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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the Harlem on My Mind exhibition records, 1966-2007

Harlem on My Mind exhibition records, 1966-2007

Contents and Arrangement

Most material is arranged chornologically unless noted otherwise in the series description.

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Series 1: Correspondence, 1967-2007
(Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)

Allon Schoener's correspondence includes all aspects of production and coordination of the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition, including managerial, procedural and curatorial issues. Correspondence also documents the public's response to the controversial Candice Van Ellison catalog introduction and includes letters of support for the exhibition. Notable correspondents include photographer Todd Webb and Thomas Hoving, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; as well as correspondence from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York State Council on the Arts, Library of Congress,
Life
Magazine, and Underwood and Underwood News Photos, Inc. Also included are memoranda from Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York State Council on the Arts, and a letter of congratulations from U.S. Representative Charles B. Rangel, author of the foreword to the 2007 edition of
Harlem on My Mind
.
DescriptionContainer
General, 1967-1969
(3 folders)
1
1-3
In Response to Candice Van Ellison's Introduction, 1969
1
4
In Support of Exhibition, 1969
(photocopies)
1
5
Tenth Anniversary of Exhibition, 1978-1979
1
6
Susan Cahan, 2001
1
7
Stephen Dubin, 1998-1999
1
8
George
Magazine, 1998-1999,
1
9
Charles B. Rangel, 2007
1
10

Series 2: Exhibition Files, Harlem on My Mind, 1967-1969
(Box 1; 0.9 linear feet)

Exhibition files for the original "Harlem on My Mind" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1968-1969, document awards, budgets, construction and installation notes, floor plans, installation logs, interview and photographic topics, invoices, notes, photographs, progress reports, public relations schedules, research, scheduling, slide projections, sound script, statistics, titles, printed material and audio for exhibition.
The file on the exhibition's budget includes correspondence, budget reports, lists of materials and resources, and notes for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 1969 exhibition.
Photographs include images that were either used or considered for the 1969 exhibition, as well as oversized contact sheets of the exhibition's installation.
Invoices are filed numerically, using Schoener's numbering system.
DescriptionContainer
Award undated
1
11
Budget, 1967-1969
1
12
Closed Circuit Television Facility, 1968
1
13
Community Advisory Committee, 1968
1
14
Construction and Installation Notes, 1968-1969
1
15
Floor Plan, 1968
(oversized material housed in OV 6)
1
16
Installation Log, 1969
1
17
Interview and Photographic Topics, 1968
1
18
Invoices, 1968-1969
(original collation retained)
1
19
Notes, undated
1
20
Photograph and Slide List, 1968
1
21
Photographs, undated
1
22
Installation Photographs, undated
(oversized material housed in Box 5)
1
23
Photography Research, 1967-1968
1
24
Photocopies of Photographs
Harlem on My Mind
Exhibition, 1968-1969
(2 folders)
1
25-26
Bill Miles Notebooks, undated
1
27
New York Public Library, undated
1
28
Progress Report, 1968
1
29
Public Relations Schedule, 1968
1
30
Research
Historical Note, undated
1
31
Historical Note and Chronology, undated
1
32
Printed Material,
Harlem: A Study in Depth
, undated
1
33
Scheduling, 1968
1
34
Slide Projections, 1968
1
35
Sound Script, 1968
1
36
Statistics, 1968
1
37
Titles, 1968
1
38
Printed Material
Exhibition Announcements and Invitations, 1968
1
39
Poster for "Harlem on My Mind" Exhibition, undated
1
40
Audio for Exhibition, undated
(cassette tape, CD, and 33 1/3 rpm vinyl record; oversized material housed in Box 5)
1
41
Installation Photographs, 1969
5
Audio for Exhibition, undated
(cassette tape, CD, and 33 1/3 rpm vinyl record)
5
Floor Plan, 1968
6

Series 3: "Harlem on My Mind" Re-creation, 1978-2007
(Box 1-2; 0.3 linear feet)

"Harlem on My Mind" re-creation files consist of correspondence, project outline, and exhibition files including: Harlem: USA/International Traveling Exhibition and Cultural Festival, 1985-1987; Columbia University Exhibition, 2006-2007; and I. P. Stanback Museum Exhibition, 2006-2007.
The correspondence concerns various versions of planned re-creations of "Harlem on My Mind," some of which never came to fruition.
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence, 1978-1995
(3 folders)
1
42-44
Correspondence, 1995-1996, undated
(2 folders)
2
1-2
Project Outline for New Exhibition, 1995, undated
2
3
Harlem: USA/International Traveling Exhibition and Cultural Festival, 1985-1987
2
4
Columbia University Exhibition, 2006-2007
2
5
I. P. Stanback Museum Exhibition, 2006-2007
2
6
Photography List, undated
2
7

