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Guide to the Richard Powell Papers, 1960-2011

Abstract

Richard J. Powell is the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University, where he has taught since 1989.

The Richard Powell Papers date from 1960 to 2011 and document Powell's career as a prominent scholar of African and Afro-American art and as professor of art history at Duke University. Materials originate from Powell's student years, travels, research, and work at various cultural institutions, including Duke University, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the Washington Project for the Arts. There is extensive material on Powell's books, exhibitions, and other professional activities.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Powell, Richard.
Title
Richard Powell papers 1960-2011
Language of Material
English
Extent
40.0 Linear Feet, 30,000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Richard J. Powell Papers document Powell's career as a prominent scholar of African and Afro-American art. Materials in the collection date from 1960 to 2011, with the bulk being from 1975 to 2011, and document most aspects of Powell's career, beginning with his student years and including his travels, research, and work at several major cultural institutions, including Duke University, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the Washington Project for the Arts.

The Name Files Series contains Powell's incoming and outgoing correspondence with well-known artists, such as Adrian Piper, Martin Puryear, and Carrie Mae Weems, as well as curators, professors, and other professionals with whom Powell collaborated on exhibitions, books, and other projects. The series also contains personal letters and postcards.

The Subjects Series includes texts, newspaper articles, exhibition publicity, and notes on a range of subjects including major art museums and galleries, publications, courses taught at Duke University, and diverse research topics including the Kongo and Jazz, among others. Many of the subject files also contain Powell's notes and correspondence.

The Books Series contains materials pertaining to the research, writing, and publication of Richard J. Powell's various books: Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture of 2008; Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson of 1991 along with a related exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art; and Black Art & Culture in the 20th Century of 1997.

The Reference Images Series comprises Powell's reference photographs, photocopies, and other reproductions of works of art.

The Exhibitions Series includes information on exhibitions curated by Powell, including Back to Black: Art, Cinema, and the Racial Imaginary (2005), To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (1999), Circle Dance: The Art of John T. Scott (2005), Barkley L. Hendricks materials (2000-2008), Rhapsodies in Black (1995-1997), The Blues Aesthetic (1996-1998) and Conjuring Bearden (2004-2006).

The Donyale Luna Project Series contains Powell's research on African-American 1960s supermodel Donyale Luna, to whose life and portraiture he dedicated a chapter in his 2008 book, Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture.

The Printed Materials Series contains flyers, booklets, postcards, pamphlets, posters, periodicals, and catalogues from a variety of American and international museums and art galleries.

The Personal and Early Papers Series documents Powell's childhood, collegiate and graduate education, as well as his early years as a member of the Duke University faculty.

The Articles and Lectures by Powell Series comprises articles, graduate research papers from Yale and Howard Universities, and lectures.

The Photographs Series contains images of Powell and others arranged into subsections: Professional, Personal, Portraits, and Artists, Writers, Curators, etc. Among these photographs are images of Powell with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jesse Jackson, and Spike Lee.

The Works of Art Series includes art made by Richard J. Powell and others, and are mostly prints. The Art Subseries is organized by artist.

Finally, the Audio Series contains cassette tapes documenting interviews with artists, such as Jacob Lawrence and Martin Puryear, and events at the National Center for the Humanities and the Museum of Modern Art.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research. Audiovisual materials in Box 58 are CLOSED until use copies can be made.

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Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

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Contents of the Collection

This series contains correspondence and related material, such as photographs, slides, negatives, transparencies, exhibition materials, articles, newspapers, cards, and notes, which Powell filed by individual name, usually the correspondent, but sometimes the subject. Powell exchanged letters and cards with many notable twentieth-century artists, including Adrian Piper, Martin Puryear, Carrie Mae Weems, and E.H. Sorrells-Adewale, as well as a variety of prominent professors and curators at such places as the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Yale University. These materials, dating from approximately 1980 to 2009, relate to Powell's work on publications, exhibitions, professional development and appointments, as well as his personal friendships and connections. The series includes research notes and plans for exhibitions on the art of Romare Bearden and William H. Johnson, among others, and preparatory work for Dr. Powell's books Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture and Black Art: A Cultural History, topics which are also documented extensively in other parts of the collection.

The materials in the Name Files Series are organized alphabetically by correspondent's last name.

