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

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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.
Records are arranged alphabetically by name of project or commission.
The bulk of this series has been digitized; items not digitized include the full text of some publications, which may have only covers and relevant pages scanned.
Description Container Select
Anna Lucasta Film Titles, 1958-1959
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34
Oversize Anna Lucasta Film Titles, 1958
13
12
Beacon Press Book Project, 1963
Includes White's notes and outline for the book.
6
35
Bill Cosby Design, circa 1969
6
36
Black Journal Film, National Educational Television, 1966-1968
6
37
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.
6
38
Black Omnibus Show on KTTV, 1973
6
39
Charles White: ein Künstler Amerikas Monograph Published by VEB Verlag der Kunst, Correspondence, 1953-1955
6
40
Charles White: ein Künstler Amerikas Monograph Published by VEB Verlag der Kunst, Correspondence, 1956-1965
6
41
Charles White: ein Künstler Amerikas Monograph Published by VEB Verlag der Kunst, Financial Records, 1956-1963
6
42
Childcraft Publication Illustrations, 1962-1963
6
43
Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Holiday Cards, 1971
6
44
Doubleday & Company, Inc., Book Illustrations, 1963-1964
Relates to illustrations for Freedom Soldiers and Four Took Freedom.
6
45
Doubleday & Company, Inc., Book Illustrations, 1964-1967
6
46
Freedomways Magazine Contributions, 1962-1971, 1977-1980
6
47
Graphic Arts Council Print and Lecture, 1970-1977
6
48
Hatch/Billops Collection, 1972-1982
6
49
Hooper Avenue School Mural, 1974-1976
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50
Oversize Hooper Avenue School Mural, circa 1975
OV 15
1
Johnson Publishing Company, Inc., The Shaping of Black America, Illustrations , 1973-1975
6
51
Jung Welt Publication Illustrations, 1973-1975
6
52
Oversize Jung Welt Publication Illustrations, 1973-1975
13
13
Little, Brown & Company, A Man Ain't Nothin' But A Man Book Jacket Design, 1974
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53
Los Angeles Public Library, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Exposition Park Branch Mural, 1978
6
54
Oversize Los Angeles Public Library, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Exposition Park Branch Mural, 1975
OV 15
2
Paramount Pictures Leadbelly Film Promotional Art, 1975-1976
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55
Scholastic Book Services, Runaway Slave: The Story of Harriet Tubman, Illustrations , 1964
6
56
Scholastic Magazines, Inc., Black Culture Program Film Strip, 1971-1973
6
57
Oversize Scholastic Magazines, Inc., Black Culture Program Film Strip, circa 1973
13
14
Silvermine Films, Inc., Five Documentary , 1970-1971
Documentary film about five contemporary Black artists including White.
6
58
"White's Magnificent People" Interview with Jack Daley on KPFA Radio, 1961
Letter and program only.
6
59

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