8d7f3a5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.35.2.50

Eldzier Cortor Papers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Missing Title

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eldzier Cortor died in November of 2015, at the age of 99.
Related Material:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of materials lent for microfilming on reel N70-47, including biographical material, correspondence, printed material, papers related to exhibitions, photographs, and sketchbooks. Except for three photographs that appear in this collection (Box 3, Folder 19), loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Eldzier Cortor loaned materials to the Archives of American Art for microfilming in 1970 and donated papers in 2009. His son, Michael Cortor, gave additional materials in 2016.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Printmakers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Art -- Forgeries  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Cuba -- Description and Travel  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sketches
Collages
Diaries
Watercolors
Citation:
Eldzier Cortor papers, circa 1930s-2015, bulk 1972-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.corteldz
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e30a2a29-7e5a-4147-afb3-7af49ea2a333
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-corteldz

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

Creator:
Cortor, Eldzier, 1916-2015  Search this
Subject:
Taha, Halima  Search this
Harrigan, Violetta C.  Search this
Driskell, David C.  Search this
Lynch, Acklyn  Search this
Collier, Leontine L.  Search this
Anderson, Carol  Search this
Carracio, K.  Search this
Saar, Betye  Search this
Sylvan Cole Gallery  Search this
Kenkeleba House  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Anderson Gallery  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Sketches
Collages
Diaries
Watercolors
Place:
Haiti -- description and travel
Citation:
Eldzier Cortor Papers, circa 1930s-2015, bulk 1972-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Art -- Forgeries  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Cuba -- Description and Travel  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
African American  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7524
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209683
AAA_collcode_corteldz
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
African American
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209683
Online Media:

Jerome Blum papers, 1915-circa 1969, bulk 1919-1935

Creator:
Blum, Jerome, 1884-1956  Search this
Subject:
Blum, Frances  Search this
Dreiser, Theodore  Search this
Anderson, Sherwood  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Tahiti -- description and travel
Citation:
Jerome Blum papers, 1915-circa 1969, bulk 1919-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9565
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211766
AAA_collcode_blumjero
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211766
Online Media:

Havana's Hidden Architectural Gems

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Conversations and talks
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Published Date:
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:10:55 +0000
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edanmdm:posts_0a3b427ce64337f090e2e04487cf527b

Ajiaco, Cuba in a Cauldron

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Lectures
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Published Date:
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:27:03 +0000
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edanmdm:posts_13e36263401e409dd2ecf4e9b56c963a

Venture Inside Cuba's Secret Societies

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:47:27 +0000
Topic:
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edanmdm:posts_14f397c5c8c8cd247c4b10ae4e41e447

Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly: Cuba

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:08:48 +0000
Topic:
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Cuba’s Fascinating Babalú-Ayé Procession Honors African and Catholic Traditions

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Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
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Smithsonian staff publications
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Published Date:
Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:39:59 +0000
Topic:
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The New Nightspots Transforming Havana's Social Scene

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Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
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Smithsonian staff publications
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Published Date:
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:03:01 +0000
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Top Historic Sites to Visit in Cuba

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:46:17 +0000
Topic:
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edanmdm:posts_36e25f0fde178b01b9a296ba082baf2a

The Surprising History of Cuba's Patron Saint

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
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Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:34:47 +0000
Topic:
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edanmdm:posts_3be6a6b6ade8e2e64031bbff3bd0ae08

Las Parrandas de Remedios: Bright Lights Shine in Cuba's Oldest Festival

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
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Published Date:
Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:09:02 +0000
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These Photos From Cuba Place You in the Boxing Ring

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
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Smithsonian staff publications
Conversations and talks
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Published Date:
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:24:55 +0000
Topic:
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Homage to Havana

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Interviews
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Published Date:
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:08:25 +0000
Topic:
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Traveling to Cuba? Here's What You Need to Know

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:12:08 +0000
Topic:
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Step Inside Cuba's Oldest Printmaking Studio

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Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000
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edanmdm:posts_757a8c6c74f6e122244d9703177780f4

Memories of a Runaway Cuban Slave

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Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
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Smithsonian staff publications
Conversations and talks
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Published Date:
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:06:54 +0000
Topic:
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edanmdm:posts_95d3b93b0c3f6e472a0ee30e23b6478a

A Brief History of the Rumba

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Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
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Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Tue, 01 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000
Topic:
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Lime Marinade, Cohiba Cigar Cases and Other Unique Gifts You Can Buy in Cuba

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Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Mon, 07 Nov 2016 19:59:36 +0000
Topic:
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Data Source:
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edanmdm:posts_cf2c2b1345a5b616a11738e073dd8ecc

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