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Charles W. White papers, 1933-1987, 1960s-1970s

White, Charles, 1918-1979

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 12.9 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 9 reels)

Summary: Biographical data, correspondence, writings, financial material, works of art, travel diaries, subject files, photographs, scrapbooks, and printed material.
REEL LA 7: Photographs of White, his work, and a career resume.
REEL 2041: Correspondence, exhibition catalogs and invitations, address to the Second Annual Conference of Negro Artists (7 p.), and drafts of "Images of Dignity: The Drawings of Charles White" (1966), by Benjamin Horowitz, White's dealer.
REEL 3099: 31 items consisting of 3 travel diaries kept by Frances B. White, wife of Charles White, photographs and a recording of their trip to Russia in 1950, and 11 record album covers designed by Charles White.
REELS 3189-3195: Biographical data; correspondence, mostly letters received, undated and 1943-1980, from colleagues and political and arts organizations; writings on White's philosophy of art and notes for speeches; financial receipts; a few sketches and other art work; printed material, including exhibition announcements, clippings, reproductions and source material; 3 scrapbooks of printed material, 1930s-1950s; general subject files, including letters, printed material, and photographs; teaching files from the Otis Art Institute; and files on African American artists and arts organizations.
UNMICROFILMED (8 ft.): Files of printed material on artists and arts organizations; correspondence; notes on friends and acquaintances; photographs; exhibition catalogs and announcements; clippings; and other printed material.
ADDITION: Correspondence, 1938-1980, snapshots, and printed material, 1974-1980, primarily pertaining to White's last years and plans for commemorative projects after his death.

Biographical/Historical Note

African American painter and educator; Los Angeles, Calif.


Photographs on reel LA 7 and material on reel 3099 were lent for microfilming 1965 and 1982, respectively, by Benjamin Horowitz, White's dealer, and by Frances (Mrs. Charles) White. Material on reel 2041 was donated by the George Arents Research Library, Syracuse University, 1976, who had received it from Horowitz. The remainder of the material was donated by Charles White, 1975-1978, and after his death by Frances White and Horowitz, 1981-1989. White's "Black Experience Archive" (2.5 ft.) received with the papers was donated to Howard University's Moorland-Springarn Research Center, 1985, at the request of Frances White.

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How to Cite This Collection

Charles W. White papers, 1933-1987, 1960s-1970s. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.