Abele, Julian
Box 1
Abrams, Cliff
Box 1
Adams, John Henry
Box 1
Allen, William Duncan
Box 1
Alston, Peg
Box 1
Alvarez, Candida
Box 1
Amos, Emma
Box 1
Anderson, T.J.
Box 1
Andrews, Penny
Box 1
Archer, John R.
Box 1
Archer-Straw, Petrine
Box 1
Austin, Ramona
Box 1
Ayon, Belkis
Box 2
Baartman, Sartje
Box 2
Baily, David A.
Box 2
Banjo, Casper
Box 2
Barboza, Anthony
Box 2
Barnes, Ernie
Box 2
Basquiat, Jean-Michel
Box 2
Beard, Derrick
Box 2
Bearden, Romare
Box 2
Bell, Roseann Pope
Box 2
Bettelhelm, Judith
Box 2
Bey, Dawoud
Box 2
Biggers, John
Box 3
Billops, Camille
Box 3
Birch, Willie
Box 3
Blier, Suzanne
Box 3
Blythe, David Gilmour
Box 3
Boghassian, Skunder
Box 3
Bondo, Sigrid
Box 3
Booker, Chakaia
Box 3
Boone, Sylvia
Box 3
Bowens, Kabuya
Box 3
Bowling, Frank
Box 3
Bowser, David B.
Box 3
Boyce, Sonia
Box 3
Breeskin, Adelyn
Box 3
Brown, David
Box 3
Brown, Frederick
Box 3
Brown, Henry
Box 3
Brown, James
Box 3
Brown, J. Carter
Box 3
Brown, Joseph A.
Box 3
Brown, Rae Linda
Box 3
Buchanan, Beverly
Box 3
Bundles, A'Lelia
Box 3
Burke, Selma
Box 3
Burkett, Randal
Box 3
Burns, Ronald
Box 3
Burroughs, Margaret
Box 3
Burrows, Stephen
Box 3
Butcher, Ras Ishi
Box 3
Byrd, Rudolph
Box 3
Byrne, E. Blake
Box 3
Calfritz, Peggy Cooper
Box 4
Calo, Mary Ann
Box 4
Camp, Sokari Douglas
Box 4
Carter, Charlotte
Box 4
Carter, Nanette
Box 4
Catlett, Elizabeth
Box 4
Cazzaniga, Luigi
Box 4
Chandler, Dana
Box 4
Chicago, Judy
Box 4
Chong, Albert
Box 4
Chung, Y. David
Box 4
Clark, Ed
Box 4
Clonney, James G.
Box 4
Coe, Sue
Box 4
Coleman, Ornette
Box 4
Concholar, Dan
Box 4
Conwill, Houston
Box 4
Cooper, William Arthur
Box 4
Cornaille, Roger
Box 4
Cortez, Diego
Box 4
Cortor, Eldzier
Box 4
Cowans, Adger
Box 4
Cox, Renee
Box 4
Crite, Allan Rohan
Box 4
Crooper, Elizabeth
Box 4
Cruz, Emilio
Box 4
Cozier, Christopher
Box 4
Cummings, Michael
Box 4
Cuno, James
Box 4
Dalton, Karen
Box 4
Davis, Angela
Box 4
Davis, Ulysses
Box 4
Dawson, Daniel
Box 4
Day, F. Holland
Box 4
Day, Thomas
Box 4
Debela, Archameleh
Box 4
DeCarava, Roy
Box 5
Delaney, Beauford
Box 5
Delsarte, Louis
Box 5
Denney, Alice
Box 5
DePillars, Murray
Box 5
DiLucci, Mario
Box 5
DJ Spooky
Box 5
Donaldson, Jeff
Box 5
Douglass, Frederick
Box 5
Douglas, Stan
Box 5
Douglas, Aaron
Box 5
Dowd, Jerome
Box 5
Dowell, John E.
Box 5
Driskell, David
Box 5
Dunham, Katherine
Box 5
Dunkley, Tina
Box 6
Duval-Carrié, Edouard
Box 6
Eakins, Thomas
Box 6
Early, Gerald
Box 6
Eco, Umberto
Box 6
Egonu, Uzo
Box 6
Ellison, Ralph
Box 6
Evans-Tibbs Gallery
Box 6
Fabio, Cheryl
Box 6
Fabre, Michel
Box 6
Fenn, Lil
Box 6
Ferguson, Gerard
Box 6
Ferrer, Rafael
Box 6
Finley, Cheryl
Box 6
Fitzpatrick, Sandy & Jim
Box 6
Fleming, Sherman
Box 6
Frank, Robert
Box 6
Franklin, John Hope
Box 6
Freeman, James E.
Box 6
Freeman, Roland
Box 6
Gaither, Edmund Barry
Box 6
Galembo, Phyllis
Box 6
Garrido-Saavedra, Maria
Box 6
Gates, Henry Louis (Skip)
Box 6
Gayles, Gloria
Box 6
Gentry, Herbert
Box 6
Germina, Halle
Box 6
Gilliam, Sam
Box 6
Girand, Camille
Box 6
Glamann, Kirsten
Box 6
Gomez, Edward
Box 6
Gonde, Jean-Paul
Box 6
Graham, John
Box 6
Grama, Teresa
Box 6
Gray, Ted
Box 7
Greaves, Stanley
Box 7
Green, Renée
Box 7
Gregory, Joy
Box 7
Griffith, Francis
Box 7
Guerrila Girls
Box 7
Hachman, Aden
Box 7
Hagedorn, Jessica
Box 7
Hammons, David
Box 7
Hampton, James
Box 7
Haraway, Donna
Box 7
Hardy, Jeremiah
Box 7
Harleston, Edwin A.
Box 7
Harper, Ves
Box 7
Harris, Lyle
Box 7
Harris, Michael
Box 7
Harris, Thomas Allen
Box 7
Thomas-Harrington, Ollie
Box 7
Hayden, Palmer
Box 7
Henderson, Mae
Box 7
Hendricks, Barkley
Box 7
Herriman, George
Box 7
Herskavites, Melville
Box 7
Hines, Felrath
Box 7
Homes, Jacqui
Box 7
Homer, Winslow
Box 7
Hooks, Bell
Box 7
Hooks, Earl
Box 7
Honeywood, Varnette
Box 7
Hughes, Langston
Box 7
Humphrey, Margo
Box 8
Hunt, Richard
Box 8
Hunter, Clementine
Box 8
Harston, Zora Neale
Box 8
Mr. Imagination
Box 8
Jackson, David Earl
Box 8
Jackson, Homer
Box 8
Jackson, Harlan
Box 8
Jackson, Rev. Joseph Harrison
Box 8
Jackson, Michael
Box 8
Jackson, Samuel L.
Box 8
Jackson-Jarvis, Martha
Box 8
Janniot, Alfred
Box 8
Jantjes, Gavin
Box 8
Jarrell, Wadsworth
Box 8
Jeffries, Roz
Box 8
Jenkins, Ella
Box 8
Johnson, James Weldon
Box 8
Johnson, Joshua
Box 8
Johnson, Robert
Box 8
Johnson, Sargent
Box 8
Johnston, Frances Benjamin
Box 8
Jones, Ben
Box 8
Jones, Bill T.
Box 8
Jones, Gary
Box 8
Jones, Grace
Box 8
Jones, John
Box 9
Jones, Kellie
Box 9
Jones, Lois Mailou
Box 9
Jones, Patricia
Box 9
Jones, Phillip Mallory
Box 9
Jones, Stephen
Box 9
Kamala, Madame
Box 9
Kennedy, Joe
Box 9
Khalil, Mohammed
Box 9
King, Susan
Box 9
Koons, Jeff
Box 9
Kutzinski, Vera
Box 9
LaChapelle, David
Box 9
Lam, Wilfredo
Box 9
Lawrence, Jacob
Box 9
Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara
Box 9
Lee, Glover
Box 9
Lee, Spike
Box 9
Lewis, Edmonia
Box 10
Lewis, Norman
Box 10
Ligon, Glenn
Box 10
Liking, Werewere
Box 10
Lindsay, Vachel
Box 10
Logan, Juan
Box 10
Long, Bert
Box 10
Long, Richard A.
Box 10
Lorde, Audre
Box 10
Lovell, Whitfield
Box 10
Loving, Al
Box 10
Lyons, John
Box 10
McGruder, Aaron
Box 10
McIver, Beverly
Box 10
McQueen, Steve
Box 10
Malcolm X
Box 10
Marshall, Kerry James
Box 10
Matthews, Nancy
Box 10
Medici, Guilia de
Box 10
Mercer, Kobena
Box 10
Miller, Angela
Box 10
Miller, E. Ethelbert
Box 10
Mills, Lev
Box 10
Miner, Leigh Richmond
Box 10
Mingo, George
Box 10
Moja, Januwa
Box 11
Money Man
Box 11
Moody, Ronald
Box 11
Moore, John L.
Box 11
Moore, Philip
Box 11
Naylor, Gloria
Box 11
Motley, Archie
Box 11
Mount, William Sidney
Box 11
Naylor, Gloria
Box 11
Neal, Isobel
Box 11
Nengudi, Senga
Box 11
Ofili, Chris
Box 11
O'Grady, Lorraine
Box 11
Onobrakpeya, Bruce
Box 11
Outtara
Box 11
Panzer, Mary
Box 11
Parker, Jim
Box 11
Parkerson, Michelle
Box 11
Payne, Leslie
Box 11
Pendergraft, Norman
Box 11
Perjovschi, Dan &Lia
Box 11
Phillips, Basil
Box 11
Phillips, James
Box 11
Phokela, Johannes
Box 11
Picton, John
Box 11
Pindell, Howardena
Box 11
Piper, Adrian
Box 11
Piper, Keith
Box 12
Pippen, Horace
Box 12
Polk, P.H.
Box 12
Pollard, Ingrid
Box 12
Porter, Connie
Box 12
Powers, Harriet
Box 12
Prigoff, James
Box 12
Prown, Jules D.
Box 12
Purvis, Robert
Box 12
Puryear, Martin
Box 12
Ramos-Blanco, Teodoro
Box 12
Rampersad, Arnold
Box 12
Rand, Archie
Box 12
Ray, Man
Box 12
Reid, Calvin
Box 12
Reid, Vernon
Box 12
Reynolds, Jock
Box 12
Riggs, Marlon
Box 12
Riggs, Robert
Box 12
Ringgold, Faith
Box 12
Rivers, Bill
Box 12
Robinson, John
Box 12
Robinson, Jontyle
Box 12
Rogers, Paul
Box 12
Rooy, Felix de
Box 12
Rosenberg, Harold
Box 12
Saar, Alison
Box 12
Saar, Betye
Box 12
Saar, Lezley
Box 12
Samba, Cheri
Box 12
Saunders, Raymond
Box 12
Savain, Petion
Box 12
Scott, Joyce J.
Box 12
Scott, William Edouard
Box 12
Sebree, Charles
Box 12
Sekoto, Gerard
Box 13
Sekula, Allan
Box 13
Seman, Jim &Mary
Box 13
Shockley, Ann Allen
Box 13
Shonibare, Yinka
Box 13
Simmons, Gary
Box 13
Sims, Lowery
Box 13
Simpson, Coreen
Box 13
Smalls, James
Box 13
Smith, Terence
Box 13
Smith, Vincent
Box 13
Smith, Mieke
Box 13
Snowden, Sylvia
Box 13
Sonis, Dick &Nancy
Box 13
Sorrells-Adewale, E.H.
Box 13
Soyinka, Wole
Box 13
Stallybrass, Peter & Allon White
Box 13
Steinbaum, Bernice
Box 13
Stern, Irma
Box 13
Stewart, Charles
Box 13
Stewart, Frank
Box 13
Stone III, Charles S.
Box 13
Stone-Miller, Rebecca
Box 13
Stout, Renée
Box 13
Sulter, Maud
Box 13
Talia, Halima
Box 13
Tam, Joseph
Box 13
Tanner, Henry Ossawa
Box 14
Tate, Greg
Box 14
Taylor, Prentiss
Box 14
Telemaque, Hervé
Box 14
Thomas, Alma
Box 14
Thomas, Clarence
Box 14
Thompson, Bob
Box 14
Thompson, Phyllis
Box 14
Thompson, Robert Farris
Box 14
Thurlow Jr., Evans Tibbs
Box 14
Toussaint, Pierre
Box 14
Traylor, Bill
Box 14
Truth, Sojourner
Box 14
Tucker, Mark
Box 14
Tuggar, Fatimah
Box 14
Turner, Patricia
Box 14
Turner, Steve
Box 14
Van Vechten, Carl
Box 14
Vann, Barry
Box 14
Walker, Alice
Box 14
Walker, Ken
Box 14
Walker, Kara
Box 14
Watson, Osmond
Box 15
Webb, Clifton
Box 15
Webb, Frank
Box 15
Weems, Carrie Mae
Box 15
Wells, James L.
Box 15
White, Charles
Box 15
Whitten, Jack
Box 15
Williams, Bert
Box 15
Williams, Kenny Jackson
Box 15
Williams, Paul
Box 15
Williams, William T.
Box 15
Williamson, Sue
Box 15
Willis, Deborah
Box 15
Wilson, Fred
Box 16
Wilson, Gloria
Box 16
Wilson, Judith
Box 16
Woo, John
Box 16
Wood, Debbie
Box 16
Wood, James
Box 16
Wood, Thomas Waterman
Box 16
Woodruff, Hale
Box 16
Wright, Beryl
Box 16
Wright, Richard
Box 16
Xu, Bing
Box 16
Yearwood, Gladstone
Box 16
Yoakum, Joseph
Box 16
Zuschlag, Nancy
Box 16

