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Eldzier Cortor Papers, circa 1930s-2015, bulk 1972-2015

Cortor, Eldzier, 1916-2015

Painter, Printmaker

Collection Information

Size: 3.1 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter and printmaker Eldzier Cortor measure 3.1 linear feet and date from circa 1930s to 2015, with the bulk of the papers dating from 1972 to 2015. The papers contain biographical material, correspondence, professional files, exhibition and gallery files, writings, printed material, artwork, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Eldzier Cortor (1916-2015) spent his professional career as a painter and printmaker in Chicago and New York. He was born in Richmond Virginia to John and Ophelia Cortor. In 1917, the family moved to Chicago along with countless other African Americans as part of the Great Migration.


Eldzier Cortor loaned materials to the Archives of American Art for microfilming in 1970 and donated papers in 2009. His son, Michael Cortor, gave additional materials in 2016.

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Language Note

The collection is in English.


Funding for the 2017 processing of this collection was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.