Scope and Contents
The papers of African American painter and educator Allan Randall Freelon measure 4.4 linear feet and date from 1830 to 2018. The collection contains biographical material, including address lists, certificates, daily diaries, and family history material; family correspondence and professional correspondence with galleries and schools; writings, including Freelon's MFA thesis, notecards and notebooks; and material related to professional activities, including exhibitions and school visits. Also included are personal business records, which contain estate records, auction records, including audiovisual records, condition reports, property records, and sale records; printed material, including clippings, magazines, newsletters, and exhibition catalogs and announcements; and scrapbooks, which primarily include photographic material, correspondence, and printed material. Photographic materials include slides, photographs, and negatives; and artwork and artifacts include sketchbooks, sketches, and one souvenir spoon from the Sesqui-Centennial Exposition of 1926.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated in 2019 by Nnenna and Maya Freelon as part of the Archives' African American Collecting Initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Nnenna is the widow of Phil Freelon, Allan Randall Freelon's grandson. Maya Freelon is Nnenna and Phil's daughter.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Rayna Andrews in 2021 with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.