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

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as nine series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , circa 1934-1979
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

Addresses and contact lists include a list from an unidentified exhibition at Heritage Gallery. Awards and honors include two Internationale Buchkunst-Ausstellung awards, and an InterGrafik 76 award; announcements of White's elections to Associate (1971) and Academecian (1974) of the National Academy of Design; and records related to a 1965 Grammy award nomination in category of Best Album Cover-Graphic Arts for the RCA album Gould: Spirituals for Orchestra, Copland: Dance Symphony. A reproduction of this album cover can be found in Series 7: Printed Material.
Also found are biographical notes and resumes for various stages of White's career; bibliographies of writings about White and his work; a 1979 expression of condolence in memory of Charles White from Los Angeles Mayor, Tom Bradley; White's high school report cards; a 1975 Southern Poverty Law Center membership card; a wedding announcement for Charles and Frances White; and a logo designed for White by David Green who, at the time, was a retired chairperson of the Otis Art Institute sculpture department.
Material relating to Elizabeth Catlett, White's first wife, includes a letter, a published article by Catlett, news clippings and announcements related to Catlett's Julius Rosenwald Fellowship in 1945, and a catalog for a 1947 group exhibition at Barnett-Aden Gallery.
Interviews include a sound recording of an interview with Charles White conducted by Karl Fortess, and a folder of interview transcripts. Transcripts do not include questions of the interviewer but appear to be answers to questions or biographical sketches. The second interview in the transcript file appears to be a transcript of Charles White's answers during the Archives of American Art's oral history interview conducted by Betty Hoag in 1965.
Folders are arranged alphabetically by record type.
The bulk of this series has been digitized. The sound recording has not been digitized.
Description Container Select
Address/Contact Lists, circa 1960s-circa 1972
1
1
Awards and Honors, 1937-1959
1
2
Awards and Honors, 1965-1968
1
3
Awards and Honors, 1971-1979
1
4
Bibliographies, Biographies, and Resumes, circa 1941-circa 1975
1
5
Catlett, Elizabeth, 1940s
1
6
High School Report Cards and Graduation Program, circa 1934-1937
1
7
Interview of White by Karl Fortess, 1969 April 8
1 Sound tape reel
5 inch
Research access to archival audiovisual recordings with no reference copy requires advance notice.
1
8
Interview Transcripts, circa 1965
1
9
Logo for White Designed by David Green, undated
1
10
Membership Card, Southern Poverty Law Center, 1975
1
11
Charles and Frances White Wedding Announcement, 1950
1
12

