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Calvin Burnett papers, 1920-1979, bulk 1960s-1970s

Burnett, Calvin W., 1921-2007

Painter, Designer, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 6.1 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of graphic artist and arts educator Calvin Burnett measure 6.1 linear feet and date from 1920 to 1979, with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1960s to the 1970s. The papers contain biographical material, correspondence, writings, material related to his education and professional activities, personal business records, printed material, a scrapbook, and a small amount of photographs and artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

Calvin Burnett (1921-2007) was a graphic artist, illustrator, and arts educator. He graduated from the Massachusetts School of Art (also known as MassArt; now the Massachusetts College of Art and Design) in 1942, and earned his MFA from Boston University in 1960. He later received another degree in arts education. Burnett taught at a number of institutions in the Northeast, including the DeCordova Museum and the Massachusetts School of Art, where he was the first African American to be appointed to the faculty, and where he taught for 33 years.


The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Calvin Burnett in 1990.

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Language Note

English .


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