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Richard J. Powell papers, 1971-1992

Richard J. Powell papers, 1971-1992

Powell, Richard J., 1953-

Curator, Art historian

Collection Information

Size: 1.0 linear ft.

Summary: Papers of art historian and curator Richard (Rick) Powell, ca. 1971-1992, mostly concerning Powell's research and writings on William H. Johnson (1901-1970). Found is Powell's correspondence with Robert Baehr, Sigrid Bondo, Adelyn Breeskin, David C. Driskell, Michel Fabre, Robert Ferris Thompson, óystein Hjort, Margo Humphrey, Gregers Krake, Richard A. Long, Torben LundbÁk, Virginia Mecklenburg, Jostein Nerb?vik, Mette N?rredam, James Parker, Jules D. Prown, Kjetil Tandstad, Judith Wilson, Debbie Wood, and Danish and Scandinavian museums and associations. There are also two illustrated research/travel journals containing Powell's comments on Johnson's works of art, related thoughts, slide lists, notes from his lectures at the Sorbonne in Paris, and other experiences dating from July 14 to November 28, 1984 and January 1 to June 20, 1985; two wall calendars, 1984-1985, noting appointments and exhibition openings; a notebook, loose notes and other writings; postcards, research files that contain photocopies of printed material and other primary documents about Johnson including clippings from foreign newspapers with translations; printed materials concerning the exhibition, "Homecoming: William H. Johnson and Afro-America, 1938-1946" curated by Powell at the National Museum of American Art, 1991-1992; photographs (copy prints, contact prints, and negatives) of Johnson and his artwork; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art historian, curator; Washington, D.C. (National Museum of American Art).

Provenance

Donated 2000 by Richard J. Powell.

A Finding Aid to the Richard J. Powell Papers,
1971-1992
, in the Archives of American Art
AAA.powerich
Finding aid prepared by Barbara Aikens
Scope and Content Note
Papers, 1980-1992, mostly concerning art historian Richard Powell's research and writings on painter William H. Johnson (1901-1970). Found is Powell's correspondence with Robert Baehr, Sigrid Bondo, Adelyn Breeskin, David C. Driskell, Michel Fabre, Robert Ferris Thompson, ?ystein Hjort, Margo Humphrey, Gregers Krake, Richard A. Long, Torben Lundbæk, Virginia Mecklenburg, Jostein Nerbøvik, Mette Nørredam, James Parker, Jules D. Prown, Kjetil Tandstad, Judith Wilson, Debbie Wood, and Danish and Scandinavian museums and associations. There are also two illustrated research/travel journals containing Powell's comments on Johnson's works of art, related thoughts, slide lists, notes from his lectures at the Sorbonne in Paris, and other experiences dating from July 14 to November 28, 1984, and January 1 to June 20, 1985; two wall calendars, 1984-1985, noting appointments and exhibition openings; a notebook, loose notes and other writings; postcards, reseach files that contain photocopies of printed material and other primary documents about Johnson including clippings from foreign newspapers with translations; printed material concerning the exhibition
Homecoming: William H. Johnson and Afro-America, 1938-1946
, curated by Powell at the National Museum of American Art, 1991-1992; photographs (copy prints, contact prints, and negatives) of Johnson and his artwork; and miscellany.
Biographical Note
Art historian, 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.
Arrangement
Series 1: Research and Project Correspondence, 1981-1991(Box 1; 19 folders)
Series 2: Travel and Research Journals and Notes, 1984-1985, 1991, undated (Box 1; 5 folders)
Series 3: Printed Material, 1971-1992, undated (Box 1; 9 folders)
Series 4: Research Files, undated (Box 1; 10 folders)
Series 5: Photographs and Negatives, undated (Box 1; 4 folders)
Provenance
Donated 2000 by Richard J. Powell.
Processing Information
A volunteer completed preliminary processing of the collection in 2002. In 2004, Barbara Aikens completed minimal arrangement and organization of the papers and a finding aid.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Richard J. Powell papers, 1971-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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