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Ronald Joseph sketchbooks, circa 1951-1972, bulk 1951-1952

Joseph, Ronald, 1910-1992



Collection Information

Size: 1 Microfilm reel

Summary: This microfilm collection consists of two of African American abstract painter Ronald Joseph's sketchbooks. One sketchbook is dated 1951-1952. The other contains a dated collage from 1972, but the bulk of the work probably dates from the 1950s.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ronald Joseph (1910-1922) is an St. Kitts-born African American abstract painter. He moved to New York City around 1920-1921 and participated in the Works Progress Administration mural project and the Harlem Artists Guild. He received a Rosenwald Fellowship and studied art in Peru for two years, then studied in Paris under the G.I. Bill. Joseph moved to Brussels, Belgium in 1956, where he continued his artistic career.


Sketchbooks were lent by Ronald Joseph through art historian Ann Gibson in 1990.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to Ann Gibson after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 4392 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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

Ronald Joseph sketchbooks, circa 1951-1972, bulk 1951-1952. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.