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More Information | A Finding Aid to the Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight papers, 1945-2005 | Digitized Collection

Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight papers, 1945-2005

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A Finding Aid to the Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight Papers,
1945-2005
, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Rosa Fernandez, Jetta Sumulski and Emma Lincoln
Scope and Content Note
The papers of African American painter and teacher Jacob Lawrence and his wife Gwendolyn Knight measure 36.8 linear feet and date from 1945 to 2005, with the bulk of the material dated 1973-1994. The collection includes correspondence with friends, artists, students, school children, art schools, galleries, museums, and others. Also found are writings by Lawrence and others, newsclippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, press releases, brochures, books, photographs of Lawrence, Knight, and Lawrence's artwork, scattered financial and business records, and two small lithographs by James Rosenquist. An unprocessed addition of 27.8 linear feet received in 2012 contains materials dating 1970-2005, including biographical material, correspondence, exhibition files, and printed material.
Language
English
Provenance
Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight donated their papers to the Archives of American Art in five accretions between 1979 and 1997. Additional papers were donated in 2012 by the Jacob and Gwen Knight Lawrence Foundation via Barbara Earl Thomas, representative.
Separated Material
Additional scattered materials loaned by Jacob Lawrence in 1966 were microfilmed by the Archives of American Art on reel D286.
Related Material
Jacob Lawrence papers are available at the Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Department and were loaned to the Archives of American Art in 1993 for microfilming on reels 4571-4573.
Funding
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Processing Information
Several accretions of the papers, including material previously microfilmed on reel 3042, were merged and fully processed between 2003 and 2005 by by Rosa Fernandez, Jetta Sumulski, and Emma Lincoln. Additional papers received in 2012 have not been processed.