Series 2: Correspondence , 1937-1984
3.64 Linear feet
Boxes 1-4, 13

This series consists primarily of professional correspondence, with some family and other personal correspondence scattered throughout. Several references are made in the correspondence to the fact that White was not known to be a letter writer, and indeed a large portion of his professional correspondence appears to have been conducted by Benjamin Horowitz of Heritage Gallery on White's behalf. A significant portion of the correspondence is in the form of photocopies. In addition to letters, files may contain financial and legal records, and photographic or printed material.
Notable family correspondence includes eight letters from White's great-aunt, Hasty Baines, who was the subject of his painting Matriarch, and lived to be over a hundred. There is also one letter from White's mother, Ethelene Gray, in which she admonishes her son for not writing to her and expresses her desire for a visit from him. There are three folders of correspondence with social worker and civic leader Ann Shaw. Shaw and her husband, Leslie Shaw, were close friends of the Whites for many years.
Professional correspondence documents White's relationship with Benjamin Horowitz and Heritage Gallery and includes an agreement, with terms, to act as artist representative and dealer for White signed by Horowitz in 1962. Heritage Gallery files also include groups of letters mailed to multiple recipients, such as letters informing people of publications about Charles White and letters to the Charles White Memorial Committee. White's personal relationship with Horowitz and his wife Miriam is also documented through personal notes and postcards. Horowitz's book on Charles White, Charles White: Images of Dignity, is documented in Series 3.2: Writings by Others.
White's involvement with galleries, museums, and publications dedicated to promoting African American artists is represented in substantial correspondence with Brockman Gallery and Alonzo Davis, Margaret Burroughs and DuSable Museum, the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Hoyt Fuller and Negro Digest, and others. Barnett-Aden Gallery correspondence includes a photocopy of an essay by White about his association with the gallery in its early years, written at the gallery's request.
Letters from artists and writers are scattered but often substantive. There are letters from artists such as Richmond Barthé, Romare Bearden, Claude Clark, Bing Davis, David Driskell, Elton Fax, Langston Hughes, Rockwell Kent, Jacob Lawrence, Hughie Lee-Smith, and others, letters from dancer Arthur Wright, and from writers Howard Fast, Nikki Giovanni, Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes, Carlton Moss, and Alice Walker.
Also documented are purchases and loans of White's artwork for exhibition by galleries, art institutions, and community groups including Atlanta University, Carnegie Institute, Forum Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian's National Collection of Fine Arts, Pasadena Society of Artists, and others. Otis Art Institute correspondence found here is between Heritage Gallery and the institute, and relates to arrangements for loans and exhibition of White's artwork at Otis Art Institute.
Commercial publication of White's artwork is also documented in correspondence with George A. Pflaum Publishers, Inc., Golden State Mutual Insurance Company, Johnson Publishing Company, Pro Artis, Scholastic Magazines, Inc., Twentieth Century Fox, and others, including correspondence and agreements related to White's illustrations for Harry Belafonte Enterprises which included a songbook, an anthology, and a holiday show.
This series is arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent interspersed occasionally by name of subject, and chronologically thereafter. Some correspondents with illegible signatures or for whom only the first name is known are housed at the end of the series. Other small groups of correspondence including get well cards sent to White in 1978, personal announcements and invitations received by the White family to events such as christenings and weddings or annotated by Frances White to indicate personal connections, and condolence letters on the death of Charles White, are also housed at the end of the series.
Series is digitized in entirety.
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ACA Gallery, 1955, 1962-1969
1
13
Alfred A. Knopf, 1959-1960, 1968
1
14
Allensworth Historical Site (Cecil W. Berkley), 1972
1
15
American Friends Service Committee, 1962-1968
1
16
Amistad, 1970-1975
1
17
Art Institute of Chicago, School of Art Institute of Chicago, and Alumni Association, 1937-1976
1
18
Art-West Associated, Inc., 1968-1971
1
19
Artis, William, 1961-1962
1
20
Atlanta City Council, 1977
1
21
Atlanta University, 1946-1975
1
22
A, General: Ac-Al, 1951-1980
1
23
A, General: Am-An, 1940-1977
1
24
A, General, Aq-Ay, 1960-1978
1
25
Bailey, Herman Kofi, circa 1961-1979
Letters describe Herman Kofi Bailey's experiences in Ghana.
1
26
Baines, Hasty, 1959-1962, 1979
1
27
Barnett-Aden Gallery, 1973
Includes photocopy of White's essay about his association with the gallery in it's early years.
1
28
Barthé, Richmond, 1966-1967, 1978-1980
1
29
Bearden, Romare, 1971
Only 1 letter from Bearden. Includes explanatory note, dated 1980, from Frances White about the Three Black Artists exhibition.
1
30
Belafonte Enterprises, 1957-1968
1
31
Belafonte Enterprises, Tonight with Belafonte, 1959-1979
1
32
Benham, Barbara, circa 1969-1970
1
33
Beverly Hills Art League, 1974-1975
1
34
Biberman, Edward, circa 1954-1978
1
35
Billops, Camille, circa 1964-1974
Includes photo of Billops
1
36
Bishop, Betty (Bay Area United Committee to Free Angela Davis), 1972
1
37
Borod, Martha Hard, circa 1967-1975
Includes explanatory note from Frances White.
1
38
Bradley, Tom, circa 1973-1978
Tom Bradley was mayor of the City of Los Angeles from 1973 to 1993; file includes a photograph of Bradley with Charles and Frances White.
1
39
Brockman Gallery and Alonzo Davis, circa 1967-circa 1976
1
40
Brockman Gallery and Alonzo Davis, circa 1976-1979
1
41
Burroughs, Margaret and DuSable Museum, circa 1949-circa 1971
1
42
Burroughs, Margaret and DuSable Museum, 1971-1979
1
43
B, General: Ba-Bl, 1951-1977
1
44
B, General: Bo-Bra, 1961-1978
1
45
B, General: Bre-By, circa 1959-1980
1
46
Oversize B, General: Bre-By, Buckner, Barbara Ann, 1973
13
1
California College of Arts and Crafts, 1970-1973
1
47
Carnegie Institute, 1969-1972
1
48
Cayton, Horace, 1960-1961, 1970
1
49
Chappell and Co., Inc, 1955-1956
1
50
Charles W. Bowers Memorial Museum, 1968-1969
1
51
Chicago Public Library, 1972-1973
1
52
City of Los Angeles, 1967-1969, 1978-1979
1
53
Claremont Colleges, Black Studies Center, 1969-1973
1
54
Clark, Claude, 1967-1970
1
55
Cleveland Public Schools, 1972
1
56
Coble, James P., 1970-1971
1
57
Columbia College, 1969-1972
1
58
Columbia University, Teachers College, 1969-1973
1
59
Compton Community College, 1968-1976
1
60
County of Los Angeles, 1966-1980
1
61
Cuesta College, 1971-1972
1
62
C, General: Ca, 1966-1979
1
63
C, General: Ce-Cl, 1951-1979
2
1
C, General: Cob-Col, 1953-1978
2
2
C, General: Com-Cox, 1955-1978
2
3
C, General: Cr-Cu, 1966-1977
2
4
Davis, Bing (and DePauw University), 1968-1975
2
5
Detroit Public Library, 1958
2
6
Deutsche Akademie der Künste, 1961-1973
2
7
Deutsche Akademie der Künste, 1975-1978
2
8
Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1967-1969
2
9
Dover, Cedric, 1959-1961
Dover is the author of American Negro Art. Also included in this file is The Black Knight Part 1, reprinted from Phylon (1954).
2
10
Driskell, David C. (Fisk University), 1967-1977
2
11
D, General: D.-Dep, 1963-1979
2
12
D, General: Der-Dy, 1968-1980
2
13
Eloby, Thomas, 1970-1974
Includes two photos of Eloby.
2
14
E, General, 1953-1977
2
15
Florida A & M University, 1968-1969
2
16
Ford Foundation, 1958-1959
2
17
Forum Gallery, 1969-1978
2
18
F, General: Fa-Fe, 1951-1976
Includes 3 letters from Howard Fast, one relating to publication of a book including White's portrait of Gideon; and 3 letters from Elton Fax.
2
19
F, General: Fi-Fu, 1953-1979
2
20
George A. Pflaum Publishers, Inc., 1968-1969
2
21
George Edward Neal Art Committee, 1978-1979
2
22
Gibbes Art Gallery, 1973
2
23
Giovanni, Nikki, 1967-1973
2
24
Golden State Mutual Insurance Company, 1965-1969, 1978
2
25
Goldstein, Ben and Ben and Beatrice Goldstein Foundation, Inc., 1969-1971
2
26
Gordon, Edmund W., 1962-1973
2
27
Gropper, William, 1967, 1974-1976
2
28
Gruber, Gerd, 1972
2
29
G, General: Ga-Gl, 1951-1979
2
30
G, General: Go, 1968-1977
Includes letter from Bernard Goss's widow Evangeline Goss regarding protecting her husband's legacy and Margaret Burroughs.
2
31
G, General: Gr-Gw, 1938-1978
Includes 1 letter from White's mother, Ethelene Gray.
2
32
Haines, Richard, circa 1977
2
33
Haley, Alex, 1971
2
34
Hallmark Gallery, 1967-1968
2
35
Hampton Institute, circa 1967-1969
2
36
Hansberry, Lorraine, 1961
2
37
Heritage Gallery, circa 1962-1969
2
38
Heritage Gallery, 1970-1979
2
39
Heritage Gallery, List of Costs, 1965-1969
2
40
Home Magazine, 1974
2
41
Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1968-1971
2
42
Horowitz, Benjamin and Miriam, circa 1970s
Personal notes and postcards
2
43
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1969
2
44
Howard University, 1966, 1974
Includes 1 letter from James A. Porter regarding his 1966 foreword for a Charles White catalog. Other correspondence is with Moorland-Springarn Research Center regarding the disposition of White's papers.
2
45
Hughes Galleries, 1966-1967
2
46
Hughes, Langston, 1961-1967
Includes draft of letter to Hughes and Harry Belafonte.
2
47
Hyun Families (David and Peter), circa 1966-1978
Includes explanatory note from Frances White, dated 1981.
2
48
H, General: Ha, 1955-1979
2
49
H, General: He-Hu, 1954-1980
Includes flyer with illustration by White for an event featuring Langston Hughes, with a note from Hughes to White.
2
50
Illinois State University, 1977-1978
2
51
Interested Citizens, Santa Ana, 1972-1973
2
52
Intergrafik, 1967-1970
2
53
Internationale Buchkunst-Ausstellung, 1959-1976
2
54
I, General, 1952-1979
2
55
Jackson State College, 1968-1971
2
56
Jefferson, Louise (Louise E. Jefferson Graphic Design), 1968
2
57
Johnson C. Smith University, 1968-1969
2
58
Johnson Publishing Company, 1965-1974
2
59
Jones, Clarence B. and Anne, 1967-1976
2
60
J, General, 1942-1979
2
61
Kent, Rockwell, 1967
2
62
Killens, John and Grace, circa 1967-1973
2
63
K, General, 1953-1979
2
64
Lee, Yuuramm, circa 1970s
2
65
Lerner, Irving, 1961
2
66
Library of Congress, 1940, 1950, 1973
Documents purchase of John Brown lithograph in 1950.
2
67
Lima Public Library, 1971-1972
2
68
Litchfield Plantation, 1972
2
69
Locke, Alain, 1950
2
70
Los Angeles City School Districts, 1965-1977
3
1
Oversize Los Angeles City School Districts, Student Drawings, circa 1965
13
2
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, circa 1965-1980
3
2
L General: La-Le, 1943-1978
Includes 3 items for Jacob Lawrence and 1 letter from Hughie Lee-Smith.
3
3
L, General: Li-Long, 1952-1974
3
4
L, General: Los-Loz, 1965-1980
3
5
Madian, Jon, circa 1968-1971
3
6
Markov, Valadimir Ivanovitch, 1947
This file includes correspondence between Frances White and a student (Markov) who got her address from the Anti-Fascist Committee of Soviet Youth.
3
7
Marshall, Leo and Reese, 1972
3
8
McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1968-1971
3
9
Missouri Commission on Human Rights, 1968-1972
3
10
Morgan State College Art Gallery, circa 1967-1975
3
11
Moss, Carlton, circa 1957-1978
3
12
M, General: Ma-Mei, 1952-1977
3
13
M, General: Mel-Mon, 1952-1977
3
14
M, General: Moo-My, 1965-1980
3
15
National Academy of Design, 1946, 1970-1981
3
16
National Center of Afro-American Artists, 1968-1978
Includes correspondence relating to sale of Nat Turner, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
3
17
National Council on the Arts and National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities, 1966-1970
3
18
National Office of Black Catholics, 1973
3
19
National Welfare Rights Organization, 1969-1970
3
20
Negro Digest, Hoyt Fuller, 1963-1967
3
21
Nemiroff, Robert, 1960-1980
Includes copy of a letter from Charles White to Lorraine Hansberry.
3
22
New York Times and New York Times Book Review, 1954-1969
Includes copy of letter from Aline Saarinen; other correspondence relates to publication of White's Symbolic Negro print.
3
23
Oversize New York Times Book Review, 1967
13
3
N, General: Na, 1952-1978
3
24
N, General: Ne-No, 1968-1979
3
25
Oakland Museum, 1967-1970
3
26
The Original Press, 1965
3
27
Otis Art Institute, circa 1964-1979
3
28
Outterbridge, John, circa 1969-circa 1982
3
29
O, General, 1964-1979
3
30
Pajaud, William, 1971-1974
3
31
Palm Springs Civic Arts Association, 1966-1967
3
32
Palo Alto Park Commission, Richenda Ellis and Evelyn McGinn, 1968
3
33
Parrish, Wilfred, 1973-1974
3
34
Pasadena Arts Council, 1974-1979
3
35
Pasadena Society of Artists, 1972-1979
3
36
Pelavin, B. Morris, 1971
3
37
Pepperdine University (College), 1970-1971, 1978
3
38
Philorati Club, 1973-1974
3
39
Pro Artis Portfolio 10/Charles White, 1961-1966
3
40
Public Art Workshop, circa 1975-1977
3
41
Public Schools of the District of Columbia, 1966-1969
3
42
P, General: Pa, 1952-1979
3
43
Oversize P, General: Pa, Parker, James M., 1977
13
4
P, General: Pe, 1967-1979
3
44
P, General: Ph-Pu, 1964-1976
Includes photocopies of 1 letter to Juanita Poitier and 1 letter to Sidney Poitier regarding the purchase of White's drawing J'Accuse #11, and a photocopied invoice for the drawing.
3
45
Radio Corporation of America, 1963-1970
Includes photo and transparencies of Leontyne Price.
3
46
Ragland, Robert, circa 1971-circa 1975
3
47
Rhode Island School of Design, 1971-1972
3
48
Richard Clarke Associates, Inc., 1970-1971
3
49
Richard Roy Miller Films, 1978
3
50
Richardson, Frank, circa 1973-circa 1976
Includes copy of letter to Richardson from Jacob Lawrence.
3
51
Riverside City College, Carole Long, 1973
3
52
Robeson, Paul, circa 1967-1976
3
53
Robinson, Dr. L. B., 1967
3
54
Rockford College, Arthur B. Adair, 1965
3
55
Russell, Nipsey, 1962-1964
3
56
R, General, 1955-1976
3
57
Safety Savings and Loan Association, 1961-1966
3
58
Salk, Ward & Salk, Inc., Erwin Salk, 1966-1979
3
59
Salz, Morris and Lally (Trywoodie Camp), circa 1968-1980
Includes a letter describing a visit to Richmond Barthé in his Jamaican home.
3
60
San Francisco Public Library, Martin Luther King, Jr., Special Collection Project, 1969
3
61
Sata, Frank and Marian, 1969-1978
3
62
Scholastic Magazines, Inc., 1967-1977, 1937
Records relate to both the magazine and the Scholastic Art Awards.
3
63
Schwartz, Barry, 1970-1972
3
64
Scott, John T., 1971-1979
Includes a letter from Henry Casselli.
3
65
Selma Burke Art Center, 1971, 1979
3
66
Shaw, Ann and Leslie, circa 1960-circa 1980
3
67
Shaw, Ann and Leslie, 1960-1975
3
68
Shaw, Ann and Leslie, 1976-1981
3
69
Shaw, Matt, 1965-1968
3
70
Shipley, Joseph T., 1966
3
71
Silver, Joseph, 1966-1968
3
72
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art, 1965-1984
4
1
Smithsonian Institution, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 1972-1979
4
2
Smithsonian Institution, National Collection of Fine Arts, 1953-1973
4
3
South Side Community Art Center, 1966
Documents donation of lithograph Juba to auction
4
4
Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 1968-1977
4
5
Southern Illinois University, 1969-1972
4
6
Southern Oregon College, 1966-1969
4
7
State of California, 1964-1979
4
8
Syracuse University, 1965-1974
4
9
S, General: Saa-San, 1952-1979
Includes letter from Betye Saar.
4
10
S, General: Sat-Sc, 1957-1978
4
11
S, General: Se-Sh, 1964-1979
4
12
S, General: Si-So, 1954-1979
4
13
S, General: Sp-Sy, 1952-1979
Includes 2 letters from Harry Sternberg. Includes letters from 5 people requesting information from White all marked "Syracuse University" although the relationship to Syracuse University is not clear.
4
14
Tamarind Institute/Lithography Workshop, 1964-1974
4
15
Tamstone Group, Inc., 1970-1971
4
16
Tuskegee Institute, 1971-1972
Includes copies of Benjamin Horowitz's notes on White's mural Five Great Negroes
4
17
Twentieth Century Fox, 1968, 1979
4
18
Twitchell, Kent, 1976-1981
4
19
Twitchell, Kent, News Clippings, 1975-1981
4
20
T, General: Ta-Th, 1951-1976
4
21
T, General: Ti-Tw, 1951-1978
Includes 3 letters from Dalton Trumbo.
4
22
Union Settlement, 1968-1970
4
23
United States Committee for the First World Festival of Negro Artists, 1964-1966
4
24
United States Information Agency, 1963-1969, 1977
4
25
University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1973, 1976
4
26
University of California, Berkeley, 1969-1973
4
27
University of California Los Angeles, 1963-1972
4
28
University of California Riverside, 1969-1974
4
29
University of California, Other Branches, 1963-1977
4
30
University of Illinois, Krannert Art Museum, 1970-1973
4
31
University of Wisconsin, 1967-1972
4
32
U, General, 1952-1980
4
33
Vallejo, Alfonso, 1972-1978
4
34
V, General, 1967-1977
4
35
Wade, J. Jay, 1973
4
36
Ward Ritchie Press and Images of Dignity, 1958, 1966-1967
4
37
Watson, Barrington, circa 1974-1980
4
38
Wayne, June, 1972-1978
Includes 3 photos of Charles White with others including Louise Nevelson.
4
39
White, Eliot, circa 1957-1967
4
40
Williamson, Mel, circa 1964
4
41
Wright, Arthur, 1974-1977
4
42
W, General: Wa, 1965-1980
Includes a letter from Alice Walker and a copy of White's response via Benjamin Horowitz. Walker writes at 27 years of age about her first published short story "To Hell with Dying," and of how Langston Hughes, who edited the short story volume it was published in, encouraged her to "go head on."
4
43
W, General: We, 1966-1968
4
44
W, General: Wh, 1952-1978
Includes 3 letters from Edwina Whitlock.
4
45
W, General: Wi-Wy, 1955-1979
4
46
Xavier University, 1973, 1977
4
47
Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), 1953-1974
4
48
Youngstein, Max and Reva Fredrick, circa 1960
4
49
Y, General, 1958-1977
4
50
Z, General, circa 1964-circa 1976
4
51
First Names Only: A-E, 1966-1980
4
52
First Names Only, G-M, 1963-1980
4
53
First Names Only, P-V, 1966-1976
4
54
Illegible and Unidentified Correspondents, 1950s-1970s
4
55
Get Well Cards, 1978
4
56
Get Well Cards, 1978
4
57
Miscellaneous Cards, circa 1950s-circa 1970s
4
58
Letters of Condolence, 1979
4
59
Personal Announcements and Invitations, 1960s-1970s
Announcements for and invitations to non-art-related family events, such as weddings and christenings.
4
60
Personal Announcements and Invitations, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
4
61

