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Paul F. Keene papers, [ca. 1940]-1987

Keene, Paul F., 1920-2009

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 1.0 linear ft. (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Letters, printed material, scrapbook, photographs regarding Keene's schooling at Tyler, his years in Paris, the Whitney scholarship, and his exhibition history. Eight letters, including correspondence about Keene's application for the Whitney Fellowship, Mr. Whitney's purchase of a painting, and a letter from Humbert Howard regarding an award and exhibition of Keene's paintings at the Pyramid Club; two painting inventories; four diplomas; a scrapbook containing photographs of Keene as a student, in Paris, and of his exhibition in Haiti; a letter from the Whtiney regarding an exhibition; portraits of Keene; and some printed matter; loose photographs of Keene's paintings, his family, Tyler students, Keene and fellow artists in front of Bob Rosenwald's Gallery Eight (Huit) in Paris, Keene's apartment, friends in Paris and Haiti, and teaching at Philadelphia College of art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, art instructor; Philadelphia, Pa. African American artist Paul Keene received a John J. Whitney fellowship to study and teach in Haiti, 1952-1954. He also taught at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia College of Art, and Bucks County Community College. Keene died in 2009.


Microfilmed in 1988 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project.

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to the lender, Paul Keene, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reel 4234 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

Paul F. Keene papers, [ca. 1940]-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.