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Morris Blackburn papers, 1926-1986

Blackburn, Morris, 1902-1979

Muralist, Art teacher, Painter, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: 4.5 Linear feet, (on 8 microfilm reels)

Summary: Journals, letters, writings, business records, a scrapbook, printed material, and photographs. Thirty-seven journals, 1927, 1942-1979, containing daily entries on teaching, exhibitions, work in progress, artists and the Philadelphia art scene; letters concerning exhibitions and sales, including 30 from Franklin Watkins, and 15 from Louis Rist; writings; a file on Blackburn's involvement with the Public Works of Art Project includes contracts, letters, clippings, and photographs; notebooks and registers documenting prints, contain title, date, size, edition number, exhibition record, experiments with materials, and lists of paintings sent to exhibition; clippings, exhibition catalogs and a scrapbook of clippings; and photographs of Blackburn, his art, installations, and his associates.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, mural painter, instructor; Philadelphia, Pa. Taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and other schools.


Microfilmed in 1988 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. Lent for microfilming by Mrs. Morris Blackburn.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to the lender, Mrs. Morris Blackburn, after microfilming. They were donated to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2000.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 4159-4166 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan and at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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

Morris Blackburn papers, 1926-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.