Series 3: Writings , 1936-circa 1981
0.45 Linear feet
Boxes 4-5

Series is arranged as two subseries.
  • 3.1: Writings by Charles White, 1936-1975
  • 3.2: Writings by Others, 1949-circa 1981
The bulk of this series has been digitized. Material not digitized includes some publications for which only covers and/or relevant pages have been digitized.
3.1: Writings by White, 1936-1975
Writings by White include two addresses to the first and second Annual Conference of Negro Artists, and a corrected typescript draft of an autobiographical essay by White in which he discusses his upbringing and the experiences that informed his art, and mentions his first marriage to Elizabeth Catlett. White's essay was used by Sidney Finkelstein in his monograph on White, Charles White: ein Künstler Amerikas, published in 1955 by VEB Verlag der Kunst. Correspondence related to this publication can be found in Series 4.3: Projects and Commissions.
Also included here are White's notes of citations collected and filed on index cards grouped according to source, and statements such as "Statement on Personal Philosophy."
Description Container
Addresses to the Annual Conference of Negro Artists, 1959-1960
4
62
Aus Mein Weg zur Kunst by Charles White, undated
Published copy in German.
4
63
Autobiographical Essay used by Sidney Finkelstein, circa 1950s
4
64
Citation Notes from Catalogs, 1940-1975
4
65
Citation Notes from Magazines, 1936-1975
4
66
Citation Notes from Newspapers, 1936-1967
4
67
Citation Notes from Newspapers, 1968-1975
4
68
Other Notes and Lists, undated
4
69
"Statement of US Youth Delegation for Soviet Press", 1950
4
70
Statements on Philosophy of Art, circa 1950s-circa 1970s
4
71
3.2: Writings by Others, 1949-circa 1981
Writing by others include several essays on White, including an English typescript draft of Sidney Finkelstein's writings on White, and a copy of a 1962 article on White by Janice Lovoos which is supplemented with notes and typescript statements by White on his philosophy and methods of working. Also found are records related to Benjamin Horowitz's 1956 book on White, Images of Dignity: The Drawings of Charles White. These include three drafts, notes by Horowitz, and printed material of publicity for the book.
Description Container
Bennett, Jr., Lerone, Statement at White's Memorial, 1980
4
72
Curran, Charles and Penney, Edmund F., Charles White... A Self Portrait, 1970
4
73
Driskell, David, An Appraisal of the Art of Edward Mitchell Bannister, undated
4
74
Finkelstein, Sidney, Draft of Charles White: ein Künstler Amerikas, circa 1954
English text; published in German publication.
4
75
Gillohm, Gisela, Charles White and His People, circa 1970
4
76
Horowitz, Benjamin, Images of Dignity: The Drawings of Charles White "Draft A", 1966
5
1
Horowitz, Benjamin, Images of Dignity: The Drawings of Charles White "Draft B", circa 1966
5
2
Horowitz, Benjamin, Images of Dignity: The Drawings of Charles White "Draft C", circa 1967
5
3
Horowitz, Benjamin, Images of Dignity: The Drawings of Charles White, Jacket Blurb, circa 1967
5
4
Horowitz, Benjamin, Images of Dignity: The Drawings of Charles White, Photocopies of Book Jacket and Partial Text, circa 1967
5
5
Horowitz, Benjamin, Images of Dignity: The Drawings of Charles White, Printed Material, circa 1967
5
6
Benjamin Horowitz Notes on Other Artists, circa 1960s
These notes may be related to Horowitz's work on Images of Dignity: The Drawings of Charles White, as White is mentioned throughout.
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Lovoos, Janice, circa 1962
Includes typescript statements by White on philosophy and method of his work, and notes adapted by Janice Lovoos for her article "The Remarkable Draughtsmanship of Charles White" published in American Artist Silver Anniversary Issue, June 1962. Also includes published article.
5
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Nagai for Japanese Publication BBBB, 1949
Includes copy of BBBB, a progressive art magazine published in Japan, as well as typescript translation and postcards.
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Unidentified, Probably White, Frances, on "Attica" , circa 1981
This note, likely from Frances White, explains Charles White's reaction to events at Attica and the creation of his work Homage to Attica.
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VOKS Art Section, Transcript of Report, 1954
5
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White, Ian, School Report on his Father's Life, 1977
5
12

