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Edward L. Loper papers, 1965-1988

Loper, Edward L., 1916-2011

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 1 Microfilm reel

Summary: This microfilm collection of the papers of African American painter Edward L. Loper consists of biographical information; correspondence, 1974-1987; writings; photographs; and printed material. The writings include typescripts of lectures and articles written by one of Loper's students, which discuss Loper's early life, his teaching methods, and his work for the Index of Amerian Design and the Barnes Foundation.

Biographical/Historical Note

Edward L. Loper, Sr. (1916-2011) was an African American painter and educator in Wilmington, Delaware. He worked for the WPA on the Index of American Design (1936-1941) and studied at the Barnes Foundation. Loper taught privately and at schools, including at the Delaware Art Museum.


Lent for microfilming by Edward L. Loper in 1989.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art also holds two oral history interviews with Edward L. Loper. Oral history interview with Edward L. Loper, 1964 Mar. 26, conducted by Richard Doud, and Oral history interview with Edward L. Loper, 1989 May 12, conducted by Marina Pacini.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to the lender, Edward L. Loper, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 4230 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan and at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Edward L. Loper papers, 1965-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.