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Biographical Material

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Extent:
(Box 1, 3; 0.2 linear feet)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1922-1967
Scope and Contents note:
Scattered biographical material about William H. Johnson and his wife Holcha Krake include several biographical sketches and chronologies of Johnson's life and one biographical sketch of Holcha Krake. Also found is their marriage certificate, eight National Academy of Design award certificates for Johnson's artwork, lists of his artwork, scattered receipts, and addresses written on slips of paper. Also found here is the guestbook for Johnson's show at the Alma Reed Gallery in 1941.

There are eight letters filed in this series, including a letter verifying Johnson was a student at the National Academy of Design, one letter to Johnson from Langston Hughes, two letters from the Barnett Aden Gallery regarding the sale of his work, a letter from the American Minister in Stockholm, a fan letter, a letter to Holcha Krake (in Norwegian) from a friend, and a draft of a letter from Johnson to Mr. Woodruff regarding the sale of a painting. Also found are three postcards sent to Johnson and Krake. Additional letters are found in one of Johnson's scrapbooks.
Arrangement note:
Item are arranged chronologically within each folder. This series has been scanned in its entirety.
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.johnwill, Series 1
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Archives of American Art
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William H. Johnson Biographies and Chronologies

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1939, 1956
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 1: Biographical Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Biography of Holcha Krake Johnson

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
after 1943
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 1: Biographical Material
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Archives of American Art
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Marriage Certificate

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1930
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 1: Biographical Material
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Archives of American Art
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National Academy of Design Award Certificates

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1922-1926
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 1: Biographical Material
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Archives of American Art
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Lists of Artwork

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1946, 1967
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 1: Biographical Material
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Archives of American Art
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Alma Reed Gallery Guestbook

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Extent:
(See also Box 3 for oversized items)
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1941
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 1: Biographical Material
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Archives of American Art
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Receipts

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1940s, 1941, 1942
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 1: Biographical Material
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Archives of American Art
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Addresses

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920s-1940s
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 1: Biographical Material
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Archives of American Art
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Postcards

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1929, 1926, 1940
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 1: Biographical Material
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Archives of American Art
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Alma Reed Gallery Guestbook

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Extent:
(Oversized items scanned with Box 1, Folder 6)
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1941
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 1: Biographical Material
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Archives of American Art
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Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Extent:
(Box 1-3; 0.3 linear feet)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1928-1971
Scope and Contents note:
Printed Material documents William H. Johnson's career as an artist in both the United States and Europe. Included are a collection of magazine and newspaper clippings compiled by Johnson as resource material for his paintings. These clippings consist of advertisements and articles on current events. Also found are exhibition catalogs for solo shows, group shows, and joint shows of Johnson and Holcha Krake's artwork. Many of these catalogs are for exhibitions of artwork by African American artists at the Harmon Foundation. Numerous news clippings found in this series provide information about Johnson, Krake, their artwork, and exhibitions. Included are clippings from the United States, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Also found here are two brochures on African American artists published by the Harmon Foundation.

Researchers should note that some of these foreign clippings were partially translated by the Harmon Foundation and are found in their records in Series 5.
Arrangement note:
Items are arranged in chronological order within each folder. This series has been scanned in its entirety.
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.johnwill, Series 2
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William H. Johnson papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Resource Material for Paintings

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Extent:
(See also Box 3 for oversized items)
Container:
Box 1, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1945-1946
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 2: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Exhibition Catalogs

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1928-1968
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 2: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-johnwill-ref30

News Clippings, U.S.

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1931-1941
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 2: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Undated News Clippings, U.S.

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1939-1946
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 2: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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News Clippings, Norway

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1930s
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 2: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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News Clippings, Sweden & Denmark

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1930s
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 2: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-johnwill-ref34

News Clippings, Sweden & Denmark

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1930s
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 2: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-johnwill-ref35

Brochures on African American Artists

Collection Creator:
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1935, 1940
Collection Restrictions:
The bulk of the collection is digitized. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
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:
William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1971, bulk 1926-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
William H. Johnson papers
William H. Johnson papers / Series 2: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-johnwill-ref36

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