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Richard J. Powell papers, 1971-1992

Powers, Preston, 1842 or 1843-1904

Collection Information

Size: 1 Linear foot

Summary: The Richard J. Powell papers date from 1971 through 1992 and mostly concern Powell's research and writings on painter William H. Johnson. Found is correspondence with curators, scholors, arts administrators, and U.S., Danish, and Scandinavian museums and associations. The papers also include two of Powell's illustrated research and travel journals from 1984 and 1985, printed materials concerning the exhibition Powell curated in 1991 at the National Museum of American Art Homecoming: William H. Johnson and Afro-America, 1938-1946, research files that contain photocopies of original Johnson archival documents from various research repositories, and photographs (copy prints) of Johnson and his artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard J. Powell is an African American art historian and educator in Durham, North Carolina. Powell curated the exhibition Homecoming: William H. Johnson and Afro-America, 1938-1946 , at the National Museum of American Art, 1991-1992.


Richard Powell collected this material while conducting research on William H. Johnson. He donated it to the Archives of American Art in July, 2000.

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Language Note

English .