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Charles C. Dawson papers, 1910-1980

Dawson, Charles C., 1889-1981

Curator, Painter, Designer, Engraver, Sculptor, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 2 microfilm reels.

Summary: Biographical material, a 536 page draft of an autobiography, correspondence, miscellaneous business and financial records, writings and notes, printed material, and photographs.

Correspondence includes United States Infantry correspondence and records, 1912-1923; general correspondence, 1917-1980; correspondence and financial records dealing with Dawson's book ABCs OF GREAT NEGROES, 1932-1945; and drafts and fragments of letters written by Dawson. The writings and notes include rough drafts, notes, and typescripts. The printed material includes news releases, newsletters, program notices and newspaper clippings, 1925-1971; and miscellaneous published items. The photographs are of Dawson, his family, friends, and others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Artist, museum curator; Chicago, Ill. Studied at the Tuskegee Institute, the Art Students League of New York, and at the Art Institute of Chicago. Dawson was a member of the art staff with the Chicago Engravers, a free-lance portrait painter, the Director of Arts and Crafts and Co-Administrator of the City of Chicago Work and Training Program of the National Youth Administration of Illinois, a member of the faculty of the Tuskegee Institute of Alabama as Artist-in-Residence, and Curator of the Museum of Negro Art and Culture and of the George Washington Carver Museum.


Lent for microfilming by the DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, Illinois, 1988.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the possession of DuSable Museum of African-American History.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels 4191-4192 available at all Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Charles C. Dawson papers, 1910-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.