The series includes texts, newspaper articles, exhibition publicity, notes, and letters dating from approximately 1977 to 2010, which Powell maintained by topic or, in the case of cultural institutions, organizational name. The series includes correspondence with museums, such as the Smithsonian African-American Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Addison Gallery of American Art, as well as numerous art galleries in New York and London. There are also materials regarding Powell's publications in the Art Bulletin, his work on various exhibitions, research trips to Barbados, and printed texts that Powell used in his Duke classes, many of which he annotated.

These materials are arranged alphabetically by subject or organizational name.

Abstraction
Box 16
Addison Gallery of American Art
Box 16
African Art
Box 16
African-American Art Bibliography
Box 16
African &Afro-American Studies at Duke
Box 16
American Architecture
Box 16
Art Bulletin
Box 17
Autograph, London
Box 17
B.E.T., Inc.
Box 17
Barbados Project
Box 17
Black Atlantic Notes
Box 17
Black Ecuador
Box 17
Black Feminism
Box 17
Black Male
Box 17
Black Music
Box 17
Black Orpheus
Box 17
Black Photography
Box 17
Blues
Box 17
Chicago Historical Society
Box 17
Civil Rights
Box 17
Contemporary African Art
Box 17
Dance
Box 17
Detroit Institute of Art
Box 17
Drums
Box 17
Duke Architecture
Box 17
Ejagham
Box 17
Encyclopedia of African American Art
Box 17
Fang
Box 17
Folk Art
Box 18
FON
Box 18
Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
Box 18
From the Potomac to the Anacostia: Art &Ideology…
Box 18
Godfather
Box 18
Hampton University
Box 18
Hands
Box 18
Harlem Renaissance
Box 18
Harvard Museums
Box 18
Hayward Gallery
Box 18
Hottentott Venus
Box 18
Humanities West
Box 18
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Box 18
Igbo
Box 18
Institute of International Visual Arts, London
Box 18
Insiders &Outsiders
Box 18
Jamaica, Spring 1995
Box 18
Jazz
Box 18
Jazz Study Group, Columbia University
Box 18
Jenne
Box 18
Johannesburg Biennale
Box 18
Just Above Midtown Gallery
Box 18
Kenkeleba Gallery
Box 18
Kongo
Box 18
Liberia, West Africa
Box 18
Ludwig Foundation, Cuba
Box 18
Lynching in Art
Box 18
Masks/Masquerade
Box 18
Mende
Box 18
Morehouse College
Box 19
Music Theory
Box 19
Multi-Culturalism
Box 19
Muse Gallery
Box 19
Narcissus
Box 19
New Orleans Museum of Art
Box 19
"Nigger Drawings"
Box 19
Paris Conference: A Visual Arts Encounter: African-Americans &Europe
Box 19
Photography
Box 19
Portraiture Bibliography
Box 19
Princeton University
Box 19
Race &Rep.
Box 19
Rap-as-Art
Box 19
Rhino Records
Box 19
Rizzoli
Box 19
Sacks Fine Art Inc.
Box 19
Satre's Black Orpheus
Box 19
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Box 19
Second Line, New Orleans
Box 19
Slave Preferences in U.S.
Box 19
Slavery
Box 19
Smithsonian Institute: African American Museum
Box 19
Stereotype Imagery
Box 20
Studio Museum, Harlem
Box 20
Suriname
Box 20
Theory
Box 20
University of California Press
Box 20
Visual Memory Training
Box 20
Washington Project for the Arts
Box 20
Whitney Museum of American Art
Box 20
Yale Repertory Theater
Box 20

