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Sam Gilliam papers, 1957-1989

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged as 9 series.

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Series 1:Biographical Material, 1958-1988
0.8 linear feet
Box 1

Biographical material includes resumes, passports, exhibition lists, artist statements and essays by and about Gilliam, interview transcripts, and audiovisual material. The audiovisual material includes recordings of a group interview conducted by Dorothy Gilliam with artists Bob Field, Rockne Krebs, Gene Davis, Walter Hopps, and Sam Gilliam concerning the Washington Gallery of Modern Art in Washington, D.C. Also included are audio recordings of Portrait with Sam Gilliam, circa 1978, from the WBOE-FM radio series Black Art in America, and sound recordings of conversations between Gilliam and artists Benny Andrews and Rockne Krebs.
DescriptionContainer
List of Exhibitions, 1963-1976
1
1
Resumes, 1985-1988
1
2
Passports, 1968-1983
1
3
Writing on Gilliam, 1960-1979
1
4-8
Notes on Resumes, circa 1958-1982
1
9
Resumes, 1978-1980
1
10
List of Exhibitions, 1977-1984
1
11
Lists of Exhibitions and Film Strips, circa 1985
1
12
Sam & Rockne Interview Recording, 1965
1 sound tape reel
1
13
Interviews Conducted by Dorothy Gilliam Concerning Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Recordings, 1968
3 sound tape reels
Dorothy Gilliam interviews Walter Hopps, Bob Field, Gene Davis, and Sam Gilliam related to workshop program at Washington Gallery of Modern Art. Doug M refers to Doug Michels, later of Ant Farm fame, who conducted community architecture workshops. Also included is an interview with Rockne Krebs.
1
14
Hanging Loose with Sam Gilliam, Interview Transcript, circa 1972
1
15
Sam Gilliam in Conversation with Benny Andrews, Recording, 1974
1 sound cassette
1
16
Sam Gilliam in Residence, Recordings, 1980
1 videocassette (u-matic)
Shot list included in case
1 videocassette (vhs)
1
17
Portraits in Black, Interview Transcript, 1982
1
18
Portraits in Black, Recording, 1982
1 videocassette (u-matic)
1 videocassette (vhs)
WETA program #107 Portraits in Black: Sam Gilliam
1
19
Black Art in America Radio Series — Portrait of Sam Gilliam Episode, Recording and Transcript, circa 1978
1 sound tape reel
Includes interview questions.
1
20
Voices in the Wind, Interview Transcript, undated
1
21
Custody Statement by Dorothy Gilliam, 1982
1
22

Series 2:Correspondence, 1965-1989
0.6 linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Correspondence includes letters to and from museums such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem, and galleries including the Carl Solway Gallery, Middendorf/Lane Gallery, Fendrick Gallery, Hamilton Gallery, and Robert L. Kidd & Associates. Also present is correspondence with collector Donald A. Brown, artists David Driskell, Stephen Frietch, Keith Morrison, and Martin Puryear, as well as letters from friends, family, students, and fans.
DescriptionContainer
Letters, 1965-1973
1
23
Letters, 1968-1981
1
24
Letters, 1970-1987
1
25
Letters, 1974
1
26
Letters, 1976
1
27
Letters, January 1977-August 1977
1
28
Letters, September 1977-December 1977
1
29
Letters, January 1978-March 1978
1
30
Letters, April 1978-December 1978
1
31
Letters, January 1979-June 1979
1
32
Letters, August 1979-December 1979
1
33
Letters, 1974-1983
1
34
Letters, January 1980-April 1980
1
35
Letters, May 1980-August 1980
1
36
Letters, September 1980-December 1980
1
37
Letters, January 1981-February 1981
1
38
Letters, March 1981-May 1981
1
39
Letters, June 1981-September 1981
1
40
Letters, October 1981-December 1981
1
41
Letters, January 1982-February 1982
1
42
Letters, March 1982-April 1982
1
43
Letters, May 1982-July 1982
1
44
Letters, August 1982-September 1982
1
45
Letters, October 1982
2
1
Letters, November 1982
2
2
Letters, December 1982
2
3
Letters, circa 1982, 1983
2
4
Letters, January 1983
2
5-6
Letters, February 1983
2
7
Letters, March 1983
2
8
Letters, April 1983
2
9
Letters, May 1983
2
10
Letters, June 1983
2
11
Letters, July 1983-August 1983
2
12
Letters, September 1983
2
13
Letters, October 1983
2
14
Letters, November 1983
2
15
Letters & Photo Slides, December 1983
2
16-17
Letters, 1984
2
18
Letters, 1985
2
19
Letters, January 1986-April 1986
2
20
Letters, May 1986-December 1986
2
21
Letters, 1987-1989
2
22

