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A Finding Aid to the Jeff Donaldson papers, 1918-2005, bulk 1960s-2005

Jeff Donaldson papers, 1918-2005, bulk 1960s-2005

Donaldson, Jeff, 1932-2004

Art teacher, Painter

Collection Information

Size: 12.5 linear feet

Summary: The papers of artist and educator Jeff Donaldson measure 12.9 linear feet and date from 1918 to 2009, with the bulk of the records dating from 1966 to 2003. The collection documents Donaldson's work as a professional artist, his academic career at Howard University, and his leadership role in the Black Arts Movement through biographical material, a small amount of professional and personal correspondence, personal business records, writings by Donaldson and others, research files, artist files, sound recordings of interviews Donaldson conducted with over 40 artists, teaching files, exhibition files, printed material, and photographs. Also found are detailed records of his professional activities and leadership roles in AfriCOBRA, CONFABA, FESTAC, and the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC), including documentation on the "Wall of Respect" mural.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jeff Donaldson (1932-2004) was an African American artist and art educator in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Donaldson was a leading figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s as he promoted "TransAfrican"-aesthetic.


Donated 2015 by Jameela Donaldson, Jeff Donaldson's daughter.