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James W. Washington, Jr. papers, 1938-1989

Washington, James W. (James Winston), 1911-2000

Painter, Sculptor

Collection Information

Size: 2.3 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of artist James W. Washington, Jr. measure 2.3 linear feet and date from 1938 to 1989. The collection includes biographical material, correspondence, writings, professional records, material related to the Artists Equity Association, printed material, and photographic material.

Biographical/Historical Note

James W. Washington, Jr. (1909-2000) was an African American painter and sculptor prominent in the Seattle, Washington art community. Religion was an important part of his life and he considered his art to be a spiritual undertaking. In addition to being active in his church community, he was a member of the Artists Equity Association, serving as the Seattle Chapter secretary from 1950 to 1960, and then as the president from 1960 to 1962. In 1990 the City of Seattle's Historic Landmark and Preservation Board designated Washington's home and studio at 1816 26th Avenue a cultural landmark.


The James W. Washington, Jr. papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by James. W. Washington, Jr. in two accessions in 1984 and 1989.

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Language Note

English .


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

Location of Originals

  • The majority of the clippings in this collection are photocopies. The location of original clippings is not known.