Series 4: Professional Activities , circa 1942-1982
1.81 Linear feet
Boxes 5-6, 13, OV 15

This series is arranged as three subseries.
  • 4.1: Boards and Committees, 1952-1982
  • 4.2: Lectures, Panels, Juries, and Other Activities, circa 1942-1980
  • 4.3: Projects and Commissions, 1953-1982
The bulk of this series has been digitized. Material not digitized includes some publications for which only covers and/or relevant pages have been digitized.
4.1: Boards and Committees, 1952-1982
This series consists of agendas, by-laws, correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, printed material, planning documents, and other material related to boards and committees Charles White served on. Typically, there is little material related specifically to White's contributions but the series indicates the range of White's interests and influence. Of particular note is a letter from A. Philip Randolph and Martin Luther King, Jr., thanking White for his help in compiling a list of "names and addresses of Negro community leaders" for the Committee to defend Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Freedom in the South.
Description Container
Artists Equity Association Board of Directors, 1952-1956
5
13
Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc., Board of Directors, 1969
5
14
Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc., Board of Directors, circa 1970-1971
5
15
Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc., Board of Directors, circa 1972-1974
5
16
Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Printed Material, circa 1970-circa 1972
5
17
Oversize Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Printed Material, 1971
13
5
Black Arts Council, 1969-1975
5
18
Bronze Jubilee, 1979-1980
5
19
California Museum of Afro-American History and Culture Advisory Board, 1978-1982
5
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Citizens' Advisory Committee on the Arts, 1975
5
21
Committee of the Arts to Free Angela Davis, 1970-1973
5
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Committee to Defend Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Struggle for Freedom in the South, 1960
Includes letter from A. Philip Randolph and Martin Luther King, Jr. thanking White for his help compiling list of "names and addresses of Negro community leaders" for the committee.
5
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Oversize Committee to Defend Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Struggle for Freedom in the South, 1960
13
6
Community Arts Foundation Board of Trustees, 1968
5
24
Emergency School Aid Act Arts for Children Program Advisory Committee, 1975-1978
5
25
Emergency School Aid Act Arts for Children Program Advisory Committee, 1978-1979
5
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ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education Advisory Board, 1975-1978
5
27
Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company Art Selection Committee, circa 1965-circa 1975
5
28
International Children's School Board of Directors, 1974-1976
5
29
Los Angeles City Schools Cultural Resources Advisory Committee, 1966
Includes abstracts of project proposals submitted to supplementary education planning center.
5
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Los Angeles City Schools Cultural Resources Advisory Committee, 1966
5
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Los Angeles City Schools Cultural Resources Advisory Committee, 1967
5
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Los Angeles City Schools Cultural Resources Advisory Committee, 1967
5
33
Los Angeles City Schools Cultural Resources Advisory Committee, 1967, 1971
5
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art Community Advisory Committee on Black Historical Exhibition, 1974
5
35
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Cultural Affairs, 1974-1975
5
36
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Cultural Affairs, 1976-1977
5
37
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Cultural Affairs, 1977-1979
5
38
National Center of Afro-American Artists Board of Directors, 1970-1978
5
39
Oversize National Center of Afro-American Artists Board of Directors, 1978
13
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National Conference of Artists, circa 1960-1961
5
40
National Conference of Artists, circa 1962-1979
5
41
Pasadena Community Services Commission, 1974-1975
5
42
Studio Watts School for the Arts Chalk-In Committee, 1968-1970
5
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University of Southern California Medical Center Men's Advisory Committee, 1969-1973
5
44
W. E. B. DuBois Memorial Committee, 1967-1969
5
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4.2: Lectures, Panels, Juries, and Other Activities, circa 1942-1980
This subseries consists primarily of correspondence, printed material, and planning documents related to lectures, panels, and exhibition or art contest juries in which Charles White participated. Also documented here are other professional activities such as those related to fellowships, guest artist appointments, appearances at dedication events, work as a consultant, and participation in symposiums. White worked in such capacities in a wide range of schools, colleges, and universities, at small community festivals, and with larger city and international organizations.
Records related to the Third World Festival of Youth and Students for Peace in 1951 include correspondence from students who participated in the festival, and photos of Charles White with students from the group.
Description Container
Address, Third World Festival of Youth and Students for Peace (1951), 1951-1952
Includes photo of Charles White with children from the group. Also includes handwritten essay about Charles White.
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Address, Third World Festival of Youth and Students for Peace, Correspondence, 1951-1953, 1973
5
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Oversize Address, Third World Festival of Youth and Students for Peace, 1951
13
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Consultant, Conference of African-American Art Historians, Northwestern University, 1969
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Dedication, Watts Towers Art Center (1970), 1967-1979
6
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Fellowships, John Hay Whitney Foundation, Correspondence, 1951-1972
Includes a draft of a recommendation from Raphael Soyer.
6
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Fellowships, John Hay Whitney Foundation, Proposal, circa 1954
6
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Fellowships, John Hay Whitney Foundation, Proposals of Other Artists, circa 1961-circa 1963
Includes plans for work for artists including Daniel Johnson, Leonard Taylor, Betye Saar, Melvin Edwards, and Camille Billops.
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Fellowships, John Hay Whitney Foundation Printed Material, 1955, 1972-1978
6
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Fellowships, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, circa 1954-1965
6
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Fellowships, Julius Rosenwald Fund, circa 1942
6
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Guest Artist, Living Arts Program, Dayton Public Schools (1968), 1967-1972
This program included lectures and an exhibition.
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Guest Artist, Living Arts Program, Dayton Public Schools (1968), Printed Material, 1968
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Guest Artist, Living Arts Program, Dayton Public Schools (1968), Printed Material, 1968-1970
6
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Juries, Air France Bicentennial Art Competition, 1975
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Juries, Bicentennial Black Achievement Exhibition, 1975
6
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Juries, Festival of the African Peoples, 1968
6
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Oversize Juries, Festival of the African Peoples, 1968
13
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Juries, Future Masters Program, Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1973-1974
6
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Juries, Initiating Committee to Welcome the Soviet Exhibition to Los Angeles, 1977
6
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Juries, Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation Sunday At the Bowl Exhibition, 1966-1967
6
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Juries and Lectures, Other, 1965, 1971, undated
6
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Juries, PAS Graphics, Inc., First Annual Graphic Art Awards, 1977-1978
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Oversize Juries, PAS Graphics, Inc., First Annual Graphic Art Awards, 1977-1978
13
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Juries, Peace Corps 10th Anniversary Poster Contest, 1971
6
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Juries, PIC 73 Photo Contest, 1972-1973
Also includes printed material related to PIC 74.
6
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Juries, San Diego Art Institute 18th Annual Exhibition, 1971
6
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Juries, Verdugo District Fine Arts Festival, 1973
6
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Juries, Watts Summer Festival, 1970-1974
Also includes printed material from years in which White did not serve as a judge.
6
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Lectures, Black Arts Festival, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 1976-1977
6
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Lectures, Community Lecture Series, Boston University, 1968-1969
6
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Lectures, Harlem Renaissance, University of California, Riverside, 1971
6
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Lectures, University of California Extension Lecture Series, 1966-1975
Includes material related to multiple lecture series/programs.
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Panels, Art-West Associated, 1962, 1968
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Panels, Beliefs and Values as Sources of Creativity Panel, Galton Institute, 1963
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Panels, Giants of Contemporary Art Forum, Compton Community College, 1974
Also includes material related to a tribute to Bill Hanna and Charles White, October 1974.
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Symposiums, Art and the Humanities, Hampton Institute (1968), 1967-1968
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Symposiums, Politics and Our Deteriorating Environment Symposium, Southern Oregon College, 1966, 1969
Also includes correspondence related to the Fine Arts Festival, 1966.
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Oversize Symposiums, Politics and Our Deteriorating Environment Symposium, 1966, 1969
13
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4.3: Projects and Commissions, 1953-1982
This subseries includes records, primarily correspondence, contractual records, and printed material, related to the planning and execution of projects and commissioned work.
Projects documented here include the first major Hollywood film White worked on, drawing Eartha Kitt in the title role of Anna Lucasta. Records include the photo of Eartha Kitt used by White for one of his three drawings for the film. Also found is correspondence and printed material related to the promotional art White produced for the Paramount Pictures film Leadbelly. Some of White's radio and television appearances are also documented here including a Black Journal feature for National Education Television, and a documentary by Silvermine Films, Inc., Five, about five contemporary Black artists including White.
White's illustrative work is also documented including work for publications and companies such as Beacon Press, Childcraft, Doubleday & Company, Freedomways magazine, Jung Welt, Little Brown & Company, and Scholastic Book Services. Records include drafts of White's concepts for his drawings and correspondence related to his ideas. The records document, for instance, how he stressed to Diana Klemin of Doubleday, the importance of representing the dress of enslaved children accurately in his illustrations of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Robert Smalls.
There are two folders of correspondence and one folder of financial records related to the publication of Sidney Finkelstein's monograph, Charles White: ein Künstler Amerikas and the inclusion of White's autobiographical essay. Records include contractual documents and a 1953 calendar produced by VEB Verlag der Kunst featuring artwork by White. Correspondence includes drafts of letters from White.
Description Container
Anna Lucasta Film Titles, 1958-1959
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Oversize Anna Lucasta Film Titles, 1958
13
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Beacon Press Book Project, 1963
Includes White's notes and outline for the book.
6
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Bill Cosby Design, circa 1969
6
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Black Journal Film, National Educational Television, 1966-1968
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Black Journal Film, National Educational Television , 1968-1971
Includes extensive package of material sent to White by Judy Harris Weitzman intended to familiarize White with Black Journal.
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Black Omnibus Show on KTTV, 1973
6
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Charles White: ein Künstler Amerikas Monograph Published by VEB Verlag der Kunst, Correspondence, 1953-1955
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Charles White: ein Künstler Amerikas Monograph Published by VEB Verlag der Kunst, Correspondence, 1956-1965
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Charles White: ein Künstler Amerikas Monograph Published by VEB Verlag der Kunst, Financial Records, 1956-1963
6
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Childcraft Publication Illustrations, 1962-1963
6
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Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Holiday Cards, 1971
6
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Doubleday & Company, Inc., Book Illustrations, 1963-1964
Relates to illustrations for Freedom Soldiers and Four Took Freedom.
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Doubleday & Company, Inc., Book Illustrations, 1964-1967
6
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Freedomways Magazine Contributions, 1962-1971, 1977-1980
6
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Graphic Arts Council Print and Lecture, 1970-1977
6
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Hatch/Billops Collection, 1972-1982
6
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Hooper Avenue School Mural, 1974-1976
6
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Oversize Hooper Avenue School Mural, circa 1975
OV 15
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Johnson Publishing Company, Inc., The Shaping of Black America, Illustrations , 1973-1975
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Jung Welt Publication Illustrations, 1973-1975
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Oversize Jung Welt Publication Illustrations, 1973-1975
13
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Little, Brown & Company, A Man Ain't Nothin' But A Man Book Jacket Design, 1974
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Los Angeles Public Library, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Exposition Park Branch Mural, 1978
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Oversize Los Angeles Public Library, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Exposition Park Branch Mural, 1975
OV 15
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Paramount Pictures Leadbelly Film Promotional Art, 1975-1976
6
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Scholastic Book Services, Runaway Slave: The Story of Harriet Tubman, Illustrations , 1964
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Scholastic Magazines, Inc., Black Culture Program Film Strip, 1971-1973
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Oversize Scholastic Magazines, Inc., Black Culture Program Film Strip, circa 1973
13
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Silvermine Films, Inc., Five Documentary , 1970-1971
Documentary film about five contemporary Black artists including White.
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"White's Magnificent People" Interview with Jack Daley on KPFA Radio, 1961
Letter and program only.
6
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Series 5: Teaching Files , 1950-1979
0.72 Linear feet
Boxes 6-7, 13