This series contains material used in the research, writing, and publication of Powell's books, particularly Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture(2008), Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson, and Black Art & Culture in the 20th Century (1997).

Material related to each publication is grouped together by the publication's title in a separate subseries.

The Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture subseries includes correspondence with various scholars and the publisher, University of Chicago Press; the author's preparatory notes; and research material, including fashion and lifestyle periodicals, scholarly texts, newspaper articles, publications, and images. Several versions of the manuscript are also included, and represent different stages of the editing process. Additional material from this book can be found in the Donyale Luna Project Series, as detailed below.

Folders are arranged according to the type of documents contained: research materials, publicity, manuscript copies, etc.

Publicity Materials

University of Chicago Press publicity materials and brief review in Duke Magazine

Box 20
Notes

Preparatory notes for manuscript

Box 20
Copyright Permission Information

Correspondence, declarations, and permissions for use of copyrighted images

Box 20
Research Materials: Texts

Texts, newspaper articles, and other printed reference materials.

Box 20
Research Materials: Images

Postcards, gallery publicity, xerox-ed images, photographs, and other reference materials.

Box 21
Correspondence: General

Correspondence related to research, writing, and publication of the book.

Box 21
Correspondence: University of California Press

Correspondence about contracts and editing with the book's publisher.

Box 21
Manuscript Copies

Copies of manuscript throughout various stages of editing, Illustration List

Box 21
Research Materials: Periodicals

Periodicals used for research (including Vogue, Ebony, Life, Queen, etc.)

Box 22
Research Materials: Periodicals

Periodicals used for research (including Vogue, Ebony, Life, Queen, etc.)

Box 23

The Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson subseries contains extensive material Powell created and compiled in the course of researching and writing about African American artist William H. Johnson for his doctoral dissertation, Fulbright fellowship in Denmark, book, and exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art. These materials include notebooks, a list of contacts in Scandinavia, and various printed texts pertaining to William H. Johnson written by Powell and other scholars. There is correspondence regarding a legal claim made by Johnson's family, publicity materials for the exhibition and numerous reviews in both American and Scandinavian newspapers and magazines, and extensive images. This latter group is further subdivided into two section organized by subject or theme. The first group contains images that chronicle the life of William H. Johnson, such as portraits, group images, and photographs at gallery openings, and the second section documents Johnson's artwork.

Folders are grouped broadly by type of material or subject. Photographs are organized by either life documentation or works of art.

Life Documentation: William H. Johnson (3x5 b/w photographs)

B/w photographs of the artist and his work

Box 24
Life Documentation: William H. Johnson (Group Photographs: 8x10 b/w)

B/w photographs of groups

Box 24
Life Documentation: William H. Johnson (Gallery Photographs: 8x10 b/w)

B/w photographs of the artist and his family in gallery spaces.

Box 24
Life Documentation: William H. Johnson (Photographs of the Artist: 8x10 b/w)

B/w photographs of the artist

Box 24
Life Documentation: William H. Johnson (Portrait Photographs: 8x10 b/w)

B/w portrait photographs

Box 24
Life Documentation: William H. Johnson (France & North Africa Photographs: 8x10 b/w)

B/w photographs of people and scenes in France and North Africa

Box 24
Life Documentation: William H. Johnson (Text Photographs: 8x10 b/w)

B/w photographs of text, plaques, and articles

Box 24
Life Documentation: William H. Johnson (Misc. Photographs: 8x10 b/w)

B/w photographs of various people and works of art

Box 24
Works of Art: William H. Johnson (Photographs: 3x5, color)

Color photographs of William H. Johnson's works of art

Box 24
Works of Art: William H. Johnson (Photographs, Music & Dancing: 8x10 b/w)

B/w photographs of works of art depicting music and dancing

Box 24
Works of Art: William H. Johnson (Photographs, Landscapes: 8x10 b/w and color)

B/w and color photographs of works of art depicting landscapes

Box 24
Works of Art: William H. Johnson (Photographs, Religious Works: 8x10 b/w)

B/w photographs of works of art with religious subjects

Box 24
Works of Art: William H. Johnson (Photographs, Misc. Works: 8x10 b/w)

B/w photographs of various works of art: still lifes, texts, etc.

Box 24
Works of Art: William H. Johnson (Photographs, Military Works: 8x10 b/w)

B/w photographs of works of art with military themes

Box 24
Works of Art: William H. Johnson (Photographs, Historical Works: 8x10 b/w)

B/w photographs of works of art with historical themes

Box 24
Works of Art: William H. Johnson (Photographs, Outdoor Scenes: 8x10 b/w)

B/w photographs of works featuring farmyard or outdoor scenes

Box 25
Works of Art: William H. Johnson (Photographs, People: 8x10 b/w)

B/w photographs of works featuring couples and groups

Box 25
Works of Art: William H. Johnson (Photographs, Portraits: 8x10 b/w and color)

B/w and color photographs of portraits

Box 25
Notebooks

Includes one notebook on contacts for the project throughout Europe and two with extensive handwritten notes

Box 42
Diggs Gallery

Information from an exhibition on Johnson

Box 43
WETA/National Endowment for the Arts

Includes application and correspondence

Box 43
Correspondence

Box 43
Newspaper Articles

Box 43
WHJ Lecture

Box 43
Notes

Research Notes

Box 43
Research Materials

Reproductions of documents pertaining to the life of William H. Johnson including medical forms, letters, etc. and other related artists

Box 43
Works of Art: William H. Johnson (Misc. Works)

Reproductions of works of art, b/w and color, various sizes

Box 43
Essays

Texts about William H. Johnson by Dr. Powell and others

Box 44
Legal Documents

Correspondence pertaining to a legal case about ownership of works by William H. Johnson

Box 44
Exhibition Publicity: Smithsonian NMAA

Box 44
Exhibition Publicity: Other Museums

Publicity for the exhibition at other institutions including the Florence Museum of Art, Science and History and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell, among others

Box 44
Exhibition Publicity: Newspapers

Includes various articles on the exhibition in English.

