Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight papers, 1945-1995, bulk 1973-1994

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 linear ft.

Collection Summary: More than half of the collection is correspondence with friends, artists, students, school children, art schools, galleries, museums, and others. Also found are writings by Lawrence and others, newsclippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, press releases, brochures, books, photographs of Lawrence, Knight, and Lawrence's artwork, scattered financial and business records, primarily relating to Lawrence's relationship with the Terry Dintenfass Gallery in New York, and two small lithographs by James Rosenquist.

Biographical/Historical Note: Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) was an African-American painter and educator in New York, N.Y. and Seattle, Wash. 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.

Donated 1979-1997 by Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight.

Funding for the processing and 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 available at the Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Department and were loaned to the Archives of American Art in 1993 for microfilming on reels 4571-4573.