Size: 0.2 Linear feet
Summary: The papers of African American painter and teacher, Calvin Douglass, measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1954 to 1995. The small collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, photographs, printed material, professional files regarding Douglass's teaching career, and sketches.
Calvin Douglass (1931-2021) was an African American painter and teacher in Staten Island, N.Y. Douglass was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1931 and was first introduced to art at eleven when he apprenticed at a sign making shop. Later, he attended Howard University and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He was a member of Spiral, the collective of African American artists formed by Romare Bearden. Douglass exhibited his works around New York City.
Papers were donated in 1971 by Calvin Douglass. Additional material was donated after 1994, provenance unknown.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.