Morris Blackburn papers, 1926-1986

Blackburn, Morris, b. 1902 d. 1979
Painter, Muralist, Art teacher, Printmaker
Active in Philadelphia, Pa.

Collection size: 4.5 linear ft. (on 8 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Journals, letters, writings, business records, a scrapbook, printed material, and photographs. Thirty-seven journals, 1927, 1942-1979, containing daily entries on teaching, exhibitions, work in progress, artists and the Philadelphia art scene; letters concerning exhibitions and sales, including 30 from Franklin Watkins, and 15 from Louis Rist; writings; a file on Blackburn's involvement with the Public Works of Art Project includes contracts, letters, clippings, and photographs; notebooks and registers documenting prints, contain title, date, size, edition number, exhibition record, experiments with materials, and lists of paintings sent to exhibition; clippings, exhibition catalogs and a scrapbook of clippings; and photographs of Blackburn, his art, installations, and his associates.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, mural painter, instructor; Philadelphia, Pa. Taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and other schools.

Microfilmed in 1988 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. Lent for microfilming by Mrs. Morris Blackburn.

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