Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight papers, 1945-2005

Lawrence, Jacob, b. 1917 d. 2000
Painter, Educator
Active in New York, N.Y.; Seattle, Wash.

Knight, Gwendolyn, b. 1914 d. 2005
Active in Seattle,Wash.

The papers of Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 9,843 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art

Collection size: 9.0 linear feet
Addition: 27.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, writings, exhibition files, works of art, financial records and printed material documenting the careers of African-American artists Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight.

Biographical/Historical Note: Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) was an African-American painter and educator in New York, New York and Seattle, Washington. Born Jacob Armstead Lawrence, September 17, 1917, Atlantic City, N.J. He died June 9, 2000, in Seattle. Worked for the WPA's Federal Art Project and taught at Black Mountain College, in North Carolina, Pratt Institute (1956-1971), Brandeis University (1965), The New School (1966), the Art Students League (1967), the University of Washington, and others. Lawrence was married to African-American painter, Gwendolyn Knight.

Donated 1979-1997 by Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight and 2012 by the Jacob and Gwen Knight Lawrence Foundation via Barbara Earl Thomas, representative.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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Additional scattered materials loaned by Jacob Lawrence in 1966 were microfilmed by the Archives of American Art on reel D286.
Jacob Lawrence papers are also located at Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Department were loaned to the Archives of American Art in 1993 for microfilming on reels 4571-4573.