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John Thomas Biggers art works, 1940-1967

Biggers, John Thomas, 1924-2001

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 1 Microfilm reel

Summary: This microfilm collection consists of sketches, drawings, and five prints by African American artist John Thomas Biggers and date from 1940 to 1967. It includes studies for Dying Soldier, Preacher Mural, Web of Life, and other murals, as well as a family portrait dated 1948.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Thomas Biggers (1924-2001) was an African American painter, muralist, and educator in Houston, Texas. He founded the art department at Texas Southern University in 1949, serving as director until 1983. Biggers also wrote Ananse: the Web of Life in Africa , published in 1962.


Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project. Lent for microfilming 1981 by Dr. John Thomas Biggers.

Related Materials

The Emory University Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library holds the John Biggers papers, 1950-2001

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to Dr. John Biggers after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 3027 available for use through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

John Thomas Biggers art works, 1940-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.