Box 44
Exhibition Publicity: Scandinavian Newspapers

Includes various articles on the exhibition in Scandinavian newspapers.

Box 44
Book Contract

Correspondence regarding to Dr. Powell's book contract for the project.

Box 44

This subseries contains research materials and correspondence relating to Powell's 1997 book, Black Art & Culture in the 20th Century. Materials include press releases and reviews of the book, publicity materials, such as a book signing, and extensive correspondence with the book's publisher, Thames & Hudson Limited, concerning the editing and publication of Black Art & Culture. There is also a limited amount of research notes and reference materials.

Folders are arranged by type of material.

Publicity Materials

Press Releases, Reviews, Articles on Dr. Powell's book

Box 26
Research Materials

Newspaper Articles, Texts, and other reference materials

Box 26
Correspondence

Correspondence with publisher Thames and Hudson Ltd.

Box 26
Research Notes & Permissions

Research notes and image copyright permission information

Box 26

This series includes reference images in a variety of formats, most commonly photographs, transparencies, prints, postcards, and photocopies.

The images are organized by size, medium, or subject.

Small Format (color)

Small size color reproductions of various works of art

Box 25
Small Format (b/w)

Small size b/w reproductions of various works of art

Box 25
Large Format, Paginated

Various works of art with annotations and page numbers attached

Box 25
African Art (Photographs)

B/w photographs of African works of art

Box 25
National Humanities Center Prints

Various works of art on plates produced by the National Humanities Center 2003 Summer Institute

Box 25
Photographs of Works on Paper

Photographs of various works of drawings, paintings, and prints

Box 25
Sculpture, Collage, & 3D Works (Photographs)

Photographs and reproductions of various three-dimensional works of art

Box 25
Reproductions of Photographs

Reproductions of various b/w photographs

Box 26
Advertisements & Images with Text

Various advertisements and printed images with accompanying text

Box 26
Postcards

Reproductions of various works of art

Box 29
Large Postcards

Reproductions of various works of art

Box 29
Large Format Reproductions

Reproductions of various works of art

Box 30
Postcard Book

"Los Angeles Murals by African-American Artists"

Box 30

The Exhibitions Series contains information on various museum exhibitions and catalogues on which Powell worked throughout his career. The files in this series include correspondence and reviews as well as research notes and, in many cases, extensive publicity materials such as pamphlets, press kits, and flyers.

The series is grouped into several subseries by exhibition title or subject.

Back to Black: Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary opened at London's Whitechapel Art Gallery in 2005. Dr. Powell participated as a curator and catalogue contributor. The materials in this subseries include notes, emails, and reference texts pertaining to the exhibition.

Correspondence & Research Materials

Emails, notes, texts concerning Back to Black: Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary exhibition at London's Whitechapel Art Gallery, 2005

Box 26

The 1999 exhibition To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities was shown at the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA. The materials include newspaper and magazine reviews, planning and organizational resources, and correspondence regarding the exhibition. There are also extensive publicity materials, including exhibition cards, a press kit, and press releases.

Correspondence

Correspondence relating to the exhibition To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Box 26
Reviews

Newspaper articles

Box 27
Planning Materials

Corporate and foundation letters of support, project description, information for internships, meetings, and the symposium

Box 27
Publicity Materials

Press kit, exhibition cards, press releases, and other materials publicizing the exhibition

Box 27

Includes materials related to the 2005 exhibition Circle Dance: The Art of John T. Scott at the New Orleans Museum of Art, for which Dr. Powell as both a curator and catalogue author. This subseries contains correspondence, including a letter on hand-made paper from John T. Scott, research materials, such as newspaper articles and image lists, and publicity information and a media kit from the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Correspondence

Emails and letters pertaining to the organization and planning of the exhibition

Box 27
Notes & Planning Materials

Image lists, John Scott's CV, research and planning notes

Box 27
Reference Materials

Internet and newspaper articles about John Scott and other related subjects, as well as slides. Includes a package of materials prepared by John Scott

Box 27
Publicity Materials

Press kit and news release for the exhibition

Box 27

Research materials related to Dr. Powell's work on artist Barkley L. Hendricks. Includes material related to the 2001 exhibition at the Connecticut College Lyman Allyn Museum of Art, for which Dr. Powell contributed a catalogue entry entitled "To Be Real" (in The Barkley L. Hendricks Experience) and the 2008 exhibition Barkley L. Hendricks/Birth of the Cool at the Duke University Nasher Museum of Art. Materials include correspondence with the artist, information about the artist's other shows, and Powell's research notes.

Correspondence

Letters and emails, including postcards and letters from the artist

Box 28
Research Materials & Notes

Artist's CV and biography, Dr. Powell's notes

Box 28
Exhibition Materials

Publicity cards for various Barkley L. Hendricks exhibitions

Box 28
Reviews

Newspaper and magazine articles reviewing various exhibitions by the artist

Box 28
Miscellaneous Clippings

Newspapers

Box 28

This subseries documents Powell's involvement in the 1997 exhibition Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance, shown at the Hayward Gallery of London, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Washington D.C.'s Corcoran Gallery of Art, among other venues. It includes extensive publicity materials for the exhibition, such as news releases, a press kit, and newspaper and magazine reviews. It also contains a selection of photographs documenting the opening and Powell's visit to London.

Reviews

Newspaper and magazine articles on the exhibition

Box 28
Publicity Materials

Press pack, exhibition flyers, news releases and gallery cards

Box 29
Photographs

Photographs of the exhibition's London opening

Box 29

This subseries contains documents related to the 1989 exhibition The Blues Aesthetic: Black Culture and Modernism, which shown was at Washington D.C.'s Washington Project for the Arts and other U.S. venues. Powell served as the curator for the exhibition and was extensively involved in the exhibition catalogue. In addition to the exhibition, he taught an undergraduate class at Duke University on the subject in Fall 1998, and planning and lecture materials for this course are included. This subseries contains newspaper clippings and articles concerning the controversial David Hammons work "How Ya Like Me Now?" which was erected and quickly destroyed during Dr. Powell's tenure as curator and acting co-director at W.P.A.

Research Materials & Notes

Exhibition project outline, slide lists, course materials

Box 29
Publicity Materials

Pamphlets, exhibition cards, and a full press kit for the exhibition

Box 29
Reviews

Includes reviews of the exhibition as well as newspaper articles concerning the David Hammons work "How Ya Like Me Now?"

