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Reginald Gammon papers, 1927-2007, bulk 1960-2005

Reginald Gammon papers, 1927-2007, bulk 1960-2005

Gammon, Reginald A. (Reginald Adolphus), 1921-2005

Painter, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 2.4 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Reginald A. Gammon (1921-2005) was a painter and art educator, working in New York City, Michigan, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gammon was a founding member of Spiral, an African American artist's collective and member of the New Mexico Afro-American Artist Guild. Gammon also taught in the New York public schools and at Western Michigan University.


The collection was donated in 2007 and 2008 by Janice Gammon, Gammon's widow.

Scope and Contents

The Reginald Gammon papers measure 2.4 linear feet and date from 1927 to 2007 (bulk 1960-2005). The papers contain biographical material, personal and professional correspondence, writings and artwork by Gammon, printed material, and photographs regarding Gammon's career as a painter, educator, and prominent member of the African American art scene.

A small selection of biographic information about Gammon includes certificates, military documentation, and interviews. Approximately half of the collection consists of correspondence with other artists, museums, galleries and arts organizations. Correspondence documents his work with a number of African American arts organizations across the country. Of note is correspondence with Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Vivian Browne, Thomas Frey, Joseph Greenberg, Patrick King, Hughie Lee-Smith, Harry Overton, and Jonathan Wynberg. Writings by Gammon including personal and lecture notes as well as project drafts. Printed materials consist primarily of exhibition catalogs. Artwork includes pencil and ink sketches, advertisement mock-ups, collages, and paintings. Photographs depict Gammon at school, in the Navy, with other artists friends, and in his studio.

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