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

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Series 7: Professional Files , 1960s-2005
5.2 Linear feet
Boxes 6-11, OV 14

This series is arranged as 5 subseries.
  • 7.1: AfriCOBRA, 1962-1999 (0.9 linear feet; Boxes 6-7)
  • 7.2: CONFABA, circa 1960s-1970s (0.3 linear feet; Box 7)
  • 7.3: FESTAC, circa 1963-1981 (3.4 linear feet; Boxes 7-10, OV 14)
  • 7.4: Organization of Black American Culture, circa 1967-1987, 1997 (0.2 linear feet; Box 10)
  • 7.5: Other Committees and Conferences, circa 1973-2005 (0.4 linear feet; Box 11)
7.1: AfriCOBRA, 1962-1999
0.9 Linear feet
Boxes 6-7
Records of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA) include documentation on the group's history, exhibitions, scattered meeting and financial records, photographs of the artists' work, and member files. General records include founding documents such as the group's articles of incorporation. Photographs include images of Donaldson and other members of the group, AfriCOBRA events, and the organization's emblem.
Member files include biographical information sheets, press clippings, photographs of the artists and artworks, and correspondence between the artist and Donaldson. One sound recording contains a conversation with member Frank Smith.
Slides are primarily of artwork, but also include some images of artists.
Description Container
10 in Search of A Nation Exhibition, 1970
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12
AfriCOBRA II, 1971-1989
6
13
AfriCOBRA III, 1973
6
14
AfriCOBRA: The First Twenty Years (1990), 1989-1990
6
15
AfriCOBRA-FWOMAJE Collaboration, 1987-circa 1997
6
16
AfriCOBRA-FWOMAJE Collaboration, 1994-circa 1997
6
17
Exhibitions, 1979
6
18
Exhibitions (1980), 1979-1980
6
19
Financial Records, Bank Statements, 1973, 1980-1985
6
20
Financial Records, Financial Reports, 1973-1983
6
21
Financial Records, Receipts, circa 1979-1984
6
22
Financial Records, Telephone Bills, 1979-1986
6
23
Form Letters, circa 1970s
6
24
General Records, circa 1970-1973
6
25
General Records, 1975-1985
6
26
General Records , circa 1986-1989
6
27
Insurance, 1979-1981
6
28
Meeting Minutes, 1971
6
29
Meeting Minutes, 1972-1980
6
30
Members, Amabenemu, Akili , 1970s-1985
6
31
Members, Beck, Sherman , circa 1970s
6
32
Members, Cowans, Adger , 1970s-1986
6
33
Members, DePillars, Murray , circa 1985
6
34
Members, Harris, Michael , circa 1980s
6
35
Members, Harris, Michael, 1979-1985
6
36
Members, Harris, Michael, 1996-1999
6
37
Members, Haynes, Helen , 1979-1982
6
38
Members, Jarrell, Jae, circa 1970s
6
39
Members, Jarrell, Wadsworth , 1972-1986
6
40
Members, Jones, Barbara , circa 1970
6
41
Members, Jones-Henderson, Napoleon , circa 1979-circa 1985
6
42
Members, Lama, Omar , circa 1970s
6
43
Members, Lawrence, Carolyn , circa 1962-circa 1972
6
44
Members, Phillips, James , circa 1974-1985, 1998
6
45
Members, Smith, Frank, circa 1975-circa 1984
6
46
Members, Smith, Frank, AFRICOBRA Discussion Sound Recording, 1978
1 sound cassette
Handwritten note on original cassette: "4-24-78 Frank Smith AfriCOBRA Discussion."
