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Charles W. and Frances White letters and photographs to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1956-1961

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Series 1:Charles W. and Frances White Letters and Photographs to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1956-1961
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

The Charles W. and Frances White letters and photographs to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1956 to 1961. The collection includes twenty-eight letters written by Charles and Frances White to Melvin (Mel) and Lorraine Williamson shortly after their arrival in California. The letters refer to financial and personal struggles, as well career triumphs and current events. In addition to their shared Chicago background, both the Whites and Williamsons were interracial couples. The letters include references to racial and social dynamics, especially comparing California to New York. Approximately half of the letters are written by Charles, the other half by Frances, and two letters are written jointly. Most are signed from "Chas & Fran."
The collection also contains photographs, negatives, and slides depicting Charles and Frances with friends, their home, and Charles' studio. Many photographs include explanatory notes. Also included are clippings and exhibition brochures for Charles White's 1958 exhibition at ACA Gallery, as well as Anton Refregier's Recent Paintings exhibition.
The letters appear first and are arranged chronologically. They are followed by the photographic material, then the printed material. The name that appears first in the folder title indicates whose handwriting the letter is written or signed in.
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Frances and Charles White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1956 October 15
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Frances and Charles White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1956 October 29
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Frances and Charles White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1956 November 13
Typed letter with postscript in Frances White's handwriting.
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Frances and Charles White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1956 December 25
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Frances White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1957 February 3
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Charles White to Melvin Williamson, 1957 February 4
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Charles White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1957 February 25
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Frances and Charles White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1957 March 18
Includes photograph.
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Frances and Charles White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1957 May 5
Includes extended postscript in Charles White's handwriting.
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Charles and Frances White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1957 June 5
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Frances White Postcard to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1957 June 17
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Charles and Frances White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1957 July 30
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Frances and Charles White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1957 November 17
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Frances and Charles White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1958 January 12
Typed, signed in Frances White's handwriting.
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Frances and Charles White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1958 February 12
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Charles and Frances White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1958 March 24
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Charles and Frances White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1958 April 22
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Frances and Charles White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1958 May
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Frances and Charles White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1958 October 27
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Charles and Frances White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1959 January 18
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Charles and Frances White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1959 February 15
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Charles and Frances White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1959 April 29
This majority of this letter is in Charles White's handwriting. Frances' handwriting begins on the bottom of the 6th page and continues through the close of the letter at the top of the 8th page.
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Frances and Charles White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1959 July 24
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Charles and Frances White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1959 September 17
Includes announcement for Charles White exhibition at the Pacific Town Club.
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Charles and Frances White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1960 March 25
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Frances White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1960 April 17?
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Charles and Frances White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1960 May 8
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Charles and Frances White to Melvin and Lorraine Williamson, 1960 June 20
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Photographs and Negatives of Charles and Frances White, Friends, Home, and Works of Art, 1957-1961
Many photographs include notes on the back written in Frances White's handwriting.
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Slides of California, 1960 December
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Printed Material, 1956-1958
Includes clippings and exhibition brochures for Charles White's exhibition of prints and drawings at ACA Gallery, as well as an exhibition brochure for the Anton Refregier Recent Paintings exhibition at ACA Gallery.
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