Series 3:Writings, 1962-1988
0.4 linear feet
Box 2

Writings include essays, statements, and articles including Afro-American Abstraction and Alternatives for Black Artists. A speech given by Gilliam entitled The Transformation of Nature through Nature, texts connected to the Coalition of Washington Artists and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and work from former students of Gilliam are found here along with thirteen folders of personal notes, written by Gilliam.
DescriptionContainer
Afro-American Abstraction, 1971, 1980
2
23
Alternatives for Black Artists, 1980-1981
2
24
American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters, undated
2
25
Art in Washington, 1984
2
26
Coalition of Washington Artists, 1986
2
27
India, 1968-1971
2
28
New Sculpture, Yuriko Yamaguchi, 1979-1982
2
29
Poems, undated
2
30
Statements on Art, 1962-1967, 1979-1982
2
31
Statement by Sam Gilliam, undated
2
32
Assorted, The Transformation of Nature through Nature Speech by Sam Gilliam, 1979, 1985, 1987-1988
2
33
University of Maryland Master's Thesis, 1979
2
34
Vice-President Mondale on Sam Gilliam Prints for his Private Residence, 1977
2
35
Washington D.C. Convention Center Commission, 1984
2
36
Assorted, 1973-1976
2
37
Assorted, 1973, 1977-1979, 1982
2
38
Notes, undated
2
39
Notes, undated
2
40
Notes, Workshop, undated
2
41
Notes, 1979-1988
2
42
Notes, 1979, 1982-1986
2
43
Notes, circa 1971
2
44
Notes, 1974, 1980
2
45
Notes, circa 1986
2
46
Notes, circa 1975
2
47
Notes, 1978, 1982
2
48
Notes, 1982
2
49
Notes, 1973
2
50
Notes, 1969, 1973, 1977-1978
2
51

