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

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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.
Description Container Select
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

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