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William H. Johnson papers, 1922-1972, bulk 1926-1956

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1922-1967
(Box 1, 3; 0.2 linear feet)

Scattered biographical material about William H. Johnson and his wife Holcha Krake include several biographical sketches and chronologies of Johnson's life and one biographical sketch of Holcha Krake. Also found is their marriage certificate, eight National Academy of Design award certificates for Johnson's artwork, lists of his artwork, scattered receipts, and addresses written on slips of paper. Also found here is the guestbook for Johnson's show at the Alma Reed Gallery in 1941.
There are eight letters filed in this series, including a letter verifying Johnson was a student at the National Academy of Design, one letter to Johnson from Langston Hughes, two letters from the Barnett Aden Gallery regarding the sale of his work, a letter from the American Minister in Stockholm, a fan letter, a letter to Holcha Krake (in Norwegian) from a friend, and a draft of a letter from Johnson to Mr. Woodruff regarding the sale of a painting. Also found are three postcards sent to Johnson and Krake. Additional letters are found in one of Johnson's scrapbooks.
Item are arranged chronologically within each folder. This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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William H. Johnson Biographies and Chronologies, circa 1939, 1956
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1
Biography of Holcha Krake Johnson, after 1943
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2
Marriage Certificate, 1930
1
3
National Academy of Design Award Certificates, 1922-1926
1
4
Lists of Artwork, 1946, 1967
1
5
Alma Reed Gallery Guestbook, 1941
(See also Box 3 for oversized items)
1
6
Receipts, circa 1940s, 1941, 1942
1
7
Addresses, circa 1920s-1940s
1
8
Letters, 1922-1946
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9
Postcards, 1929, 1926, 1940
1
10
Alma Reed Gallery Guestbook, 1941
(Oversized items scanned with Box 1, Folder 6)
3

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