6
47
Members, Stevens, Nelson , 1970-1985
6
48
Members, Williams, Gerald , circa 1970-circa 1980
6
49
Members, Wilson, Wendy, circa 1970s
6
50
Membership Lists, Biographies, 1971-1981
6
51
Printed Material, circa 1968-1988
6
52
Printed Material, Miscellaneous, circa 1980s
6
53
Photographs, circa 1970s
6
54
Photographs, circa 1980s
6
55
Photographs, circa 1980s
6
56
Slides, Exhibitions and Other Events, circa 1969-circa 1997
7
1
Slides, Akili, Ron Anderson, circa 1970s-1990s
7
2
Slides, Auld, Rose; Beck, Sherman, circa 1970s-1990s
7
3
Slides, Cowans, Adger; DePillars, Murry, circa 1970s-circa 1990s
7
4
Slides, Harris, Michael, circa 1970s-1999
7
5
Slides, Haynes, Helen; Henderson, Napoleon Jones; Lama, Omar, circa 1970s-1990s
7
6
Slides, Jarrell, Wadsworth, circa 1967-circa 1996
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7
Slides, Phillips, James, 1970s-1990s
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8
Slides, Smith, Frank; Stevens, Nelson, circa 1970s
7
9
Slides, Wilson, Wendy, circa 1970s
7
10
7.2: CONFABA, circa 1960s-1970s
0.3 Linear feet
Box 7
CONFABA (Conference on the Functional Aspects of Black Art) was a conference held at Northwestern University in 1970. As an organizer of this event, Donaldson's records include correspondence, and general records, as well as post-conference feedback. General records include draft programs, lists of participants, press releases, and copies of presentations. Of note are sketches created during the event by several participants, including Margaret Burroughs, Eugenia V. Dunn, Tom Feelings,and Leatrice Y. Tucker.
Also found are photographs of the event and participants. Photographs by Box/Thomas Burroughs include photos of Ben Bey, Charlie Burroughs, Paul Keene, Omar Lama, Hughie Lee Smith, and Edsel Reid.
Description Container
Artist Statements, 1970, 1973
7
11
Correspondence, 1968-1969
7
12
Correspondence, circa 1970 January April
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13
Correspondence, 1970 May-1972
7
14
General Records, circa 1970
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15
Post-CONFABA Questionnaires and Artist Submissions, circa 1960s-1972
7
16
Post-CONFABA Questionnaires and Artist Submissions, circa 1960s-1972
7
17
Sketches by Artists, 1970
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18
Task-Forces 1-2, 4-6, 1970
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19
Task Force 3 Report, circa 1970
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20
Photographs, circa 1970-1972
7
21
Photographs by Box/Thomas Burroughs, 1970-1972
7
22
Negatives, circa 1970
7
23
7.3: FESTAC, circa 1963-1981
3.4 Linear feet
Boxes 7-10, OV 14
FESTAC, also known as the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, was a major international festival held in Lagos, Nigeria, from January 15 to February 12, 1977. Donaldson was an event organizer and chairman of the United States Zonal Committee and his extensive records include planning documents, correspondence, reports, records of eleven planning meetings, including minutes and notes and a sound recording related to the first meeting, copies of all event colloquiums, lists of participants, entry forms, and press materials. Also found are drafts of his "documemoir" detailing the event. Correspondence includes that between board members, and with the Director of International Coordination, Professor Chike Onwauchi. Also found are records documenting various grants and other funding sources for FESTAC.
Photographs document festival performers in all of the arts represented at FESTAC, including press photos of performers, as well as some photographs taken at festival events and meetings. Photographs by Hoyt Fuller include photos of Ossie Davis, Alioune Diop, Chief Anthony Enahoro, Katherine Dunham, Barbara Ann Teer, and Milton Martin.
