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Sam Brown [videorecording] / [produced by] the National Archives ; interviewer, Shawn Aubitz, 1985

Brown, Samuel Joseph, 1907-1994



Collection Information

Size: 1 Videocassette, videocassette (120 min), sd., col., 1/2 in.

Summary: An interview with painter Samuel Brown conducted by Shawn Aubitz of the National Archives, for an exhibition on the Work Projects Administration in Philadelphia. Brown discusses his work on the WPA; materials and techniques; some of his paintings, including "The Scrubwoman," and "The Lynching"; sharing a studio with Dox Thrash; and a visit from Eleanor Roosevelt.

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel Joseph Brown (1907-1994) was an African American painter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is thought to be the first African American artist hired by the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) and later worked for the Works Projects Administration (WPA) in Philadelphia as both a painter and a printmaker.


Donated 1990 by Samuel J. Brown, through the National Archives, as part of AAA's Philadelphia Art Documentation Project.

Language Note

English .

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Sam Brown [videorecording] / [produced by] the National Archives ; interviewer, Shawn Aubitz, 1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.