Cleve Overton papers, circa 1928-2022, bulk 1948-2020
This site provides access to the papers of Cleve Overton in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2023, and total 3,236 images.
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Scope and Contents
The papers of Washington, D.C.-based mixed media artist Cleve Overton measure 3.8 linear feet and date from circa 1928-2022, bulk 1948-2020. Included are biographical materials; correspondence including letters from Overton to his wife Jude Andreasen while she was in various countries in Africa; writings, exhibition files, project files, printed materials, subject files, and photographs and photograph albums of Cleve, family, events, artwork, events and exhibitions.
Biographical material includes award certificates, biographical profiles, family history, travel documents, memorial records and obituaries, and an audiovisual recording from Cleve Overton's 80th birthday celebration. Also included is a disbound binder of biographical material compiled by Overton.
Correspondence mostly consists of Cleve Overton's letters to his wife Jude Andreasen while she lived in several countries in Africa as well as some letters he wrote to "Dear Ones," presumably friends and family. There are some letters from various correspondents addressed to Cleve Overton and there is one folder of condolence letters.
Writings include articles, essays, notes, and letters to the editor written by Cleve Overton. There is also one binder of book production records that was compiled by Overton and his wife Jude Andreasen about books they collaborated on and published.
Exhibition files consist of catalogs and announcements, clippings, photographs, artist statements, price lists, video recordings of receptions, and guestbooks of group and solo exhibitions of Cleve Overton's artwork.
Project files include correspondence, printed material, photographs, and other documentation related to Overton's art projects.
Printed material is mostly comprised of clippings, magazines, and books about Cleve Overton and his artwork, whereas subject files include a mixture of printed material, photographs and documents that were compiled by Overton on topics and artists that interested him.
Photographs are of Cleve Overton, his artwork, friends and family, exhibitions (images are of the opening receptions as well as the art), military service in Japan, and various protests and marches he participated in. Most of the series is comprised of snapshots but there are also some slides and digital photographs.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Cleve Overton papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2022 by Jude Andreasen, Cleve Overton's wife.
The collection was processed, prepared for digitization, and described in a finding aid by Rihoko Ueno in 2023.