Teaching files relate primarily to White's teaching career at Otis Art Institute from 1965-1979, including administrative records such as board and committee memoranda, reports, meeting minutes, and fundraising material; printed material related to exhibitions and other events at the institute; and material related specifically to White such as performance evaluations, course assignments, and appraisals of his teaching by students. There is also material documenting the transfer of the Otis Charter to Parsons School of Design in 1979, with a note from Frances White stating that White was asked to be the official spokesperson for the faculty and students as they developed a strategy for the school's future.
In addition to the Otis Art Institute records there is a file on a 1977 workshop White taught at the Arkansas Art Center; a file on White's appointment to Howard University from 1978-1979 including a copy of a June 1979 letter in which White states his intent to resign due to ill health; and a file containing certificates from the University of the State of New York Private Trade School Teacher's Course qualifying Charles White to teach at the Workshop School.
Series is arranged by institution. Otis Art Institute files, which form the bulk of the series, are arranged alphabetically by folder title and chronologically thereafter.
The bulk of this series has been digitized. Material not digitized includes some publications for which only covers and/or relevant pages have been digitized.
Description Container Select
Arkansas Arts Center Painting Workshop, 1977
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Howard University, 1978-1979
6
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Oversize Otis Art Institute, "A Series of Visual Letters to the Councilpersons of Los Angeles in Support of the Arts" Photocopies, circa 1978
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Otis Art Institute, Accreditation Reports and Related Material, 1966-1977
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Otis Art Institute, Administrative Requests, 1976, 1978
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Otis Art Institute, Board and Committee Reports, 1968-1973
6
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Otis Art Institute, By-Laws, Constitution, Minutes, Faculty Association, 1972-1978
6
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Otis Art Institute, Catalogs, 1965-1977
Includes summer session brochures.
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Otis Art Institute, Commencement Addresses and Programs, 1969-1978
Includes addresses by Dr. Ralph Cohen, 1969, and Paolo Soleri, 1970.
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Otis Art Institute, Correspondence, 1960s-1979
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Otis Art Institute, Course Assignments, Listings, and Descriptions, 1964-1978
7
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Otis Art Institute, Evaluations of White's Performance, 1964-1978
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Otis Art Institute, Exhibition and Event Catalogs, circa 1962-1971
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Otis Art Institute, Exhibition Catalogs, 1972-1979
7
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Otis Art Institute, Goals Conference (1969), 1964, 1969
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Otis Art Institute, Goals Conference (1969), 1969
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Otis Art Institute Memoranda, Board of Directors/Governors, 1971-1974
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Otis Art Institute Memoranda, Faculty, 1974-1979
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Otis Art Institute Meeting Minutes, Board of Directors and Executive Committee, 1969-1970
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Otis Art Institute Meeting Minutes, Board of Directors and Executive Committee, 1971-1972
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Otis Art Institute Meeting Minutes, Board of Directors and Executive Committee, 1972-1973, 1977
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Otis Art Institute Meeting Minutes, Gallery Committee, 1977-1978
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Otis Art Institute Meeting Minutes, Other Committees and Councils, 1977-1979
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Otis Art Institute, Otis Art Associates Board of Directors List, circa 1969-circa 1970
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Otis Art Institute, Otis Art Associates Financial Statements, 1969-1977
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Otis Art Institute, Otis Art Associates Fundraising Material, circa 1969-circa 1977
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Otis Art Institute, Printed Material, Announcements and Calendars, circa 1970s
7
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Otis Art Institute, Printed Material, Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1970-1979
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Otis Art Institute, Printed Material, News Clippings, circa 1972-1979
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Oversize Otis Art Institute, Printed Materials, Newspaper Clippings, 1972-1978
Relate to transfer of charter for Otis Art Institute to Parsons School of Design.
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Otis Art Institute, Printed Material, Newsletters, circa 1970- circa 1978
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Otis Art Institute, Program Policies and Director/Faculty Job Descriptions, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
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Otis Art Institute, Student Appraisals of Teaching, 1972-1975
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Otis Art Institute, Student Project Proposals and Statements, circa 1973
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Otis Art Institute, Transfer of Charter to Parsons School of Design, 1978
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Otis Art Institute, Transfer of Charter to Parsons School of Design, 1979
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Otis Art Institute, Tutor/Art Program, 1966-1972
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University of the State of New York, Workshop School of Advertising and Editorial Art, 1950-1954
7
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Series 6: Gallery and Exhibition Files , 1946-1980
0.98 Linear feet
Boxes 7-8, 13

