Perkins, Marion/Perkins Family papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1938–2003

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

Partially processed. 4 linear feet of material including Marion Perkins’ writings, photographs and articles about his work. Also included are plays, poetry and interviews by Perkins’s son Useni Perkins, a poet and essayist who was a leader in the Black Arts Movement.

Biographical Historical Note

Born in Arkansas, Marion Perkins was an acclaimed sculptor who spent his career in Chicago.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Fern Gayden papers, Chicago Public Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection.