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Avel De Knight papers, 1947-2003, bulk 1957-1968

De Knight, Avel C., 1923-1995

Painter, Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 0.6 linear feet

Summary: The Avel de Knight papers measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1947 to 2003 with the bulk of the collection dating from 1957 to 1968. The collection includes professional files, writings, printed material, and photographic material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Avel C. de Knight (1921-1995) was an African American painter, educator, and art critic. His birth dates are also cited as 1923, 1925, 1931, and 1933.


Avel de Knight loaned materials for microfilming in 1969. Additional papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2003 by Stephen J. and Sunchita F. Tyson, executors of Avel de Knight's estate.

Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Avel de Knight conducted by Henri Ghent, 1968.

Language Note

The collection is in English and French.


Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Location of Originals

  • Reels D388, N69-111 Originals returned to Avel de Knight after microfilming.