Series 4:Business Records, 1957-1986
1 linear foot
Boxes 2-3

Business records primarily include daily records of activities kept by Sam and Dorothy Gilliam's secretary, Debby, from 1973 to 1978. In addition to these documents are resumes for a studio assistant for Gilliam, certificates of originality, legal documents, travel itineraries, documents related to Gilliam's service in the US Army, receipts and invoices, a record of paintings donated, in-transit, and on-loan; financial records, ledgers, contracts, and records and paperwork connected to the Gilliam's company Enterprise 101, as well as miscellany.
DescriptionContainer
Ledgers, 1974
2
52-54
Ledgers, 1975
2
55-57
Ledgers, 1976
2
58-60
Taxes, 1967
2
61
Taxes, 1969
2
62
Trusts for Family, 1975-1977
2
63
Trusts for Family, 1978-1980
2
64
Taxes, 1976
2
65-67
Taxes, 1977
2
68-69
Taxes, 1978
2
70
Taxes, 1978
3
1
Taxes, 1979
3
2-4
Taxes, 1980
3
5-10
Taxes, 1981
3
11
Taxes, undated
3
12
Taxes, Notes for Rita, 1975-1978
3
13
US Army, 1957, 1977
3
14
Paintings in Transit and On Loan, 1970-1980
3
15
Receipt Book, 1980-1982
3
16
Times Square Subway Complex, 1986
3
17
Donated Paintings, 1979
3
18
Employee Hours, 1971, 1974
3
19
Irving Newman, 1979-1980
3
20
Certificates of Originality, 1966, 1977-1983
3
21-23
Assorted, 1979, 1981, 1988, 1981, 1988
3
24-25
Receipts and Invoices, 1978-1985
3
26
Receipts and Invoices, 1966-1972
3
27
Receipts and Invoices, 1973-1977
3
28
Receipts and Invoices, 1978-1980
3
29
Receipts and Invoices, 1981
3
30-32
Receipts and Invoices, 1982-1983
3
33
Receipts and Invoices, 1984-1989
3
34
Contacts, undated, 1973
3
35
Contacts, 1975
3
36
Contracts, 1976
3
37
Contracts , 1978-1981
3
38
Contracts, 1982-1986
3
39
Assorted, 1971-1986
3
40-41
Debby's Daily Records, October 1973-December 1973
3
42
Debby's Daily Records, January 8, 1974-February 26, 1974
3
43
Debby's Daily Records, 1976
3
44
Debby's Daily Records, March 1974-May 1974
3
45
Debby's Daily Records, June 1974-December 1974
3
46
Debby's Daily Records, 1975-1976
3
47
Debby's Daily Records, 1977
3
48
Debby's Daily Records, 1978
3
49
Instructions for Replacement Secretary Job, 1974-1975
3
50
Itineraries, 1979-1980
3
51
Legal Services for the Arts, 1981
3
52
Museum Consultants International, undated
3
53
Other People's Resumes, 1973-1975, 1983, 1983
3
54-58
Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, 1979-1980
3
59
Washington New Art Association, 1985
3
60
Washington New Art Association, 1986
3
61
Assorted, 1972, 1975
3
62
Enterprise 101, 1981-1982
3
63
Enterprise 101, 1980-1981
3
64
Enterprise 101, 1980-1983
3
65
Enterprise 101, 1981
3
66
Enterprise 101, 1980
3
67

Series 5:Printed Material, 1962-1987
1 linear foot
Boxes 3-4

Printed materials include photocopies, exhibition announcements, magazines, and newspaper clippings regarding museum openings, personal profiles on Gilliam and Dorothy Gilliam, materials related to Gilliam serving on the jury for the National Council on the Arts fellowship, his public art commissions, specific artworks such as Autumn Surf, his appearance at the Venice Biennale, receipt of the Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, as well as exhibition press for Gilliam and other African-American artists including Lou Stovall.
DescriptionContainer
Clippings, 1966-1968
3
68
Clippings, 1969-1974
3
69
Assorted, undated
3
70
Assorted, 1970-1974
3
71
Clippings, 1975-1977
3
72
Clippings, 1978-1979
3
73
Clippings, 1980-1984
3
74
Photocopies, 1980-1984
4
1-2
Photocopies, 1968-1969
4
3
Photocopies, 1975-1978
4
4
Photocopies, 1979
4
5
Photocopies, 1980
4
6
Photocopies, circa 1980
4
7
Photocopies, 1981
4
8
Photocopies, 1982
4
9
Photocopies, 1983
4
10
Photocopies, 1984-1986
4
11
Exhibition Announcements, undated
4
12
Exhibition Announcements, 1973, undated
4
13
Exhibition Announcements, 1963-1974
4
14
Exhibition Announcements, 1975-1976
4
15
Exhibition Announcements, 1977-1978
4
16
Exhibition Announcements, 1979-1980
4
17
Exhibition Announcements, 1981-1983
4
18
Exhibition Announcements, 1984-1986
4
19
Exhibition Announcements, 1987
4
20
Assorted, 1976-1978, undated
4
21
Assorted, undated
4
22
Assorted, 1978-1983
4
23-24
Assorted, 1962, 1970, 1975-1977
4
25
Assorted, 1977
4
26-27
Assorted, 1978-1979
4
28
Assorted, 1980-1982
4
29
Assorted, 1981
4
30
Assorted, 1983
4
31
Assorted, 1984-1986
4
32
Magazines, undated
4
33-34
Magazines, 1970
4
35-36
Magazines, 1972
4
37
Magazines, 1974
4
38
Magazines, 1981
4
39

