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Charles Henry Alston papers

Creator:
Alston, Charles Henry, 1907-1977  Search this
Names:
City University of New York. City College -- Faculty  Search this
Bearden, Anna Alston  Search this
Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988  Search this
Browne, Byron, 1907-1961  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob, 1917-2000  Search this
Logan, Myra, 1909-1977  Search this
Welty, Eudora, 1909-2001  Search this
Woodruff, Hale, 1900-1980  Search this
Wright, Louis T. (Louis Tompkins), 1891-1952  Search this
Extent:
0.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1924-1980
Summary:
The scattered papers of African-American and Harlem Renaissance painter, muralist, illustrator, sculptor, and educator Charles Henry Alston measure 0.9 linear feet and date from 1924-1980. Included are biographical materials, correspondence, commission and teaching files, writings and notes, printed materials, and photographs. Notable correspondents include Romare Bearden, Byron Browne, Jacob Lawrence, and Hale Woodruff.
Scope and Content Note:
The scattered papers of African-American and Harlem Renaissance painter, muralist, illustrator, sculptor, and educator Charles Henry Alston (1907-1977) measure 0.9 linear feet and date from 1924-1980. The bulk of the collection documents his personal and professional relationships with figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Researchers should note that this collection contains very little documentation on Alston's actual federal WPA work with the Harlem Art Workshop, the Harlem Artists Guild, or his Harlem Hospital murals completed in 1940. A photograph of Alston in 1937 is likely the only reference to the actual WPA murals in this collection.

Scattered correspondence includes general correspondence; letters concerning Alston's artistic endeavors; and personal letters from friends and family. Found is a copy of a thank you note from Eudora Welty to John Woodburn for a jacket design presumably by Alston; letters from Harlem Renaissance figures and personal friends Romare Bearden, Byron Brown, Jacob Lawrence, and Hale Woodruff.

Commission files are for Alston's murals including those in the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance building in Los Angeles, California (1947); and the addition to the Harlem Hospital (1965); and the Family and Criminal Courts Building in the Bronx, New York (1976). There is one file concerning teaching at City College New York (CUNY).

Writings and notes includes scattered notes and three short stories probably by Alston entitled "Bitsy O'Wire," "Body and Soul," and "Gigi."

Printed materials include illustrations by Alston in the Columbia University literary magazine, The Morningside, and medical illustrations done for Dr. Louis T. Wright. Also found are scattered clippings, exhibition announcements, press releases, and materials from the First Conference on Aesthetic Responsibility.

Photographs are of Alston, Alston with his wife, Myra Logan, his mother Anna Alston Bearden, Romare Bearden, and Hale Woodruff. Photographs of note include one of Alston holding a self-portrait, and one of the artist in 1937 with works that are most likely preliminary sketches of his WPA murals at Harlem Hospital. There are also photographs of Alston's works of art.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 6 series:

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1924-1977 (Box 1; 3 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1931-1977(Box 1; 7 folders)

Series 3: Commission and Teaching Files, 1947-1976 (Box 1; 4 folders)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, circa 1940s-1970s (Box 2-3; 4 folders)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1928, 1946-1980(Box 2-3; 5 folders)

Series 6: Photographs, 1925-1968 (Box 2; 2 folders)
Biographical Note:
Charles Henry Alston (1907-1977) worked primarily in New York city as a painter, muralist, illustrator, and educator. He was part of the Harlem Renaissance movement in the 1930s and helped form the Harlem Art Workshop and the Harlem Artists Guild.

Charles Henry "Spinky" Alston was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 28th, 1907. His parents were the Reverend Primus Priss and Anna Miller. After the death of his father, Alston's mother married Henry Pierce Bearden (Romare Bearden's uncle) in 1913 and the family moved to New York City.

At DeWitt Clinton High School in New York, Alston served as art editor of the school's literary magazine. Alston majored in fine arts and history at Columbia University, graduating in 1929. He became active in the Harlem community and accepted a position as director of Utopia House, a boy's camp, where he started an art program. He returned to Columbia and recieved a Masters degree in art education from Columbia's Teachers College. While still a student, he illustrated album covers for jazz musician Duke Ellington and book covers for poet Langston Hughes.