This series includes material related to galleries and institutions where Charles White exhibited, as well as planning material related to specific exhibitions. These files may include correspondence, photographic material, and printed material. Researchers should note that additional material related to exhibitions and galleries may be found in Series 2: Correspondence and Series 7: Printed Material.
Series is arranged as two subseries. In 6.1 records typically document more than one exhibition held by a gallery, institution, or organization, and are arranged by name of gallery, institution, or organization. In 6.2 records typically document a single exhibition and are arranged chronologically.
  • 6.1: Gallery and Institution Files, 1946-1980
  • 6.2: Exhibition Files, 1956-1979
The bulk of this series has been digitized. Material not digitized includes some publications for which only covers and/or relevant pages have been digitized. Duplicates of items found elsewhere in the collection have not been digitized.
6.1: Gallery and Institution Files, 1946-1980
This series includes documentation of White's 1958 exhibition at ACA Gallery, including a sign-in sheet, snapshots taken at the opening, and letters of praise from many attendees including Charles Keller and Walter Rosenblum. Documentation of White's 1961 exhibition at ACA Gallery includes snapshots of the opening picturing Harry Belafonte, William Gropper, Hughie Lee Smith, and others.
Files related to Akademie der Künste der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik document two visits White made to Germany and plans for a 1979 exhibition which never took place due to his illness and subsequent death. The files include letters from Academy of the Arts of the German Democratic Republic President, Konrad Wolf; letters from Irene Mode, who acted as White's translator on his 1974 and 1978 trips to Germany; a catalog of the Exhibition of American Artists (1974); and a copy of the address delivered by Lea Grundig, Honorary President of the Sculptor's and Painters' Association of the German Democratic Republic at the opening ceremony of the exhibition.
Records related to Barnett-Aden Gallery include a handwritten draft of an essay or talk about the gallery by White. Records documenting White's association with Heritage Gallery can be found in Series 2: Correspondence, and Series 7: Printed Material.
Description Container
ACA Gallery, circa 1944-circa 1954
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ACA Gallery, 1956-1958
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ACA Gallery, 1961
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ACA Gallery, circa 1965
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Oversize ACA Gallery, 1951-1955
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Acts of Art Galleries, 1971
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Akademie der Künste der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, 1974
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Akademie der Künste der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, 1974-1975
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Akademie der Künste der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, 1977-1978
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Akademie der Künste der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, 1978-1980
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Akademie der Künste der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, Miscellaneous Receipts, 1974, 1978
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Oversize Akademie der Künste der Keutschen Demokratischen Republik, 1974
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Atlanta University, Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture and Prints by Negro Artists, 1946-1960
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Oversize Atlanta University Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture and Prints by Negro Artists, circa 1940s
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Barnett-Aden Gallery, 1973-1974, undated
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Oversize Barnett-Aden Gallery, circa 1950s
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Exhibitions in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968-1969, 1976
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FESTAC, Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, 1972-1979
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Oakland Art Museum, 1968-1970
Documents purchase of Silent Song in 1968.
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Other Exhibition Information, circa 1968-circa 1977
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Selma Burke Art Center, 1971, 1979
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University of California, Los Angeles, 1963-1975
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6.2: Exhibition Files, 1956-1979
This subseries documents specific solo exhibitions of White's work, and group exhibitions in which he participated, from 1956-1979. Files typically contain a small amount of correspondence and printed material related to the exhibitions such as press releases, catalogs, announcements, and news clippings. Records related to White's 1964 exhibition at Occidental College also include photos of White at the opening of the exhibition.
Description Container
Eight New York Painters (1956), University of Michigan Museum of Art, 1956
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Charles White (1958), California State Association of Colored Women's Clubs, University of Southern California, 1958
Includes handwritten letter from Charles White and photographs of the exhibition installation.
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20th Century Realists (1963), San Diego Fine Arts Festival, 1961-1963
Includes typescript note from Frances White about racism in the museum community.
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Drawings by Charles White (1964), Occidental College, 1964
Includes photos of White at exhibition opening.
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The Negro In American Art (1966-1967) Traveling Exhibition, 1966
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Charles White (1967-1978), Howard University, Morgan State College, and Fisk University, 1961-1969
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American and Soviet Printmakers (1968), National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, 1968
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Five Famous Black Artists (1970), Museum of Fine Arts Boston and National Center of Afro-American Art, 1968-1970
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Dimensions of Black (1970), La Jolla Museum of Art, 1969-1970
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Homage to Alain Locke, The United Negro College Fund and Atlanta University, 1970
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Joint Print Show with Norma Morgan (1970), Spelman College, 1970
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The Machine in the Garden (1970), Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1970
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Black American Artists/1971 (1971), Illinois Bell Telephone Company Lobby Gallery, 1970-1971
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Three Black American Artists (1971), Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, 1971
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Three Graphic Artists (1971), Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1970-1971
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5th Biennale of Graphic Design (1972), 1971-1972
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Oversize 5th Biennale of Graphic Design, 1972
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5th Annual Printmaking West (1973), Utah State University Galleries, 1973
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Talladega College Arts Festival Exhibition (1974), 1973-1974
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Directions in Afro-American Art (1974), Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 1974
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Kindred Spirits: The African Diaspora (1974) Exhibition and Seminar, National Center of Afro-American Artists, 1974
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West Coast '74: The Black Image (1974), E. B. Crocker Art Gallery, 1974
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Salute to Our Black Culture (1974), Pasadena Convention Center, Sponsored by Pasadena Centennial Committee, 1974
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Selected Visions — Black Expressions (1975), Pioneer Museum and Haggin Galleries, College of the Pacific, 1974-1975
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Oversize Selected Visions — Black Expressions (1975), Pioneer Museum and Haggin Galleries, College of the Pacific, 1975
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Two Centuries of Black American Art (1976), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1976-1977
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Two Centuries of Black American Art (1976), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Printed Material, 1976-1977
Includes items from exhibition at other museums.
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Oversize Two Centuries of Black American Art (1976-1977), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Printed Material, 1976
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Twentieth Century Black American Artists (1976), San Jose Museum of Art, 1976
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The Work of Charles White: An American Experience (1976-1977) Touring Exhibition, 1976-1977
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Oversize The Work of Charles White: An American Experience (1976-1977) Touring Exhibition, 1976-1977
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Golden Opportunity (1978), Gallery 62 National Urban League, Inc., 1978
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Visions of a Spirit (1979), Soul Magazine, 1979
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Series 7: Printed Material , 1933-1987
4.8 Linear feet
Boxes 8-14, OVs 15-17

