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Alexander family papers relating to Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1912-1985

Alexander family


Collection Information

Size: 1.0 linear ft. (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Correspondence between Tanner and Raymond Alexander (1924-1937) and court documents concern Tanner's legal action against the Bethel A.M.E. Church. Sadie Alexander materials include personal letters from Tanner, correspondence from museums discussing exhibition loans and the discovery of Tanner paintings, printed matter including catalogs and clippings, and materials relating to the Tanner commemorative stamp.

Biographical/Historical Note

Raymond Pace Alexander and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander were prominent Philadelphia lawyers. Sadie Alexander was Henry Tanner's niece; Raymond Alexander represented Tanner in his legal suit against the Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia.


Microfilmed in 1990 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. Only those parts of the Alexander family papers relating to Henry Ossawa Tanner were filmed; the entire collection is available at the University of Pennsylvania Archives.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in University of Pennsylvania Archives.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reel 4399 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan and at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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

Alexander family papers relating to Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1912-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.