Box 29

This subseries contains materials related to the development of the Nasher Museum's 2006 exhibition, Conjuring Bearden, which Powell curated with the assistance of students. The subseries includes an itinerary for the group's research trip to New York, publicity cards, pamphlets, and reviews of the exhibition.

Exhibition Proposal

Proposal for the Nasher exhibition, including research materials and NYC itinerary

Box 29
Exhibition Materials

Includes images, planning meeting notes, and budget

Box 29
Publicity Materials

Reviews and articles about the exhibition

Box 29

This series contains notes, documents, and other materials related to Powell's research on the African-American 1960s supermodel Donyale Luna, to whose life and portraiture Powell dedicated a chapter in his 2008 book, Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture. The materials include reproductions of Luna's passport applications, death certificates for both her and her father, social security information, and interviews with the model's friends and associates in Detroit, Italy, and France. An exhibition proposal for a show on Donyale Luna, including extensive high-quality photographs, and numerous newspaper articles discussing her life are also included.

Images

Photographs and reproductions

Box 28
Correspondence

Letters, emails, and faxes pertaining to Dr. Powell's research

Box 28
Research Materials: Articles

Newspaper and magazine articles about Donyale Luna

Box 28
Research Materials & Notes

Notes and extensive documents for Donyale Luna project including death certificates, interviews, passport photocopies, etc. as well as an exhibition proposal

Box 28

The Printed Materials series contains exhibition ephemera and catalogues from a variety of museums and galleries along with periodicals.

The series is divided into three subseries: Exhibitions, Periodicals, and Posters.

This subseries contains exhibition flyers, booklets, postcards, and pamphlets as well as some small catalogues from a variety of American and international museums and art galleries.

Documents are arranged alphabetically by the artist's last name (for solo exhibitions) or by exhibition title (for group show).

A-AD

Includes materials for Terry Adkins

Box 30
AF

Includes materials on African American art

Box 30
AG-AL

Includes materials on Candida Alvarez

Box 30
AM-AN

Includes materials on Benny Anderson

Box 31
AO-AR

Includes materials from the Art Collection Foundation

Box 31
AS-AU

Box 31
BA

Includes materials on Ernie Barnes

Box 31
BE

Includes materials on Romare Bearden

Box 31
BH-BI

Box 31
BL

Box 31
BO

Includes materials on Sonia Boyce

Box 31
BR

Includes materials on Frederick Brown

Box 31
BU

Includes materials on Ronald Burns

Box 31
CA

Includes materials on Elizabeth Catlett

Box 31
CE-CH

Includes materials on Dana Chandler and an exhibition flyer for "The Dinner Party" signed by Judy Chicago with a dedication to Dr. Powell

Box 31
CL

Includes materials on Edward Clark

Box 31
CO

Includes materials on Renee Cox

Box 59
CR

Box 59
DA

Box 59
DE

Box 59
DI-DO

Box 59
DR

Includes materials on David Driskell

Box 59
DU

Includes materials on Robert S. Duncanson

Box 59
EC-EM

Box 59
ET-EX

Box 59
FA

Box 33
FE-FI

Box 33
FO

Box 33
FR

Box 33
GA-GI

Includes materials on Sam Gilliam

Box 33
GO-GR

Box 33
HA-HE

Box 33
HI

Includes materials on Felrath Hines

Box 33
HO-HU

Includes materials on Richard Hunt

Box 33
IM-IR

Box 34
JA-JON

Includes materials on Ben Jones

Box 34
JOS-JOU

Box 34
K

Box 34
LA

Includes information on Jacob Lawrence

Box 34
LE

Box 34
LI

Includes information on Glenn Ligon

Box 34
LOG

Includes information on Juan Logan

Box 34
LOV-LY

Box 35
MA-MAR

Box 35
MAS-MC

Includes information on Beverly McIver

Box 35
ME-MI

Box 35
MO-MU

Box 35
N

Box 35
O

Box 35
PA

Box 35
PE-PH

Box 35
PI

Includes information on Adrian Piper

Box 36
PO

Box 36
PR-PU

Includes information on Vernon Pratt and Martin Puryear

Box 36
RA

Includes information on Archie Rand

Box 36
RE

Box 36
RI

Includes information on Faith Ringold

Box 36
RO

Box 36
SAA

Includes information on Betye Saar

Box 36
SAL-SAR

Box 37
SAU

Includes information on Raymond Saunders

Box 37
SC

Includes information on Addison Scurlock

Box 37
SE

Box 37
SH-SI

Box 37
SK-SM

Includes information on George Smith and Vincent Smith

Box 37
SO-SP

Box 37
ST

Box 37
SW-SY

Box 37
TE-TH

Includes information on Alma Thomas and Bob Thompson

Box 37
TO-TW

Box 37
U

Box 37
V

Box 37
WA

Box 37
WE-WH

Box 37
WI-WO

Box 37
Oversize A-M

Includes materials on Charles Alston, Dana, Chandler, Beauford Delaney, Mildred Howard, & "In the Spirit of Martin"

Box 60

This subseries contains various publications, newspapers, and periodicals such as Art Papers, Issue, Autograph, and Tamarind, among numerous others.

Contents are organized by title.

Oversize: A

Box 60
Oversize B-H

Box 60
Oversize R-W

Box 60
AF-AL

Includes Afro-American Art History Newsletter

Box 39
ART-ARTI

Includes Art and Artists and Artibus et Historiae

Box 39
ARTM-AU

Includes ArtRage and Autograph

Box 39
B

Includes Black American Literature Forum and Black Expression, among others

Box 39
D-F

Box 39
G-I

Includes Issue, among others

Box 39
J-M

Box 39
N-P

Box 39
R-S

Box 39
T-V

Box 40

The Posters subseries contains numerous posters for museum exhibitions, talks and lectures, and other miscellaneous people and events. Also includes a small amount of miscellaneous printed materials.

Museum Exhibitions

Box 50-51
Talks, Conferences, Lectures

Box 51
Miscellaneous

Box 51
Miscellaneous
Oversize Folder 1
Miscellaneous
Box 55
Posters: Museum Exhibitions

Box 55
Harper's Weekly Pages

Text and prints: January 3, 1874, August 12, 1876, and September 7, 1878

Box 55
The Art of Revolution: Castro's Cuba -1959-1970

Book by Dugald Stermer with an Introduction by Susan Sontag

Box 56
WPA Document: Celebrating More than a Decade

Washington Project for the Arts publication (1986)

Box 56
Miscellaneous Materials

Includes "Black Artists in America" publication, sheets of music "Boogie Woogies," and a commemorative bag from the 1986 U.S. Olympic Committee, among other items.

Box 56

This series contains documents pertaining to Powell's childhood, collegiate and graduate education, and early years as a member of the Duke University faculty. Materials include elementary school projects, various versions of Dr. Powell's C.V. and resume, an address book, and publicity materials related to his various lectures and exhibitions.

