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Hugh Samson letters relating to Augusta Savage, 1989

Samson, Hugh

Art patron


Collection Information

Size: 3 Items

Summary: Letters from Hugh Samson to Clyde Hart regarding sculptor Augusta Savage, written in response to Hart's query in the New York Times for information for a proposed biography on Savage (never realized). Samson recalls his friendship with Savage in New York in the late 1930s; her experiences as a Black woman artist and the racism she encountered; her studio in Harlem; and her eventual decline into obscurity.

Biographical/Historical Note

Hugh Samson (d. circa 1990) was friends with Augusta Savage. He lived in San Francisco, California.


Donated 1996 by Lawson Rosenberg, Hugh Samson's longtime roommate.

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How to Cite This Collection

Hugh Samson letters relating to Augusta Savage, 1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.