Series 6:Subject Files, 1963-1988
2.2 linear feet
Boxes 4-7

The subject files series includes background information for a variety of projects including Gilliam's Art-in-Architecture commission for the Atlanta Airport, a work called Sculpture with a "D", created for the Davis subway station in Cambridge Massachusetts, and a Philadelphia Museum of Art commission. Also included are a complete collection of artist's protestations and correspondence regarding a controversial 1979 exhibition at Artists Space, and files concerning Gilliam's exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Fendrick Gallery, Art Park, The Brooklyn Museum, Brandywine Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Galerie Darthea Speyer. Additional files include insight into Gilliam's process of art supply research and purchasing, with materials from purveyors such as Golden, Philip Fibers, and Rohm Hass. Documents related to Gilliam's years of teaching, and records from his own education and acceptance of his Honorary Doctorate degrees are also included.
DescriptionContainer
Art-in-Architecture Atlanta Commission, Blueprints, circa 1978
4
40
Art-in-Architecture Atlanta Commission, Writings, 1979
4
41
Art-in-Architecture Atlanta Commission, Letters, 1978-1979
4
42
Art-in-Architecture Atlanta Commission, Printed Material, 1978-1980
4
43
Art-in-Architecture Atlanta Commission, Business Records, 1979
4
44
Art in Embassy, Letters and Printed Material, 1974-1980
5
1
Art in Embassy, Printed Material, 1967
5
2
Arts on the Line, Letters, 1980-1983
5
3
Arts on the Line, Business Records, 1980-1983
5
4-5
Art Park, Letters and Business Records, 1977
5
6
Art Park, Printed Material, 1974-1977
5
7-8
Art Park, Writings and Photographic Material, 1977
5
9
Art Park, Writings, 1975, 1977
5
10
Art Space, 1979
5
11-12
The Artists' Foundation, Letters, 1981
5
13
The Artists' Foundation, Writings and Printed Material, 1981
5
14
Atlanta Airport Commission, Letters and Business Records, 1980
5
15
Atlanta Airport Commission, Writings and Printed Material, 1980
5
16
Marion Barry, Letters and Printed Material, 1978
5
17
Marion Barry, Writings, 1986
5
18
Barry Richard Gallery, 1982
5
19
Brandywine, Letters, 1978-1983
5
20
Brandywine, Writings, 1977-1983
5
21
Brandywine, Writings, Business Materials, and Printed Material, 1978, 1981
5
22
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Writings, 1977
5
23
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Letters, 1977
5
24
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Printed Material, 1977
5
25-26
Cambridge Subway Commission, Letters, 1980
5
27
Cambridge Subway Commission, Business Records, 1980
5
28-29
Cambridge Subway Commission, Writings, 1980
5
30-31
Cambridge Subway Commission, Printed Material, 1967-1968
5
32-34
Cambridge Subway Commission, Blueprints, 1979
5
35
Corcoran, Writings, 1969-1972
5
36-37
Corcoran, Letters and Business Records, 1968-1981
5
38
Corcoran, Clippings, 1968-1972
5
39
Corcoran, Printed Material, 1969, 1980
5
40
Corcoran, 10+10+10 Show, 1982-1983
5
41
Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Letters and Business Material, 1977-1978
5
42
Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Writings and Printed Material, 1977-1978
5
43
Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, Printed Material, 1978-1979
5
44
Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, Letters, 1979-1980
5
45
Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, Writings, 1978
5
46
Dade County Commission, Writings and Photographic Material, circa 1977
5
47
Dade County Commission, Letters, 1978-1983
5
48
Dade County Commission, Printed Material, 1977-1978
5
49
Dakar Senegal, Photographs, 1982
5
50-51
Dakar, Senegal, Writings, 1982
5
52
Dakar, Senegal, Letters, 1982
5
53
Detroit Hospital Commission, Printed Material and Business Records, 1980
5
54
Detroit Hospital Commission, Letters, 1979-1980
5
55
Fabric Workshop, 1977
5
56
Fendrick Gallery, Floor Plans, 1975
5
57
Fendrick Gallery, Letters and Business Records, 1965-1978
5
58
Fendrick Gallery, Letters, 1979-1983
5
59
Fendrick Gallery, Printed Material, 1975-1977
5
60
Fendrick Gallery, Printed Material, 1978-1980
5
61
Galerie Darthea Speyer, Letters, 1970-1972
5
62
Galerie Darthea Speyer, Letters, 1973
5
63
Galerie Darthea Speyer, Letters, 1974-1978
5
64
Galerie Darthea Speyer, Letters, 1979-1983
5
65
Galerie Darthea Speyer, Business Records, 1973-1979
5
66
Galerie Darthea Speyer, Printed Material, 1978, 1982-1983
5
67
General Services Administration and Art-in-Architecture, 1976, 1978, 1980
5
68
Guggenheim Foundation, Letters, 1971-1982
5
69
Guggenheim Foundation, Writings, AV Material, and Printed Material, 1971-1983
1 sound cassette
Includes sound cassette, correspondence, writings, and printed material.
Recording of Sam Gilliam recommending Valerie Hollister for a Guggenheim Fellowship
5
70
Illinois Art Council, 1980-1981
6
1
International Sculpture Center, Letters, 1979
6
2
International Sculpture Center, Writings, 1979
6
3-6
JB Speed Art Museum, 1974-1976
6
7
Nexus Gallery, 1981-1982
6
8
NJ State Commission, 1980
6
9
New Arts Examiner, Printed Material, 1983-1985
6
10
Nyagoma's Gallery, Letters and Writings, 1981-1982
6
11
New Arts Examiner, Writings, 1984-1985
6
12
Nyagoma's Gallery, Printed Material, 1978-1982
6
13
Ohio Arts Council, 1980-1981
6
14
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Photographs, 1966
6
15
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Letters and Business Records, 1974-1975
6
16
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Writings and Printed Material, 1975
6
17
Phoenix Gallery, 1973-1974
6
18
Pyramid Prints, The Print Club, and Intro to Papermaking at the Pennsylvania State University, 1972-1982
6
19
Records of Gilliam Prints, Inventory and Appraisal of Gilliam Home Artworks, 1972-1974
6
20
Harry Robinson, Writings and Printed Material, 1974, 1978-1979
6
21
Melvin R. Smith, 1986
6
22
San Francisco Commission, Letters, 1981
6
23
San Francisco Commission, Business Records, 1981-1982
6
24
San Francisco Commission, Printed Material, 1979
6
25
San Francisco Commission, circa 1980
6
26
12th International Sculpture Conference, 1982
6
27
Stratford Harbour, VA Vacation Community, 1977, 1981
6
28
Studio Assistant Applications, 1976
6
29-32
Studio Museum of Harlem, 1982-1983
6
33
Golden, Printed Material, 1977
6
34
Philip Fibers, Printed Material, 1975, 1977
6
35
Rohm Haas, Printed Material, 1975-1983
6
36-38
Textile, Paper, and Specialty Dye Sourcing, Arlington Woodworking and Lumber Co., Printed Material, 1975-1978
6
40
Utrecht Artist Material Sourcing, Printed Material, 1976, 1978-1981
6
41
Radial-Arm Saws, Printed Material, 1966, 1977
6
42
Colored Canvas Samples; Fabric Dye, Treated Canvas, and Drill Sourcing, Printed Material, 1963, 1974-1979
6
43
Steven's Point, 1979-1980
6
44
Times Square, 1986-1988
6
45
Trenton Justice Complex, Letters and Writings, 1981-1982
6
46
Trenton Justice Complex, Business Records, 1981-1983
6
47
Harry Ulman, 1977-1980
6
48
University of Louisville Honorary Doctorate, Photos, 1980
6
49-50
University of Louisville Honorary Doctorate, Letters, 1980
6
51
University of Louisville Honorary Doctorate, 1980
6
52
University of Louisville Honorary Doctorate, Printed Material, 1980
6
53
University of Maryland, Letters, 1978-1981
6
54
University of Maryland, Writings, 1979-1980
6
55
University of Massachusetts, Letters, 1977-1978
6
56
University of Massachusetts, Writings and Business Records, 1977-1978
6
57
University of Massachusetts, Printed Material, 1976-1978
6
58
University of Massachusetts, Photos, 1988
6
59
University of Wisconsin, 1981
6
60
Vermillion Editions Ltd, 1979
6
61
Veterans Administration, 1975-1977, 1979, 1981
6
62
Washington Project for the Arts, Letters, 1983-1986
7
1
Washington Project for the Arts, Business Records, 1983
7
2
Washington Project for the Arts, Writings, 1982-1984
7
3
Washington Project for the Arts, Writings, Artwork, and Photographic Material, circa 1982
7
4
Wadsworth Atheneum, Letters, 1972-1974
7
5
Wadsworth Antheneum, Writings, undated
7
6
Wadsworth Antheneum, Printed Material, 1974
7
7
Washington University in St. Louis, Printed Material and Photographic Material, 1980-1982
7
8
Washington University in St. Louis, Floor Plans and Business Records, 1981
7
9
Washington University in St. Louis, Letters, 1980-1981
7
10

Series 7:Scrapbook, 1958-1968
0.2 linear feet
Box 7

This disbound scrapbook contains photographs, collages, notes, free-form sketches, and printed material related to Gilliam's life and work.
DescriptionContainer
Scrapbook, 1958-1968
7
11-18

Series 8:Artwork, 1970-1980
0.4 linear feet
Boxes 7-9

The artwork series includes sketches, personal notes, and small preparatory drawings by Gilliam in pencil and colored pencil, as well as small-scale paintings. Short writings by Gilliam of personal reflection and about his artistic process are interspersed throughout.
DescriptionContainer
Artwork, undated
7
19
Artwork, undated
7
20
Artwork, undated
7
21
Artwork, undated
8
1
Artwork, undated
8
2
Artwork, undated
8
3
Artwork, undated
8
4
Cartoons for the Los Angeles African-American Museum, undated
8
5
Sketchbook 1, 1973-1976, 1980
9
1
Sketchbook 2, 1970-1972
9
2
Sketchbook 3, 1970-1971, 1974
9
3
Sketches, undated
9
4

Series 9:Photographic Material, 1960-1985
0.3 linear feet
Boxes 8-9

Photographic materials include photographs, slides, and transparencies of Gilliam's artwork, personal studio, exhibition preparation, and exhibition spaces, including preparation photographs for Gilliam's installation on the exterior of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There are formal portraits of Gilliam, a portrait of Gilliam and one of his daughters, and candid photographs of Gilliam at work in his studio. Also included are records of student artwork and photos and slides of artwork sent to Gilliam by art students and aspiring artists.
DescriptionContainer
Negatives and Transparencies of Artworks, undated
8
6
Personal Photographs, undated
8
7
Artworks, 1969, 1983-1985
8
8
Artwork Slides, 1970-1979
8
9
Autumn Surf photography by Paul Hoffman, 1973, 1977
8
10
Exhibition Photographs, 1982
8
11
Exhibition Photographs and Contact Sheets, 1981
8
12
Exhibition Images, Phoenix Gallery, undated
8
13
Student Artwork, undated
8
14
J.K. Waddams& Photocopies, circa 1970
8
15
Glen Michaels Sculptures, Photo Slides, 1982-1983
8
16
Glen Michaels Sculptures, Photo Slides, 1983
8
17
The Last Gangster Multi-Media Student Project, 1978
8
18
Assorted, 1984-1985
8
19
Portraits of Sam Gilliam, In-Studio Slides and Prints, circa 1972
9
5

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
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