The series is divided into topical subsections including Elementary School, C.V.'s and Resumes, Morehouse, Yale, Duke, and Personal.

Elementary School

Includes awards and school papers

Box 40
C.V. and Resume Drafts with Notes

Includes various iterations of Dr. Powell's CV with annotations

Box 40
C.V. and Resume Drafts

Various iterations of Dr. Powell's CV from appx. 1985-Present

Box 40
Morehouse College and Yale

Includes Fulbright report, reunion photo and honors

Box 40
Interviews

1989 WPA Interview and 1991 African American Art History Publication Interview

Box 40
Duke University

Synopsis of scholarly activities and profile, applications for Rockefeller, Ford Foundation, and National Center for the Humanities

Box 40
Duke University Awards

Box 40
Lectures & Talks

Publicity for Dr. Powell's lectures and talks

Box 40
Events

Includes a menu for dinner at Bill and Melinda Gates and an invitation for dinner in Dr. Powell's honor at the National Gallery of Art

Box 40
Art Exhibitions

Publicity for exhibitions of Dr. Powell's artwork

Box 40
Correspondence

Misc. correspondence, including a letter from Dr. Powell to First Lady Michelle Obama

Box 40
Magazine & Newspaper Articles

Various articles chronicling Dr. Powell's career

Box 40
Miscellaneous Clippings

Box 40
Denmark

Includes ID, transportation tickets

Box 40
Notebooks

Includes book from printmaking workshop at Norfolk College

Box 41
Journals

Box 42
Address Book

Box 42
Unbound Rolodex Cards

Box 61

Contains materials related to various published articles, graduate research papers from Yale and Howard Universities, and lectures given by Powell. The documents included in this series are notes, research materials, handwritten and typed drafts, and published texts from throughout Powell's career. Also includes some publicity materials and correspondence pertaining to Powell's public lectures.

Folders are arranged by article/lecture title or by type of material.

Miscellaneous Drafts & Notes

Box 45
Correspondence

Box 45
The Black World in Literature for Children

Printed publication

Box 45
"African American Postmodernism and David Hammons"

Article

Box 45
"African and Afro-American Art: Call and Response"

Article

Box 45
"'In my Family of Primitiveness and Tradition' William H. Johnson's Jesus and the Three Marys"

Article

Box 45
"What Becomes a Legend Most?: Reflections on Romare Bearden"

Article

Box 45
"Art, History, and Vision"

Article

Box 45
"Artist and Community: Willie Birch-From Bertrandville to Brooklyn"

Article

Box 45
"Two Paintings by William H. Johnson"

Article

Box 45
"Talking with James Lesesne Wells"

Article

Box 45
"Trouble in the Ebony Tower"

Article

Box 45
"Winslow Homer, Afro-Americans, and the 'New Order of Things'"

Article

Box 45
"Current Expressions in Afro-American Printmaking"

Article

Box 45
Powell MA Thesis

Article

Box 45
"William H. Johnson and the Harmon Foundation: A Study in Afro-American Art Patronage"

Article

Box 45
"Black Folk Art in America, 1930-1980"

Article

Box 45
"The Art of Raymond Saunders: Colored"

Article

Box 45
"William H. Johnson's Minde Kerteminde"

Article

Box 45
"Margo Humphrey Interview"

Article

Box 45
"From the Potomac to the Anacostia"

Article

Box 45
"Shades of Grey in the Black Aesthetic"

Article

Box 45
"African Art at the Field Museum"

Article

Box 45
"On Printmaking"

Article

Box 45
"On Phillis Wheatley"

Article

Box 45
Powell Early Drafts

Article

Box 45
"Phoenix Ascending: The Art of James Lesesne Wells"

Article

Box 46
"From Renaissance to Realization: 1920-50"

Article

Box 46
"The Blues Aesthetic: Black Culture and Modernism"

Article

Box 46
"Cinque: Antislavery Portraiture & Patronage in Jacksonian America"

Article

Box 46
"Anasi Revisited: Keith Morrison's New Work"

Article

Box 46
"The Woodshed in Romare Bearden, American Modernist"

Article

Box 46
"Lenox's Theorem for Right Triangles (Morehouse College)"

Article

Box 46
"MFA Thesis, Howard University"

Article

Box 46
"Elizabeth Catlett and 'the Negro Woman': 1946-47"

Article

Box 46
"Richard Wright"

Article

Box 47
"Re/Birth of a Nation"

Article

Box 47
"Chi-Wara"

Article

Box 47
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship Final Report

Box 47
Powell PhD Dissertation: "William H. Johnson-Expressionist and Artist of the Blues Aesthetic, Vol. II-Images"

Box 47
"An Examination of Winslow Homer's The Carnival"

Paper

Box 47
"Surfaces: Andre, Segal, Serra, Smyth, Stuart"

Paper

Box 47
"An Examination of Thomas Eakin's Whistling for Plover"

Paper

Box 47
"Art History and Black Memory: Toward a 'Blues Aesthetic'"

Article

Box 47
"The Afro-American Printmaking Tradition"

Article

Box 47
"Through Myriad Eyes"

Article

Box 47
"The Art of Bruce Onobrakpeya"

Article

Box 47
"Power Symbols and the Aesthetic Ideal in Harlem Renaissance Representations of Black Women"

Article

Box 47
"Images and Identities: A Brief Introductory Note"

Article

Box 48
"Artist/Scholar Richard J. Powell Interview"

Box 48
"Impressions: Expressions-Black American Graphics"

Article

Box 48
"On Kerry James Marshall"

Lecture

Box 48
"The Woodshed"

Lecture

Box 48
"Hendricks Redux"

Lecture

Box 48
"The Promise of the War Years, 1940-46"

Lecture

Box 48
"Memory, Representations, and the Black '60s"

Lecture

Box 48
"Beauties Revisited"

Lecture

Box 48
"Art Views at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art"

Lecture

Box 48
"Art History and Black Memory: Toward a 'Blues Aesthetic'"

Lecture

Box 48
"Testifying from the Margins: David Gilmour Blythe's Justice"

Lecture

Box 48
"A Lynching, a Riot, and Bearing Witness: Two Paintings by William H. Johnson"

Lecture

Box 48
"The Impact of Studies of Afro-American Art and Culture"

Lecture

Box 48
"Jacob Lawrence"

Lecture

Box 48
"Musicians at an Exhibition: Miles and Marvin"

Lecture

Box 48
"Brown Narcissus"

Lecture

Box 48
"Exploitation/Exultation: a 20th c. Affair"

Lecture

Box 48
"Ethiopia Awakened, Harlem Sublimated: Aaron Douglas's Call to Modernism"

Lecture

Box 48
"Sojourner Truth and the Invention of Genteel Domesticity in her Photographic 'Self-Portraiture'"

Lecture

Box 48
"Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture"

Lecture

Box 48
"Bronzeville: A Work in Progress"

Lecture

Box 48
"Sartor Africanus"

Lecture

Box 48
"Luna Obscura"

Lecture

Box 48
"The Countenance and Complexion of Freedom"

Lecture

Box 48
"The Visual Arts and Afro-America, 1940-1980"

Lecture

Box 48
"Soulsville"

Lecture

Box 49
"Minstrelsy 'Uncorked': Thomas Eakins Emphatic Realism"

Lecture

Box 49
"The Promise of the War Years, 1940-46"

Lecture

Box 49
"Enter and Exit the 'New Negro'"

Lecture

Box 49

This series contains photographs of Powell. Contents include two folders of photographs from Powell's professional career, including gallery openings and workshops, containing images of him with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jesse Jackson, and Spike Lee. There are also portraits of Powell from approximately 1975 to 2011, along with photographs of artists, writers, curators, and other notable individuals. There are also snapshots from Powell's extensive travels.