Description Container
Agreement, Canada Zone, 1976
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24
Articles of Incorporation, 1973-1976
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25
Artists' Post FESTAC Surveys, circa 1977
7
26
Board Members, Biographies and Resumes, circa 1970s
7
27
Board Members, Correspondence, circa 1974-1977
7
28
Board Members, Photographs, circa 1970s
7
29
Catalog, 1976-1977
7
30
Catalog, 1976-1977
7
31
Certificates of Recognition, 1975-1977
Oversized material housed in OV 14
7
32
Chronology of United States Zones, circa 1977
7
33
Colloquium, African Governments, 1977
7
34
Colloquium, African Languages, 1977
7
35
Colloquium, African Languages, 1977
7
36
Colloquium, African Languages, 1977
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37
Colloquium, The Arts, 1977
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38
Colloquium, The Arts, 1977
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39
Colloquium, The Arts, 1977
8
1
Colloquium, The Arts, 1977
8
2
Colloquium, Historical Awareness, 1977
8
3
Colloquium, Historical Awareness, 1977
8
4
Colloquium, Historical Awareness, 1977
8
5
Colloquium, Literature, 1977
8
6
Colloquium, Literature, 1977
8
7
Colloquium, Literature, 1977
8
8
Colloquium, Literature, 1977
8
9
Colloquium, Mass Media, 1976-1977
8
10
Colloquium, Pedagogy, 1977
8
11
Colloquium, Pedagogy, 1977
8
12
Colloquium, Pedagogy, 1977
8
13
Colloquium, Pedagogy, 1977
8
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Colloquium, Pedagogy, 1977
8
15
Colloquium, Philosophy, 1977
8
16
Colloquium, Religion, 1977
8
17
Colloquium Sub-Committee, 1976
8
18
Congressional Black Caucus, 1973-1976
8
19
Documemoir, Original Draft, 1978
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20
Documemoir, Original Draft, 1978
8
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Documemoir, Original Draft, 1978
8
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Documemoir, Draft 1, 1978
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Documemoir, Draft 2, 1977-1980
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Documemoir, Draft 3, circa 1977
8
25
Entry Forms and Rules (Blank), circa 1975-1976
8
26
Entry Forms, Music, circa 1970-circa 1976
8
27
Entry Forms, Music, circa 1970-circa 1976
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1
Entry Forms, Music, circa 1970-circa 1976
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2
Entry Forms, Performers, circa 1974-1976
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3
Entry Forms, Popular Dress, circa 1976
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4
Final Report and Follow-Up, circa 1977-circa 1981
9
5
Final Report and Follow-Up, 1977-1981
9
6
Financial Records, Statements, 1973-1976
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7
Financial Records, Taxes, 1970s
9
8
Fundraising, Walker A. Williams & Company, 1975-1977
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9
Fundraising, Marketing, Zebra Associates, Inc., circa 1973-circa 1976
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Fundraising, Marketing, Zebra Associates, Inc., 1974-1975
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Fundraising, Marketing, Zebra Associates, Inc., 1975-1976
9
12
General Programme for FESTAC, 1977
9
13
General Records, circa 1963-circa 1977
9
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General Records , circa 1973-1974
9
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General Records , circa 1975
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General Records, 1976
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General Records, 1977-1983
9
18
Invited Guests, circa 1975-circa 1977
9
19
Invited Guests and Responses, 1975-1976
9
20
List of Bon FESTAC Audio Tape Recordings, circa 1977
9
21
List of Bon FESTAC Video Tape Recordings, circa 1977
9
22
List of Participants, circa 1977
9
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List of Participants, circa 1977
9
24
Meeting Records
First Meeting, 1972
Includes 1 sound cassette.
Handwritten note on original cassette: "Opening of Meeting African Exhibition Com 1"
9
25
Second Meeting, 1973
9
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Third Meeting, 1973-1974
9
27
Third Meeting, 1973-1974
9
28
Fourth Meeting, 1974
9
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Fifth Meeting, 1974
9
30
Sixth Meeting, 1975
9
31
Sixth Meeting, 1975
9
32
Seventh Meeting, 1975
9
33
Seventh Meeting, 1975
9
34
Eighth Meeting, 1976
9
35
Eighth Meeting, 1976
9
36
Ninth Meeting, 1976
10
1
Ninth Meeting, 1976
10
2
Tenth Meeting, 1976
10
3
Tenth Meeting, 1976
10
4
Eleventh Meeting, 1977
10
5
Monroe, Arthur, circa 1976-1977
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Monroe, Arthur, 1978-1980
10
7
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Report, 1981
10
8
Nigerian Coup, 1966-1975, 1966
10
9
Nigerian Visit, 1978-1980
10
10
North American Zone Documents, circa 1973-1976
10
11
Onwauchi, Professor Chike, Director of International Coordination, 1975-1977
10
12
Press Release Mailing List, circa 1976-1977
10
13
Report, First World Festival of Negro Arts (1966), circa 1966
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14
Report and Summary of Accounts, circa 1977
10
15
Science and Technology Commission, 1973-1975
10
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Science and Technology Commission, 1975-1976
10
17
Senegal (Leopold Senghor), 1966, 1976
10
18
Sixth Pan-African Congress, 1973-1974
10
19
Status Reports, 1976-1977
10
20
USA/FESTAC Region Director's Special Recommendation, 1976
10
21
Printed Materials, 1975-1977
10
22
Printed Material, Clippings, 1975-1977
10
23
Printed Material, Press Releases, 1975
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Photographs, Artwork, circa 1970s
10
25
Photographs, Board in Session and Nigerian Ambassador Reception, 1970s
10
26
Photographs, Cinema, 1970s
10
27
Photographs, Dance, 1970s
10
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Photographs, Extra Photos, circa 1970s
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29
Photographs, Hoyt Fuller Photos, 1970s
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Photographs, Lagos, 1970s
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Photographs, Literature, circa 1970s
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Photographs, Music, A-M, circa 1970s
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Photographs, Music, O-Y, circa 1970s
10
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Photographs, Nigeria and Nigerian Officials, circa 1970s
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Photographs, Personalities, 1970s
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Photographs, Popular Dress, 1970s
10
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Photographs, Theater, circa 1970s
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Photographs, Visual Artists, A-C, circa 1970s
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Photographs, Visual Artists, D-J, circa 1970s
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Photographs, Visual Artists, K-P, circa 1970s
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Photographs, Visual Artists, R, circa 1970s
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Photographs, Visual Artists, S-Y, circa 1970s
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Oversized Certificates from Box 7, Folder 32, 1975-1997
14
7.4: Organization of Black American Culture, circa 1967-1987, 1997
0.2 Linear feet
Box 10
The Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC) records compiled by Donaldson include administrative documentation on the formation of the group and the planning for its famous public artwork The Wall of Respect. Included are planning documents, press materials, and two photographs, including one of The Wall of Respect.
Description Container
General Records, circa 1967-1970s
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General Records, circa 1967-1970s
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General Records, 1967-1979
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Printed Material, 1967-1987
10
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Printed Material , 1997
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Photographs, circa 1967
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7.5: Other Committees and Conferences, circa 1973-2005
0.4 Linear feet
Box 11
Records of Donaldson's participation in other professional committees and conferences include planning documents, correspondence, photographs, draft writings for the events, and event publications. Researchers should note that files regarding his role as guest editor for an issue of the International Review of African American Art coincided with his curatorship of the TransAfrican Art Invitational Exhibition in 1997 (Series 6.1) and documentation on these activities may be found in both sets of records.
Description Container
Conference, "Africa 95", 1995
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1
First World Commemorative Issue Committee, 1981-1984
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2
Fundraiser for New Hebrides Islands, 1976
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3
Guest Editor, International Review of African American Art, circa 1973-1997
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4
Guest Editor, International Review of African American Art, 1997
Includes 1 3.5 inch floppy disk
Handwritten note on original disk: "Dr. Lisa E. Farrington. Feminism and Black Power."
11
5
Guest Editor, International Review of African American Art, 1997-1998
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6
Kennedy Center "African Odyssey" Festival Advisory Conference, 1998-1999
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National Center of Afro-American Artists, 1997-2005
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Nominations for Sara Lee Frontrunner Awards, 1999
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Professional Activities, 1984-1986
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10
Symposium, University of Virgin Islands, 1999-2000
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11
Teacher's Workshop, National Museum of African Art, 2000
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12

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