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Arthur Monroe papers, circa 1950-2010

Monroe, Arthur, 1935-2019

Painter, Arts administrator, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 24.3 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of African American abstract expressionist painter, arts administrator, and educator, Arthur Monroe, measure 24.3 linear feet and date from circa 1950-2010. Included are files for conferences and organizations Monroe was involved with including the Oakland Museum, the African Festival of Art and Culture and others; teaching files; unpublished writings and journals on notepads; correspondence; project files; files on artists; photographs of family, friends and colleagues; and material relating to Monroe's friend, jazz musician, Charlie Parker.

Biographical/Historical Note

Arthur Monroe (1935- 2019) was an African American abstract expressionist painter, arts administrator and educator in Oakland, California. Monroe was the Registrar at the Oakland Museum and American Studies professor at UC Berkley.


The collection was donated in 2019 by Arthur Monroe as part of the Archives' African American Collecting Initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Arthur Monroe papers, circa 1950-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.