Sam Gilliam papers, 1958-1989

Gilliam, Sam, b. 1933
Active in Washington, D.C.

Collection size: 7.3 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Correspondence, writings and notes, sketches and sketchbooks, photographs, sound and video recordings, business and financial records, printed material, and subject files.

Included are: biographical sketches and resumes; passports; correspondence, 1965-1989, with museums and galleries, including Middendorf-Lane (Washington, D.C.), Fendrick (Washington, D.C), Hamilton (N.Y.C.), Cark Solway (Cincinnati), and Robert L. Kidd Associates (Birmingham, Mich.); letters from collector Donald A. Brown, and artists Steve Frietch, Keith Morrison, Martin Puryear, David Driskell, and others; 3 sketchbooks with notes, undated and 1971-1972; sketches; floor plans of exhibition spaces; photographs of Gilliam and his studio, family, and works of art; notes and writings by and about Gilliam;

a daily record of his activities kept by secretaries, 1974-1979; 2 videotapes, "Carlsten Art Gallery," 1980 and "Project in Black," 1982; sound recordings including "Portrait of Sam Gilliam," circa 1978, from WBOE-FM radio series "Black Art in America," "Sam and Rockne," 1965, "Leah's Class with Sam," 1973, and "Sam Gilliam, Benny Andrews," 1973; also found are 3 sound tape reels with 1968 interviews conducted by Dorothy Gilliam of Bob Field, Rockne Krebs, Gene Davis, Sam Gilliam, and Walter Hopps concerning the Washington Gallery of Modern Art in Washington, D.C.; 3 interview transcripts; printed material, 1963-1986, including exhibition catalogs, announcements, and clippings on Gilliam, Rockne Krebs, Ed McGowin and others; a scrapbook (disassembled), 1958-1966, containing photographs and printed material; financial records, 1966-1989, including 3 ledgers, 1974-1976, tax records, 1975-1981, and contracts; and miscellany.

Also included are subject files (2 ft.), 1968-1986, containing letters, photographs, business records, sketches and printed material on galleries, commissions, organizations, workshops, teaching positions, art suppliers and other topics.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; Washington D.C.; b. 1933. Associated with the Washington Color School of painting.

Donated 1989 by Sam Gilliam.

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