Alston played a major role in the Harlem Renaissance Movement of the period. During the Great Depression, he and sculptor Henry Bannarn directed the Harlem Art Workshop which was funded by the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project. There he taught and mentored African-American painter Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden, among others.

In the 1950s, Alston embarked on a series of portraits of African-American figures. He also taught at the Art Students League and later with the City College of New York (CUNY). Along with his wife, Myra Logan, a surgeon at Harlem Hospital, Alston lived in Harlem and remained an active member of the community until the end of his life. Charles Alston died in 1977.
Related Material:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are two oral history interviews with Charles Henry Alston, one conducted by Harlan Phillips on September 28, 1965 and another by Al Murray on October 19, 1968.

Additional Charles Henry Alston papers are located at the University of North Carolina's Southern Historical Collection at the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library.
Separated Material:
In 1970, Charles Alston loaned materials for microfilming, including correspondence with Henry Epstein, Langston Hughes, Robert Riggs, Harry Sternberg, J. Johnson Sweeney, Hale Woodruff and others. Also loaned for microfilming were sketchbooks, printed materials, and photographs. Subsequently, some of the photographs were later donated by Alston's sisters. The loaned materials are available only on microfilm reel N70-23 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. These materials are not included in the container listing of this finding aid.
Provenance:
Charles Alston lent portions of the collection for microfilming in 1970. Aida Winters and Rousmaniere Alston Wilson, Charles Alston's sisters, donated additional materials to the Archives of American Art in 1982 and 1984.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Muralists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Illustrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Harlem Renaissance  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Charles Henry Alston papers, 1924-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.alstchar
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Charles Henry Alston papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-alstchar
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Marcella Comès (Winslow) papers

Creator:
Winslow, Marcella Comès  Search this
Names:
Adams, Léonie, 1899-  Search this
Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979  Search this
Chapin, Katherine Garrison, 1890-1977  Search this
D'Arcy, Martin Cyril, 1888-1976  Search this
De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956  Search this
Devlin, Denis, 1908-1959  Search this
Eberhart, Richard, 1904-2005  Search this
Frost, Robert, 1874-1963  Search this
Gordon, Caroline, 1895-  Search this
Hodgson, Ralph, 1871-1962  Search this
Jiménez, Juan Ramón, 1881-1958  Search this
Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977  Search this
Masson, Leon, 1911-  Search this
Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980  Search this
Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972  Search this
Rothenstein, John, Sir, 1901-  Search this
Rothenstein, William, Sir, 1872-1945  Search this
Saint-John Perse, 1887-1975  Search this
Shapiro, Karl Jay, 1913-  Search this
Tate, Allen, 1899-  Search this
Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972  Search this
Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-  Search this
Welty, Eudora, 1909-2001  Search this
Weygandt, Cornelius, 1871-1957  Search this
Winslow, Anne Goodwin  Search this
Extent:
1,202 Items ((partially microfilmed on 2 reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1915-1982 [and undated]
Scope and Contents:
Files related to Washington, D.C. art activities; photographs; scrapbook; and guestbook.
REELS 2424-2425: Scrapbook on Comès' sitters Leonie Adams, Elizabeth Bishop, Katherine Garrison Chapin, Martin D' Arcy, Walter de la Mare, Denis Devlin, Richard Eberhart, Robert Frost, Caroline Gordon, Ralph Hodgson, Juan Ramon Jimenez, Robert Lowell, Katherine Anne Porter, Ezra Pound, St. John Perse, Sir John Rothenstein, Karl Shapiro, Allen Tate, Mark Van Doren, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, Cornelius Weygandt and Anne Goodwin Winslow, containing letters, clippings, book reviews, photos of sitters and Comès' portraits. Also included are photos of Comès and printed material relating to her.
REEL 2424, frames 3-243: A guest book, containing signatures, comments, sketches, photographs, clippings, and letters from artists, poets, writers, and other guests of Comès, including Walter de la Mare, Robert Frost, Leon Masson, Katherine Anne Porter, Sir John Rothenstein and Sir William Rothenstein, Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, and others. Also included are photographs of Comès and her family.
UNMICROFILMED: Artist, dealer, institution, and subject files containing letters, exhibition catalogs and announcements, clippings, photographs, and other printed materials relating to Washington, D.C. art activities. Included are: files on artists Caroline Van Hook Bean, Ruby Grady, Jacob Kainen, Frank Wright, and others; files on the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Foundry, the Studio Gallery, and other galleries; subject files on the Art Barn, the D.C. chapter of the Artists Equity Association including membership lists and address labels, 1970-1972, the Art in the Embassies Program, the Conference on Artists and Taxes, 1977, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Society of Arts and Letters, the Federal Government and the art, including material on bills and hearings, 1973-1977, the Washington art community, women and the arts, art materials hazards, includes published works by Joy Luke Turner, and crafts.
Also included are a paper "Government Sponsorship of the Arts under the WPA and Ceta," by Martha Malles, 1978; clippings, with reviews by John Canady and others; photographs, undated and 1971-1973, of Marcella Comès, Art Barn happenings, including 45 slides, 1974, and Artists Equity Association, Washington chapter, exhibitions; a published reference directory of Washington art, WASHINGTON TODAY, 1967; and one 16mm amateur film circa 1974.
Biographical / Historical:
Portrait painter, photographer; Washington, D.C. b. 1905. d. July 6, 2000. Married name Mrs. Randolph Winslow. Trained at the Carnegie School of Fine Arts and privately in Europe. Comès played an active part in the local D.C. art community; as a member of the Women's Commission of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, president of the D.C. chapter of Artists Equity Association, 1969-1971, and as the national vice-president, 1971-1973. Comès was the ex-officio portraitist to the Poetry Chair at the Library of Congress.
Provenance:
Lent and donated 1982 by Marcella Comes.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Photographers -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Poets -- United States  Search this
Portrait painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.winsmarc
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-winsmarc

