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Ed Clark papers, 1923-2017

Clark, Edward, 1926-


Collection Information

Size: 8.9 linear feet

Summary: The papers of African American abstract expressionist painter Ed Clark measure 8.9 linear feet and date from 1923 to 2017. The collection documents Clark's work as a professional artist through biographical material; correspondence with family, galleries, and friends, most notably Cinque Gallery, Herbert Gentry, Bill Hutson, and Ted Joans; writings, including documentation for the book Edward Clark: For the Sake of the Search; personal business records, including consignment and sales records; and material related to professional activities, including files on significant exhibitions and projects, gallery files, and teaching records. Also in the collection are exhibition announcements, catalogs, news clippings, and other printed material documenting Clark's work; photographic material depicting Ed Clark, his artwork, and other individuals; and a small amount of original artwork by Clark and others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ed Clark (b. 1926) is an abstract expressionist painter who worked in Paris, France and New York, New York.


The Ed Clark papers were donated in 2018 by Melanca Clark, Ed Clark's daughter, as part of the Archives' African American Collecting Initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Language Note

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.