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Allan Randall Freelon papers, 1895-2008

Freelon, Allan Randall, 1895-1960

Art teacher, Painter


Collection Information

Size: 4.2 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of African American painter Allan Randall Freelon measure 4.2 linear feet and date from 1895-2008. The papers document Freelon's painting and teaching career and include correspondence with institutions Freelon was involved with as well as letters from colleagues; printed material; three scrapbooks containing letters to Freelon and newspaper clippings; three journals, a notebook, and two datebooks by Freelon; exhibition files; personal business records consisting of a handwritten list of works sold, 1930-1935, and material regarding the auction of Freelon's estate in 1997; photographs of family, classmates, colleagues, art work, exhibitions, and events; and artwork including three sketchbooks.

Biographical/Historical Note

Allan Randall Freelon (1895-1960) was a an African American painter and teacher who worked in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


The collection was donated in 2019 by Nnenna Freelon, the widow of Phil Freelon, Allan Freelon's grandson, and their daughter, Maya Freelon as part of the Archives' African American Collecting Initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Language Note

English .

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How to Cite This Collection

Allan Randall Freelon papers, 1895-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.