Special cases : natural anomalies and historical monsters / Rosamond Purcell

Title:
Natural anomalies and historical monsters
Author:
Purcell, Rosamond Wolff  Search this
Donor:
Beckwith, J. Bruce 1933-,- DSI  Search this
Browning, Nancy Gay DSI  Search this
Author:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001 Petrified man Selections  Search this
Beckwith-Browning-Peterson Teratology Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities Special cases: natural anomalies and historical monsters  Search this
Publisher:
Chronicle Books (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
159 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 x 24 cm
Type:
Books
History
Date:
1997
Topic:
Abnormalities, Human--History  Search this
Teratology--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1095604

Eudora Welty Reading from Her Works [sound recording]

Performer:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Date:
1953
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Literature  Search this
Local number:
RA-RAMS-LP-0137
Caedmon 1010
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
See more items in:
Frederic Ramsey audiorecordings collection, circa 1950s 287448
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_334017

Eudora Welty and politics : did the writer crusade? / edited by Harriet Pollack and Suzanne Marrs

Author:
Pollack, Harriet  Search this
Marrs, Suzanne  Search this
Subject:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001 Political and social views  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 268 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
C2001
20th century
Topic:
Politics and literature--History  Search this
Political fiction, American--History and criticism  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_810067

More conversations with Eudora Welty / edited by Peggy Whitman Prenshaw

Author:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Prenshaw, Peggy Whitman  Search this
Subject:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 304 p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Interviews
Place:
Southern States
Date:
1996
20th century
1865-
Topic:
Authors, American  Search this
Authors, American--Homes and haunts  Search this
Intellectual life  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_810082

Conversations with Eudora Welty / edited by Peggy W. Prenshaw

Author:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Prenshaw, Peggy Whitman  Search this
Subject:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 356 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Interviews
Date:
1984
C1984
20th century
Topic:
Authors, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_810121

Passionate observer : Eudora Welty among artists of the thirties / René Paul Barilleaux, editor ; essays by Suzanne Marrs, Patti Carr Black, Franceis V. O'Connor

