Scope and Contents
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Microfilmed in 1988 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. Lent for microfilming by Mrs. Morris Blackburn.
Existence and 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.