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Archibald Motley, Jr. papers, 1925-1977

Motley, Archibald John, 1891-1981



Collection Information

Size: 71 Items

Summary: The Archibald Motley, Jr. papers contain Motley's application for a John S. Guggenheim fellowship and accompanying correspondence and biographical material (1928-1930); an 8-page writing, "How I Solve My Painting Problems"; correspondence (1927-1977) with galleries, museums, and others; exhibition catalogs (1927-1933); and clippings (1925-1977). Also included are 3 photographs of Motley's paintings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Archivald Motley, Jr. (1891-1981) was an African American painter known for his contributions to the Harlem Renaissance and his depictions of Black life.


Donated 1978 by Archie Motley.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 3161 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

All photocopies.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Archibald Motley, Jr. papers, 1925-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.