Claude A. Barnett papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1918–1967 (bulk 1928–1963)
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

180 linear ft., 2 oversize folders, 1 microfilm reel, and 1 box (index to the collection) of material consisting of correspondence, clippings, reports, minutes, speeches, and financial records of Claude Albert Barnett, the director of the Associated Negro Press (ANP), and news releases of the ANP (1928–1964) and of the World News Service (1961–1963). Most of the collection has been microfilmed (see finding aid for details). Box 287 contains correspondence and copies of correspondence with and about African American artists including Charles Dawson, Charles Embree, Isaac Hathaway, Robert Pious, Tony Hill [ceramicist], Calvin Bailey, Edwin Harleston, and curator Alonzo Aden; a letter from Malcolm S. MacLean, Hampton Institute, to Etta Moten Barnett regarding a Fine Arts Festival (1941); catalogue for exhibitions Art of the American Negro, Tanner Art Galleries, Chicago (1940), the Barnett Aden Gallery, Washington, D.C. (undated), and a Henry Jackson Lewis exhibition, South Side Community Art Center (1945); and clippings, biographical data, vita, notes, and press releases relating to artists Norman Lewis,  Isaac Hathaway,  Horace Pippin, Richmond Barthé, E. Simms Campbell, Hughie Lee-Smith, Elizabeth Catlett, Mrs. C. Rosenberg Foster, Eldzier Cortor, William Edmondson, and Gordon Parks.

Biographical Historical Note

Claude A. Barnett was a Chicago African American entrepreneur and founder of the Associated Negro Press.

Additional Notes

Related collections: The Illinois Writers Project “Negro in Illinois” Papers, Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection; Archives of the South Side Community Art Center, South Side Community Art Center; George Cleveland Hall Branch Archives, Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division.