Series 4: Harlem on My Mind Book, 1967-2007,
(Box 2; 0.3 linear feet)

Harlem on My Mind
book files consist of correspondence and documents including: New Press, invoices, outline, payments, permissions, royalty statements, notes and writings. Correspondence documents the challenges of publishing several editions with different publishers over three decades, and includes book contracts from Random House and Dell Publishing (Delacorte Press). There is correspondence with Random House and Grove Press regarding disputed ownership rights to
Harlem on My Mind
. Among the notable correspondents are Thomas Hoving, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and photographer James Van Der Zee, known for his portraits of African-American New Yorkers.
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence
General, 1967-1999, undated
2
8-9
William J. Clinton, 2002
2
10
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 1993-1995
2
11
New Press, 1993-2007
2
12
Invoices, 1968-1969
2
13
Outline, undated
2
14
Payments, undated
2
15
Permissions and Reproduction Rights, 1968-1979, undated
(2 folders; oversized material housed in Box 5)
2
16-17
Royalty Statements, 1969-1982
2
18
Notes
Budget, undated
2
19
Chronology of African-American History, undated
2
20
Miscellaneous, 1977-1978
2
21
Writings
Introduction Statements, 1969
2
22
Forewords and Introduction, 1995, undated
2
23
From Pariah to Hero
by Allon Schoener, 2007
2
24
Permissions and Reproduction Rights, 1968-1979, undated
5

Series 5: Conferences and Events, 1978-2007,
(Box 2-3; 0.8 linear feet)

Conferences and events include: "Harlem: The Last Ten Years," International Center of Photography, 1978-1979; Post Modernism Conference, Brooklyn Academy of Music; "Global Cities," 1985-1992; Schomburg Conference, 1993-1999; "A Walk Through Harlem," Schomburg Center, 1999; "The (Un)making of the Black Cultural Mecca," the New School, 2003; "Harlem Displaced" and "Harlem in Our Eyes," Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, 1999-2006; and "Harlem Then and Now," Schomburg Center, 2007.
DescriptionContainer
Harlem: The Last Ten Years
, International Center of Photography, 1978-1979
2
25
Post Modernism Conference, Brooklyn Academy of Music
Correspondence, 1985-1988
(2 folders)
2
26-27
Program Committee, 1985-1987
2
28
Proposal and Outline, 1985-1986
2
29
Book Proposal,
The Post Modernism World
, 1986-1988
2
30
Floor Plans, 1986
(oversized material housed in OV 6)
2
31
Writings
Impasse Post-Moderne et Transition Post-Media
, undated
2
32
Une Critique de l'Exposition
Les Immatériaux
,", undated
2
33
Printed Material, Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, 1985-1987
2
34
Photographs, Polaroids of Theater, undated
2
35
Global Cities Event
Correspondence, 1985-1992
2
36
Proposal, 1987-1988
2
37
Budget, 1990
2
38
Notes and Printed Material, undated
2
39
Schomburg Conference, 1993-1999, undated
3
1-2
A Walk Through Harlem
, Schomburg Center, 1999
3
3
The (Un)making of the Black Cultural Mecca
, The New School, 2003
3
4
"Harlem Displaced" and "Harlem in Our Eyes," Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, 1999-2006
3
5
"Harlem Then and Now," Schomburg Center, 2007
3
6
Post Modernism Conference, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Floor Plans, 1986
6

Series 6: Printed Material, 1968-2007
(Box 3; 0.3 linear feet)

Printed material includes newspaper and magazine clippings about the original exhibition and its impact over the years, as well as material researched by Schoener. Also found are three editions of
Harlem on My Mind: Cultural Capital of Black America 1900-1968
(1979, 1995 and 2007), and a book jacket for the 1968 edition.
DescriptionContainer
Book Jacket,
Harlem on My Mind Cultural Capital of Black America 1900-1968
, 1968
3
7
Books,
Harlem on My Mind Cultural Capital of Black America 1900-1968
, 1979-2007
(2 folders)
3
8-9
Newspapers and Magazine Clippings
Harlem on My Mind
, circa 1967-2007
4
1
Research, circa 1966-1993
4
2

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.