Milton Morriss James papers, 1923-1980

James, Milton Morriss, b. 1926
Educator, Author
Active in Philadelphia, Pa.

Collection size: 0.3 linear ft. (on a partial microfilm reel)

Collection Summary: Papers compiled by James on African American artists Laura Wheeler Waring, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and James Bloch.

Waring papers collected by James include a sketchbook; letters (1923-1946) regarding commissions, exhibitions, honorary positions, and activities relating to State Teachers College at Cheyney, and a letter from J. O. Tanner offering to sell an H. O. Tanner painting to Waring for Cheyney; Waring's course outlines, exams and reports for music and art appreciation, handwriting, visual education, and other art classes; and printed matter (1948- 1977).

Julius Bloch material (1950-1980) includes correspondence regarding James' effort to purchase a Bloch painting, and an article on Bloch. James' correspondence (1948-1977) relates to efforts to get a Philadelphia public school named after Waring and to organize exhibitions of Waring's work. Research letters concern publications on Waring and Henry O. Tanner. Correspondence with Mary Beattie Brady of the Harmon Foundation concerns artworks for Cheyney and the Laura Wheeler Waring Public School.

Biographical/Historical Note: Teacher and author; Philadelphia, Pa. James taught in the Philadelphia Public School System and publishes books and articles on African Americans. He was acquainted with Laura Wheeler Waring in the 1940s.

Microfilmed in 1990 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. James collected the Waring papers from Dr. Waring after Laura Wheeler Waring's death for his research.

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