Richard Durham papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1939–1999

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

Original donation: 14 archival boxes, 12 linear feet; Addendum: 91 compact discs; five archival boxes, 6 linear feet of material consisting mostly of manuscripts and primarily includes scripts written for Durham’s radio series Destination Freedom and his TV series Bird of the Iron Feather series, as well as other radio programs and book projects. The collection also contains clippings, correspondence, photographs and serials. A handwritten note from artist Jacob Lawrence from 1949 provides biographical information and a list of Lawrence’s achievements. The collection also includes the script for a 1947 radio program on artist Charles Dawson.

Biographical Historical Note

Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) was a painter and educator in Seattle, Wash. and New York, N.Y. Charles C. Dawson was a curator, painter, sculptor, illustrator, designer, and engraver active in Chicago, Ill.

Additional Notes

Related collection for Charles C. Dawson: The Illinois Writers Project: “Negro in Illinois” Papers, Chicago Public Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection. Charles C. Dawson papers, 1910-1980, are held in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight papers, 1945-1995, Jacob Lawrence papers [microfilm], 1937-1992, and transcripts and/or audio recordings of 3 oral history interviews of Lawrence are held in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.