Printed material includes exhibition and event announcements, invitations, catalogs, and programs; magazines and other publications; newspaper clippings; press releases; posters; reference material; and reproductions. Included in this series is printed material related to other Black artists.
Series is arranged as three subseries.
  • 7.1: Printed Material Regarding White, 1933-1982
  • 7.2: Printed Material Regarding White, Named Files, 1947-1987
  • 7.3: Other Printed Material, circa 1933-1983
The bulk of this series has been digitized. Material not digitized includes duplicates of items found elsewhere in the collection, and some publications for which only covers and/or relevant pages have been digitized. For subseries 7.3: Other Printed Material, only a representative selection of the material, focusing primarily on printed matter relating to Black artists, has been digitized.
7.1: Printed Material Regarding White, 1933-1972
Printed material provides a substantial overview of the range of work White produced over the course of his career, and his involvement with multiple art and educational institutions, community organizations, and the television, film, and music industries. This series houses announcements, invitations, catalogs for exhibitions and events in which White participated, including solo and group exhibitions; publicity about White in journals, magazines, newspapers, and press releases; copies of, or clippings from, publications for which White provided artwork and illustrations; and obituaries and other printed material documenting memorial events and tributes to White following his death.
The earliest announcement is for a 1936 Eberhard Faber art contest for high school students in which White won 4th prize in the black lead pencil division as a high school student at Englewood High School. Early exhibition catalogs of note include a 1933 Exhibition of Productions by Negro Artists at the Harmon Foundation, Exhibition of the Art of the American Negro (1851-1940) (1940) at the American Negro Exposition in Chicago, and Exhibition of Negro Artists of Chicago (1941) at Howard University, curated by Alonzo Aden.
A substantial portion of the news clippings about White, particularly the ones from the 1930s and 1940s, are photocopies.
Posters from exhibitions and events are for exhibitions at Forum Gallery (1970) and Pepperdine University (1978); a Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., event at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (1976); a Robinson's store promotion by California Originals which featured artwork by White; a Pratt Graphics Center event; and an Artists' Benefit for Civil Liberties Association of Men and Women in the Arts Concerned About Vietnam.
Publications with illustrations by White include covers for magazines such as Ebony, feature articles for newspapers including the New York Times and the New York Times Book Review, and the National Negro Congress publication, Congress Vue (Congress View). Congress Vue also includes cartoons by colleagues and friends of White including Ernie Chrichlow, Ruth Jeff, Thelma Dale, Fredi Washington, and Elizabeth Catlett. These retain their original order and are accompanied by an explanatory note by Frances White. Also found are copies of the Marxist publication (New Masses, and The Worker, both of which featured illustrations by White.
Description Container
Announcements and Invitations, circa 1940s-circa 1970s
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Oversize Announcements and Invitations, 1936
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Announcements and Invitations, 1937-1947
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Announcements and Invitations, 1950s
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Announcements and Invitations, 1960-1967
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Announcements and Invitations, 1968-1969
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Announcements and Invitations, 1970-1973
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Announcements and Invitations, 1974-1975
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Announcements and Invitations, 1976
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Announcements and Invitations, 1977
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Announcements and Invitations, 1977-1979
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Exhibition Catalogs, 1933-1938
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Exhibition Catalogs, 1940-circa 1944
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Exhibition Catalogs, 1945-1949
8
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Exhibition Catalogs, 1950-1952
8
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Exhibition Catalogs, 1953
8
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Exhibition Catalogs, 1954-1958
8
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Exhibition Catalogs, 1959-1969
8
44
Exhibition Catalogs, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
8
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Exhibition Catalogs, 1971-1972
8
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Exhibition Catalogs, 1973
8
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Exhibition Catalogs, 1973-1975
8
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Exhibition Catalogs, 1975
8
49
Exhibition Catalogs, 1976-1977
8
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Exhibition Catalogs, 1978
8
51
Exhibition Catalogs, 1980
9
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Articles in Journals/Magazines, 1949
9
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Articles in Journals/Magazines, 1953-1958
9
3
Oversize Articles in Journals and Magazines, 1950s, 1946
Includes 1951 interview and 1952 coverage in New Challenge regarding White's visit to the Soviet Union.
13
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Articles in Journals/Magazines, 1963-1966
9
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Articles in Journals/Magazines, 1967-1968
9
5
Articles in Journals/Magazines, 1969-1970
9
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Oversize Articles in Journals/Magazines, 1960s-1970s
13
27
Articles in Journals/Magazines, 1972-circa 1974
9
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Articles in Journals/Magazines, 1976 January-June
9
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Articles in Journals/Magazines, 1976 July-December
9
9
Articles in Journals/Magazines, 1977-1979
9
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Articles in Journals/Magazines, 1980
9
11
News Clippings, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
9
12
News Clippings, 1935-1942
9
13
News Clippings, 1943-1948
9
14
News Clippings, 1950-1958
9
15
News Clippings, 1961-1967
9
16
News Clippings, 1968-1970
9
17
News Clippings, 1971-1973
9
18
News Clippings, 1974-1979
9
19
Oversize News Clippings, 1950s-1960s
13
28
Oversize News Clippings, 1970s
14
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Oversize Posters from Exhibitions and Events, 1967-circa 1978
OV 16
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Press Releases, circa 1958-circa 1978
9
20
Publications with Illustrations by White, circa 1947-1951
9
21
Publications with Illustrations by White, circa 1952-circa 1954
9
22
Publications with Illustrations by White, 1952-1954
9
23
Publications with Illustrations by White, 1959
9
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Publications with Illustrations by White, 1962-1963
9
25
Publications with Illustrations by White, circa 1965-1967
9
26
Publications with Illustrations by White, 1968-1969
9
27
Publications with Illustrations by White, 1970-1976
9
28
Publications with Illustrations by White, 1977-1980
9
29
Oversize Publications with Illustrations by White, 1966-1982
14
2
Publications with Illustrations by White, Congress Vue, 1943-1946
9
30
Publications with Illustrations by White, New Masses, 1946-1947
9
31
Oversize Publications with Illustrations by White, The Worker and Daily Worker, 1949-1953
14
3
Publications with Illustrations by White, Photocopies, circa 1980s
9
32
Reproductions of Artwork, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
9
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Oversize Reproductions of Artwork, 1965, circa 1970s
Includes illustration used by Children's Home Society of California and album cover for RCA, Gould: Spirituals for Orchestra, Copland: Dance Symphony
OV 16
2
Tributes to White and Obituaries, 1979-1980
9
34
Tributes to White and Obituaries, 1980
9
35
Tributes to White and Obituaries, 1979-1980
9
36
Oversize Tributes to Charles White, Memorials, and Obituaries, 1979-1980
14
4
7.2: Printed Material Regarding White, Named Files, 1947-1987
This series houses printed material grouped by name of organization, gallery, and occasionally, subject, in named files believed to have been established in the original arrangement. Some of this material relates to White indirectly in that it documents organizations of which White was a member, such as the National Academy of Design, or in which he participated as part of a larger group. Other material relates specifically to White, such as printed material documenting White's exhibitions at Heritage Gallery; material related to Brown Pharmaceutical's limited edition portfolio of reproductions of White's work; material about a portfolio of drawings by White published by the magazine Masses and Mainstream; and a folder of news clippings reporting a series of racist attacks on Charles White and others in New York's Greenwich Village in 1947.
Description Container
Akademie der Künste der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, 1961, 1974-1979
9
37
Akademie der Künste der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik Newsletter, Mitteilungen, 1974-1979
9
38
Oversize Akademie der Künste der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik , 1973-1977
News clippings that appear to be unrelated to White.
14
5
Alumni Association of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1967-1979
10
1
American Academy/National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, 1952
10
2
Artists for Economic Action, circa 1975-1979
10
3
Ben and Beatrice Goldstein Foundation, 1971-1973
10
4
Black History Month, 1982-1983
10
5
Blackburn, Robert, The Printmaking Workshop , 1956-circa 1975, 1975
10
6
Brockman Gallery, circa 1970s-circa 1983
10
7
Oversize Brockman Gallery, 1970s
14
6
Brown Pharmaceutical Company, 1977
Material related to Brown Pharmaceutical's limited edition portfolio of reproductions of Charles White's work.
10
8
Oversize Brown Pharmaceutical Company, 1977
14
7
California Confederation of the Arts, 1976
10
9
Carnegie Institute, 1971-1972
10
10
Committee for the Negro in the Arts, circa 1950-circa 1952
10
11
Flint Institute of Arts, 1971
10
12
Forum Gallery, 1967-1971
10
13
Forum Gallery, 1972-1976
10
14
Geo. A. Pflaum Publisher, 1969-1970
Includes Our Little Messenger and Black Heritage Series.
10
15
Oversize Geo. A. Pflaum Publisher, 1970
OV 15
3
Gordon, Edmund W. , 1969-1978
10
16
Graphic Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1970-1972
10
17
Graphic Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1972-1976
10
18
Heritage Gallery, circa 1964-1987
10
19
Heritage Gallery Clippings, circa 1966-1977
10
20
Oversize Heritage Gallery, 1964-1973
14
8
Oversize James B. Lansing Sound, Inc. (JBL) , 1971
Sample of tissue overlay used with the original lithograph Blue commissioned by James B. Lansing Sound, Inc. and letter explaining the context.
14
9
James Willis Gallery, 1975
10
21
Lincoln Avenue Methodist Church, 1961-1962
10
22
Oversize Lincoln Avenue Methodist Church, 1961-1962
14
10
Long Beach Museum of Art, 1959-1971
10
23
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, circa 1970-1971
10
24
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1971-1974
10
25
Masses & Mainstream, 1949-circa 1953
Includes copies of Masses & Mainstream and printed material about a portfolio of drawings published by Masses & Mainstream.
10
26
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1952-1953
10
27
National Academy of Design, 1971-1979
10
28
National Academy of Design, Annual Reports, 1970-1976
10
29
National Academy of Design, Clippings, 1971-1975
10
30
National Academy of Design, School of Fine Arts Catalogs, 1971-1980
10
31
Pasadena Arts Council, circa 1974-1979
10
32
Pasadena Society of Artists, circa 1963-1978
10
33
Racist Attacks, 1947
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34
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1966-1979
10
35
University of Judaism School of Fine Arts, 1964
10
36
Oversize University of Illinois, Krannert Art Museum , 1971
Exhibition and lecture series poster
14
11
Visual Arts Project, Visiting Artists, circa 1970s
10
37
Westside Jewish Community Center, 1957-1960
10
38
Xavier University, 1976
10
39
YWCA, circa 1930s, 1952-1953
10
40
7.3: Other Printed Material, circa 1933-1983
7.3.1: Announcements and Catalogs, circa 1950s-1980
This series houses announcements, catalogs, and event posters of artists other than Charles White.
Description Container
Announcements and Catalogs, General, circa 1950s-circa 1980
10
41
Announcements and Catalogs, General, circa 1950s-circa 1980
10
42
Announcements and Catalogs, General, circa 1950s-circa 1980
10
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Announcements and Catalogs, General, circa 1950s-circa 1980
10
44
Announcements and Catalogs, General, circa 1950s-circa 1980
10
45
Announcements and Catalogs, General, circa 1950s
10
46
Announcements and Catalogs, General, 1962-1967
10
47
Announcements and Catalogs, General, 1968-1969
11
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Announcements and Catalogs, General, 1970
11
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Announcements and Catalogs, General, 1971
11
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Announcements and Catalogs, General, 1972
11
4
Announcements and Catalogs, General, 1973
11
5
Announcements and Catalogs, General, 1974
11
6
Announcements and Catalogs, General, 1975-1976
11
7
Announcements and Catalogs, General, 1977
11
8
Announcements and Catalogs, General, 1978
11
9
Announcements and Catalogs, General, 1979-1980
11
10
Oversize Poster Announcements, circa 1960s-circa 1970s
14
12
7.3.2: Artist Files, circa 1933-1982
This series consists primarily of announcements and exhibition catalogs documenting White's interest in other Black artists of his generation and younger, many of whom were friends and colleagues of his such as Bing Davis and Betye Saar, and some of whom were his students at Otis Art Institute.
Of particular note are the catalog from Romare Bearden's first New York exhibition at Samuel M. Kootz Gallery; a WPA student art exhibition at the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago; and a catalog for a 1933 Harmon Foundation Exhibition of Work by Negro Artists.
Description Container
Black Artists, A-B, circa 1960s-1980
11
11
Black Artists, C-G, 1967-1979
Includes copies of correspondence related to artist Dana Chandler.
11
12
Oversize Black Artists, C-G, 1960s-1970s
14
13
Black Artists, H-K, circa 1950s-circa 1979
11
13
Black Artists, L-P, circa 1950s-circa 1979
11
14
Black Artists, R-Y, circa 1950s-1980
11
15
Oversize Black Artists, R-Y, circa 1960s-1970s
14
14
Black Artists, Bearden, Romare, 1945, 1960s-circa 1980
11
16
Black Artists, Davis, Bing, 1970-1972
11
17
Black Artists, Davis, Bing, 1973-1979
11
18
Black Artists, DeCarava, Roy , 1982
11
19
Oversize Black Artists, Logan, Juan (Exhibition Posters), 1960-1961, circa 1970s
OV 15
4
Black Artists, Saar, Betye, circa 1966-1980
11
20
Black Artists, Wilson, Stanley, 1971-1979
11
21
Black Artists, Wyatt, Richard, Jr. , circa 1970-1982
11
22
Oversize Black Artists, Wyatt, Richard, Jr., 1977
14
15
Black Artists, Group Exhibitions/Publicity, circa 1933-circa 1952
11
23
Oversize Black Artists, Group Exhibitions/Publicity, circa 1940s-1975
14
16
Black Artists, Group Exhibitions/Publicity, 1971-1972
11
24
Black Artists, Group Exhibitions/Publicity, 1973-1974
11
25
Black Artists, Group Exhibitions/Publicity, circa 1975-circa 1976
11
26
Black Artists, Group Exhibitions/Publicity, 1976-1977
11
27
Black Artists, Group Exhibitions/Publicity, 1978-1982
11
28
Black Artists in America Film and Lecture Series, circa 1973-1976
11
29
Other Artists, Heller, Jules, circa 1972-1975
11
30
Other Artists, Kanemitsu, Matsumi, 1970-1979
11
31
Other Artists, Kent, Rockwell , 1971
11
32
Oversize Other Artists, Picasso, Pablo, 1971
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17
Other Artists, Shahn, Ben, 1957-1958, 1975
11
33
7.3.3: Subject Files, 1937-1983
Subject files reflect the original arrangement of some of White's printed material by people, places, and subjects of interest to him. Some of the files contain notes by Frances White about the significance of a particular subject. Some of the material relates to friends of Charles and Frances White, such as issues of Kozmic Times, a publication started by Paul Finot, and Camp Trywoodie, a long running summer camp in Hyde Park, New York, established by White's friends, Morris and Lally Salz.
Description Container
Oversize Belafonte, Harry, 1957
14
18
Brochures for Commercial Art, circa 1970s
11
34
Brooklyn Museum Community Gallery, 1970
11
35
Oversize Cafe Society, 1974
14
19
Camp Trywoodie, 1966-1968
11
36
Camp Trywoodie, 1971-1975
11
37
Camp Trywoodie, 1976-1980
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1
Camp Trywoodie, circa 1960s-circa 1980
12
2
Camp Wo-Chi-Ca, 1947, 1979
12
3
Chez Brown Restaurant, 1975
12
4
Cinque Gallery, circa 1977
12
5
Cirrus Editions, circa 1971
12
6
City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Board, circa 1973-1974
12
7
Citywide Murals, circa 1974
12
8
Dixon, Ivan, 1967, 1977
12
9
DuSable Museum of African American History, circa 1970
12
10
Oversize Finot, Paul and Pat, 1972
OV 17
1
Granados Restaurant, circa 1960s
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11
Hikmet, Nazim , circa 1960s
12
12
Hospital Audiences, Inc., circa 1971
12
13
Internationale Buchkunst-Ausstellung/International Book Art Exhibition, 1971-1977
12
14
Junior Arts Center, Barnsdall Park, circa 1976
12
15
Kozmic Times, circa 1972
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16
Oversize Kozmic Times, circa 1970s
Includes issues 3-5 of Kozmic Times.
OV 17
2
LEPRA, circa 1968
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17
Mexican Muralists, 1937-1943
Includes a 1937 guide to guide to frescoes in the National Preparatory School, Mexico, and a program for the Escuela de Pintura Y Escultura where White studied during his stay in Mexico City in 1943.
12
18
Moving Company (Dance), 1971-1973
12
19
National Murals Network, 1977-1979
12
20
News Clippings on Art, circa 1937-circa 1972
12
21
News Clippings on Art, 1972-1982
12
22
Oversize News Clippings on Art, circa 1940s-1970s
14
20
News Clippings, General, circa 1930s-1979
12
23
Oversize News Clippings, General, 1971-1979
14
21
Oversize Posters for Exhibitions and Events, circa 1960s-1970s
OV 17
3
Pratt Graphics Center, 1972-1975
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24
Press Releases, General, circa 1970s
12
25
Publications, Miscellaneous, 1958, 1964, 1967
Includes a December 1967 issue of Uprising by Ashanti Art Service; and a copy of Typographica Curiosa by Frank J. Thomas.
12
26
Publications, Miscellaneous, 1972, 1974, 1983
12
27
Oversize Publications, Miscellaneous, 1978-1979
14
22
Rainbow Art Foundation, 1976
12
28
Reference Material, 1950s-1970s, 1973
Includes explanatory note from Frances White about how White used the material. Associated reference photographs can be found in Series 9: Photographs.
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29
Oversize Reference Material, 1940s-1970s
14
23
Reproductions of Artwork, circa 1950s-circa 1970s
12
30
Sata, Frank and Marian , 1972-1981
12
31
Schindler-Rainman, Dr. Eva , 1971-1973
12
32
School of the Dayton Art Institute, 1967-1968
12
33
Tamarind Lithography Workshop, circa 1958-1969
12
34
Tamarind Lithography Workshop, 1970, undated
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35
Tamarind Lithography Workshop, 1970
12
36
Tamarind Lithography Workshop, 1970-1977
12
37
Tamarind Lithography Workshop, 1973-1978
12
38
Trumbo, Dalton , circa 1965-1979
12
39
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1952-1956, 1971
Includes material related to the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition and the boycott of the Contemporary Black Artists in America exhibition.
12
40
William L. Patterson Foundation, 1977-1980
Includes printed material using White's 1950 illustration of William L. Patterson.
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41