Author:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Barilleaux, René Paul  Search this
Mississippi Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
84 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_725517

Eudora Welty : country churchyards

Title:
Country churchyards
Author:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
111 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
Mississippi
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Cemeteries  Search this
History, Local  Search this
Call number:
TR647.W459 W4c 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_606360

On William Hollingsworth, Jr. / Eudora Welty

Title:
Eudora Welty on William Hollingsworth, Jr
Author:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Hollingsworth, William R (William Robert) 1910-1944  Search this
Cole, Hunter  Search this
Subject:
Hollingsworth, William R (William Robert) 1910-1944  Search this
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
31 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Mississippi
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.H74778 W45 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_680394

Light after dark : a portrait of southern ruins : photographs / by Karekin Goekjian ; foreword by Eudora Welty

Author:
Goekjian, Karekin 1949-  Search this
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Subject:
Goekjian, Karekin 1949-  Search this
Physical description:
112 p. : col. ill. ; 26 x 29 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
Southern States
Date:
1994
C1994
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Ruins in art  Search this
Architectural photography  Search this
Night photography  Search this
Call number:
TR647 .G64 1994
TR647.G576 W4 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_547433

Eudora : a writer's life / Ann Waldron

Title:
Eudora Welty : a writer's life
Author:
Waldron, Ann  Search this
Subject:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 398 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1998
20th century
Topic:
Women authors, American--Biography  Search this
Call number:
CT275.W464 W3 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_548912

One time, one place : Mississippi in the Depression : a snapshot album / Eudora Welty

Author:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Subject:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 115 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
Mississippi
Date:
1996
1971
C1996
1929
Topic:
Depressions--Pictorial works  Search this
Documentary photography  Search this
Call number:
TR647.W459 W4o 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_494156

Eudora / [selected and edited by Patti Carr Black ; designed by Marie Owen]

Author:
Black, Patti Carr  Search this
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Mississippi Department of Archives and History  Search this
Mississippi State Historical Museum  Search this
Subject:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
62 p. : ill., ports. ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Portraits
Exhibitions
Date:
1984
C1984
Call number:
CT275.W464 M6
CT275.W464M6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_304925

Eudora Welty : photographs / Eudora Welty ; foreword by Reynolds Price

Author:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Subject:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. : chiefly ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
Mississippi
Date:
1989
C1989
Call number:
TR647.W459 W4 1989
TR647.W459W4 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_386704

One writer's beginnings / Eudora Welty

Author:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Subject:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001 Childhood and youth  Search this
Physical description:
104 p., [11] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Date:
1984
20th century
Topic:
Novelists, American  Search this
Call number:
CT275.W464 A1
CT275.W464A1
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_277965

Eudora Welty : a reference guide / Victor H. Thompson

Author:
Thompson, Victor H  Search this
Subject:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
175 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Bibliography
Place:
Southern States
Date:
1976
C1976
Topic:
Women and literature  Search this
Call number:
Z8964.86 .T48X
Z8964.86.T48X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_75653

Images of the South : visits with Eudora Welty and Walker Evans / [Bill Ferris]

Author:
Center for Southern Folklore  Search this
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001  Search this
Evans, Walker 1903-1975  Search this
Ferris, William R  Search this
Physical description:
43 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
Southern States
Date:
1977
Topic:
Documentary photography  Search this
Call number:
TR820.5.C46 1977X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_98218

Eudora Welty review

Author:
Georgia State University Department of English  Search this
Project Muse  Search this
Subject:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Type:
Electronic resources
Periodicals
Date:
2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1042382

Disturbing Indians : the archaeology of southern fiction / Annette Trefzer

Author:
Trefzer, Annette 1960-  Search this
Subject:
Lytle, Andrew Nelson 1902-1995 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Gordon, Caroline 1895-1981 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Faulkner, William 1897-1962 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 223 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Southern States
Date:
2007
C2007
20th century
Topic:
American fiction--History and criticism  Search this
Indians in literature  Search this
In literature  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_902182

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