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Ira Lake papers, 1888-1954

Lake, Ira, 1865-1954

Sculptor, Poet


Collection Information

Size: 1.2 Linear feet

Summary: Manuscripts; poems by Lake; a diary kept while he was in Rome, 1888-1889; a journal of travels in Europe and Canada, 1924; the typescript of "In an Unfriendly World," his fictional autobiography of a black man; sketches; papers concerning his sculpture in the Memorial Chamber, Houses of Parliament, Ottawa, Canada; photographs of Lake,1887, and of his work, 1908-1919.

Biographical/Historical Note

Poet and sculptor.


Donated by Lake's son Owen and grandson, Brandon McKay.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Ira Lake papers, 1888-1954. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.