Series 8: Scrapbooks , 1936-1970s
0.15 Linear feet
Box 12

This series includes three unbound scrapbooks, as well as photocopies of scrapbook pages. Scrapbooks contain primarily printed material, with publicity about White's career particularly from the 1930s-1950s, with some scattered letters and financial material.
Series is digitized in entirety.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook 1 Pages, 1936-1938
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42
Scrapbook 1 Pages, 1939-1940
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43
Scrapbook 1 Pages, 1941-1942
12
44
Scrapbook 1 Pages, 1943-1948
12
45
Scrapbook 2 Pages, 1950-1952
12
46
Scrapbook 2 Pages, 1950-1952
12
47
Scrapbook 3 Pages, 1956-1958
12
48
Photocopied Pages, 1940s-1970s
12
49

Series 9: Photographic Material , 1940-1976
0.15 Linear feet
Box 12

This series includes eight holiday card photographs, most featuring Charles and Frances White and their two children, and photos of White at a 1969 University of California Afro-American History and Culture workshop. Workshop photos also picture Mary Jane Hewitt and others. Other events include a photo of the galleries at the 1940 American Negro Exposition in Chicago; a photo of White with Los Angeles Police chief Thomas Reddin during a 1969 police department show judged by White; and a group photo taken at a 1961 community outreach program in Pasadena which includes Esther Jones.
Photos of people include an autographed composite photo of John Bubbles with an accompanying letter of transmittal from Bubbles, and snapshots of unidentified people who are probably friends.
Photos of works of art are all by other Black artists except for the first image which is of artwork by White. Also found is a folder of works of art by students included in an exhibition, Young Negro Art, at the Hampton Institute in 1943. They include works by John Biggers, Joseph L. Mack, and J. Redwood. The folder also includes a photo of unidentified guests at a preview of the exhibition.
Also found are photographic prints of Frederick Douglass, Roland Hayes, and a female singer that White used as reference material for his artwork.
Series is digitized in entirety.
Description Container Select
Charles White and Family, 1960s-1976
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Charles White at University of California, Los Angeles Afro-American History and Culture Workshop, 1969
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51
Events, American Negro Exposition, Chicago, 1940
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Events, Other, 1961, 1969
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People, John Bubbles, 1974
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People, Unidentified, circa 1940s
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55
Reference Photographs, undated
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Works of Art, circa 1940s, 1973
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57
Works of Art in Young Negro Art (1943) at Hampton Institute, circa 1943
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58

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