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William Christopher papers, circa 1920s-circa 1973

Christopher, William R. (William Rodolphus), 1924-1973


Collection Information

Size: 8.2 linear feet

Summary: The William Christopher papers measure 8.2 linear feet and date from circa 1920s to circa 1973. Materials include biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, five diaries, subject/project files, printed materials, photographs, numerous sketches and eleven sketchbooks, and five film reels. The subject/project files include correspondence, printed materials, and two additional diaries about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Christopher was a painter, art instructor, and Civil Rights activist living and working in New York, New Hampshire, and Vermont.


William Christopher donated his papers to the Archives of American Art in 1972.


Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fun.