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John Brantley Wilder papers, 1937-circa 1979

Wilder, John Brantley, 1909?-1990

Painter, Journalist, Activist

Collection Information

Size: 1.5 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter, journalist, and civil rights activist John Brantley Wilder measure 1.5 linear feet and date from 1937 to circa 1979. The papers include correspondence; clippings; invoices; photographs; reproductions of some of Wilder's pen and ink sketches; as well as a scrapbook, which includes clippings, photographs, and printed material. Also included in the collection is a diorama representing a Sioux family.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Brantley Wilder (1909?-1990) was a painter, journalist, and civil rights activist. He worked for the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (later the Work Projects Administration, WPA) through the early 1940s and worked for the Philadelphia Tribune in a variety of capacities from the 1960s to the 1970s, including producing pen and ink sketches for Negro History Week, circa 1961. In addition to his art and journalism work, in the late 1940s Wilder led a campaign urging Hollywood to expand the portrayal of African Americans in film beyond maids and servants.


The papers were donated by John Brantley Wilder in 1979.

Language Note

The collection is in English.


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