Charles C. Dawson papers, 1910-1980

Dawson, Charles C., b. 1889 d. ca. 1980
Curator, Painter, Sculptor, Illustrator, Designer, Engraver
Active in Chicago, Ill.

Collection size: 2 microfilm reels.

Collection Summary: Biographical material, a 536 page draft of an autobiography, correspondence, miscellaneous business and financial records, writings and notes, printed material, and photographs.

Correspondence includes United States Infantry correspondence and records, 1912-1923; general correspondence, 1917-1980; correspondence and financial records dealing with Dawson's book ABCs OF GREAT NEGROES, 1932-1945; and drafts and fragments of letters written by Dawson. The writings and notes include rough drafts, notes, and typescripts. The printed material includes news releases, newsletters, program notices and newspaper clippings, 1925-1971; and miscellaneous published items. The photographs are of Dawson, his family, friends, and others.

Biographical/Historical Note: Artist, museum curator; Chicago, Ill. Studied at the Tuskegee Institute, the Art Students League of New York, and at the Art Institute of Chicago. Dawson was a member of the art staff with the Chicago Engravers, a free-lance portrait painter, the Director of Arts and Crafts and Co-Administrator of the City of Chicago Work and Training Program of the National Youth Administration of Illinois, a member of the faculty of the Tuskegee Institute of Alabama as Artist-in-Residence, and Curator of the Museum of Negro Art and Culture and of the George Washington Carver Museum.

Lent for microfilming by the DuSable Museum of African-American History, Chicago, Illinois, 1988.

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