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Marcia M. Mathews papers relating to Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1937-1969, bulk bulk, 1963-1969

Mathews, Marcia M.

Author, Art historian


Collection Information

Size: 54 Items (on 2 partial microfilm reels)

Summary: Primarily correspondence preceding Mathew's book HENRY O. TANNER, AMERICAN ARTIST (1969), and related printed material.
REEL 64: 26 letters, January 21, 1966 through March 5, 1968, to Mathews from Jesse O. Tanner, son of Henry Ossawa Tanner, conveying information about his father and particular art works. In addition, a letter from Edith D. [Mrs. William] Glackens, August 7, 1937, to Charles C. Tough, Jesse O. Tanner's uncle, advising with regard to Tough's plans of selling Henry O. Tanner's paintings. Also included is a biographical questionnaire completed by Henry O. Tanner for the Art League Publishing Company.
REEL 3268: 23 letters to Mathews regarding her book and exhibitions of Tanner's work; and printed material, 1968-1969. Correspondents include Jesse O. Tanner, Erwin S. Barrie, Romare H. Bearden, George Biddle, Mrs. Samuel M. Bryant, Benjamin Mays, James A. Porter, and Warren Robbins.

Biographical/Historical Note

Writer and art historian; Durham, N.C.; Henry Ossawa Tanner was an expatriate Afro-American painter of religious themes living in Paris, France. His son Jesse O. Tanner is evidently a scientist; Maritime, France.


Donated 1969 and 1976 by Marcia Mathews.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 64 and 3268 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Marcia M. Mathews papers relating to Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1937-1969, bulk bulk, 1963-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.