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

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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.
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Artists Equity Association Board of Directors, 1952-1956
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Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc., Board of Directors, 1969
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Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc., Board of Directors, circa 1970-1971
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Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc., Board of Directors, circa 1972-1974
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Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Printed Material, circa 1970-circa 1972
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Oversize Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Printed Material, 1971
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Black Arts Council, 1969-1975
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Bronze Jubilee, 1979-1980
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California Museum of Afro-American History and Culture Advisory Board, 1978-1982
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Citizens' Advisory Committee on the Arts, 1975
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Committee of the Arts to Free Angela Davis, 1970-1973
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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.
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Oversize Committee to Defend Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Struggle for Freedom in the South, 1960
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Community Arts Foundation Board of Trustees, 1968
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Emergency School Aid Act Arts for Children Program Advisory Committee, 1975-1978
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Emergency School Aid Act Arts for Children Program Advisory Committee, 1978-1979
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ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education Advisory Board, 1975-1978
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Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company Art Selection Committee, circa 1965-circa 1975
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International Children's School Board of Directors, 1974-1976
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Los Angeles City Schools Cultural Resources Advisory Committee, 1966
Includes abstracts of project proposals submitted to supplementary education planning center.
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Los Angeles City Schools Cultural Resources Advisory Committee, 1966
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Los Angeles City Schools Cultural Resources Advisory Committee, 1967
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Los Angeles City Schools Cultural Resources Advisory Committee, 1967
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Los Angeles City Schools Cultural Resources Advisory Committee, 1967, 1971
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art Community Advisory Committee on Black Historical Exhibition, 1974
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Mayor's Advisory Committee on Cultural Affairs, 1974-1975
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Mayor's Advisory Committee on Cultural Affairs, 1976-1977
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Mayor's Advisory Committee on Cultural Affairs, 1977-1979
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National Center of Afro-American Artists Board of Directors, 1970-1978
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Oversize National Center of Afro-American Artists Board of Directors, 1978
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National Conference of Artists, circa 1960-1961
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National Conference of Artists, circa 1962-1979
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Pasadena Community Services Commission, 1974-1975
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Studio Watts School for the Arts Chalk-In Committee, 1968-1970
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University of Southern California Medical Center Men's Advisory Committee, 1969-1973
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W. E. B. DuBois Memorial Committee, 1967-1969
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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.
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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
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Oversize Address, Third World Festival of Youth and Students for Peace, 1951
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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
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Fellowships, John Hay Whitney Foundation, Correspondence, 1951-1972
Includes a draft of a recommendation from Raphael Soyer.
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Fellowships, John Hay Whitney Foundation, Proposal, circa 1954
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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
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Fellowships, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, circa 1954-1965
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Fellowships, Julius Rosenwald Fund, circa 1942
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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
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Juries, Air France Bicentennial Art Competition, 1975
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Juries, Bicentennial Black Achievement Exhibition, 1975
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Juries, Festival of the African Peoples, 1968
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Oversize Juries, Festival of the African Peoples, 1968
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Juries, Future Masters Program, Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1973-1974
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Juries, Initiating Committee to Welcome the Soviet Exhibition to Los Angeles, 1977
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Juries, Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation Sunday At the Bowl Exhibition, 1966-1967
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Juries and Lectures, Other, 1965, 1971, undated
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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
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Juries, Peace Corps 10th Anniversary Poster Contest, 1971
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Juries, PIC 73 Photo Contest, 1972-1973
Also includes printed material related to PIC 74.
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Juries, San Diego Art Institute 18th Annual Exhibition, 1971
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Juries, Verdugo District Fine Arts Festival, 1973
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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.
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Lectures, Black Arts Festival, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 1976-1977
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Lectures, Community Lecture Series, Boston University, 1968-1969
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Lectures, Harlem Renaissance, University of California, Riverside, 1971
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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
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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.
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Anna Lucasta Film Titles, 1958-1959
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Oversize Anna Lucasta Film Titles, 1958
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Beacon Press Book Project, 1963
Includes White's notes and outline for the book.
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Bill Cosby Design, circa 1969
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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
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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
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Childcraft Publication Illustrations, 1962-1963
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Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Holiday Cards, 1971
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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
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Freedomways Magazine Contributions, 1962-1971, 1977-1980
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Graphic Arts Council Print and Lecture, 1970-1977
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Hatch/Billops Collection, 1972-1982
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Hooper Avenue School Mural, 1974-1976
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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Make a Request

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