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Aaron Douglas papers, 1921-1973

Douglas, Aaron, 1899-1979

Muralist, Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 4 microfilm reels.

Summary: Biographical material; letters; prints, drawings, sketchbooks; drafts of lectures; printed material and reports concerning the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity; teaching notes; bills and receipts; exhibition catalogs, clippings and other printed material; and photographs of Douglas and his works of art. The papers mostly concern Douglas' years at Fisk and the development of the art department, and the management of the Stieglitz art collection.
Among the correspondents are Charles Alston, Claude Clark, John Cowles, William Dawson, Jeff Donaldson, Cedric Dover, David Driskell, Mary Beattie Brady of the Harmon Foundation, John Davis Hatch, William C. Haygood of the Julius Rosenwald Fund, and Walter Pach.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, muralist, illustrator; Nashville, Tenn.; b. 1899; d. 1979. Leading painter of the Harlem Renaissance. Chairman of Fisk University Art Department, 1937-1966.


Lent for microfilming 1991 by Special Collections Department, Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Location of Originals

  • Originals and master negative in: Fisk University, Special Collections Department.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels 4520-4523 available at Archives of American Art offices, at Fisk University and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Aaron Douglas papers, 1921-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.