Professional

Box 49
Powell Portraits

Box 49
Portraits of Artists, Curators, Writers, etc.

Box 49
Personal

Box 49

The Works of Art Series includes works on paper (prints, drawings, and watercolor sketches) by Powell and other artists. Some of the works are dedicated to Powell.

Doug Huston

"Tenure for Your Shoes" (1982)-Color Lithograph

Box 51
Dana Chandler

Includes offset lithographs: "White Amerika Chauvinist Male Fear Syndrom Series" (ca. 1970-71) and "Genocide Series" (ca. 1970-71)

Box 51
Margaret Burroughs

Includes offset lithographs: "In School Together" (1995), "Malcolm" (1995), "Jack Stones" (1995), "Mother and Child" (1995)

Box 51
Barbara Speight, Aden Hachman, and Joseph Blanchard

Includes Pencil Drawing of Richard J. Powell (1979), "Blue Series #4: Tired of Being Lonely, Tired of Being Blue" (1979-Linocut), and Untitled Haiti (ca. 1960s)

Box 51
Aden Hachman, Barbara Woitawyzk (sp?), and I. Cotright (sp?)

Includes aquatint: "Blues Series #2: The New Colorstruck Blues" (1978), Untitled Artist's Proof (1978), and color lithograph "Concrete Manual" (1981)

Box 51
Mark Pasquale, No Artist, and Nadya Brown

Includes lithograph: "Hello Neighbor!" (1981), silkscreen: "Untitled (Signs) (Undated), and color etching/aquatint: "Beside the Lake Beneath the Trees" (1981)

Box 51
Kabuya Pam Powens, Carol Law, and R. L. Martin

Includes etching: "Genesis" (ca. 1977), silkscreen: "Bedtime Boogie" (1982), and lithograph "Zero Through Seven" (1981)

Box 51
Hester Simpson, Vincent Smith, and Conrad Gleber

Includes lithograph: "Tender be Tough to Die" (1982), etching with surface-rolled color: Untitled (ca. 1980s), and lithograph: "Play it by Heart" (Undated)

Box 51
Michael Miller and Mark H. Montgomery

Includes etching/aquatint/soft-ground etching: Untitled (1981) and etching/aquatint: "Dressed Up: Betwixt and Between" (1976)

Box 52
Amber Straight and John T. Smith

Includes lithograph: Untitled (Bob Marley) (ca. 1980s) and woodcut print "Samella" (2004)

Box 52
Mieke Smith and K. Hitchyst (sp?)

Includes etching: "Lovers" (1997) and hand-colored etching: "Did You Eat Art Yet?" (1990)

Box 52
Percy Martin and Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson

Includes etching: "Leopard with Ex-Friend Fire" (ca. 1980s) and etching with surface-rolled color: "Mud Vision" (1990)

Box 52
Group Drawing, Aden Hachman, and John Wood

Includes ink, colored markers: Group Drawing from Washington, DC (Howard University) (ca. 1977), linocut print: "Gemini" (Undated), and silkscreen: Print/Calling Card (ca. 1980)

Box 52
Maria Garrido Saavedra, Claudia Widdis, and Neil Talbot

Includes crayon: "Portrait of Richard J. Powell-Copenhagen, Denmark" (1984), etching/aquatint: "Puppet Reality" (1974), and embossed print: Untitled (1981)

Box 52
Anonymous Norfolk State Univ. Student, Renee Leslie, and Aden Hachman

Includes crayon/pencil Untitled (ca. 1978-79), mixed media: Untitled (ca. 1977), and color etching/aquatint: "Messiah" (1977)

Box 52
E. Marion Parham, Unknown Artist, and Mieke Smith

Includes etching: "Edict" (1980), Untitled hand-colored photograph mounted on board (ca. 1900), and etching/aquatint: "Fertility: The Sowing" (1997)

Box 52
T. Khaliq, John T. Scott, and Kabuya Pam Bowens

Includes etching: "Floating Mask I" (ca. 1980), ink on paper: "Tablet Head from I Remember Birmingham" (Nov. 30, 1999), and mixed media print: Untitled (ca. 1978)

Box 53
Unknown Artist, Calvin Reid, and John T. Scott

Includes lithograph: Untitled (Portfolio Exhibition Poster, School of the Art Institute of Chicago) (1981-82), etching/aquatint: "Chili House Bebop" (1977), and pencil on paper: "Study for the Sculpture Gateway for Beckworth" (May 11, 1988)

Box 53
Smithsonian NMAA, Amaro Francisco, and Unknown Artist

Includes: Smithsonian Print Portfolio: "Paintings of William H. Johnson," "O Sucesso Nao Acabou So Nos Falta Turismo" (Undated), and "Ori-Scent of Virtue" (Undated)

Box 53
Exhibition Publicity and John W. Jones

Includes: Chronicle of Higher Education Dec. 6, 1989 article on "The Blues Aesthetic" and "The State of Georgia" (Undated)

Box 53
Powell Artwork

Includes etching/working proof: "Remedial Ear Training" (1977), pencil on paper: "Two Self-Portraits, New Haven CT" (Nov. 21, 1982), and lithograph/watercolor: Untitled (Black Rock n' Roll) (1984)

Box 53
Powell Artwork

Includes pencil drawing: "Ying/Yang" (1977), watercolor: "Saint Anastasia" (2000), and watercolor: "Le Kufi/El Bari" (1980)

Box 53
Richard J. Powell Artwork

Includes collage: "Funky Broadway" (1978) and etching/first state: "Oracles" (1975)

Box 53
Richard J. Powell Artwork

Includes watercolor: Untitled (1979) and crayon: Untitled (1984)

Box 53
Richard J. Powell Artwork

Etching/aquatint: "Narrations: Tableau Vivant" Portrait of artist David Hammons, writer Debbie Wood, and RJP (1978-79)

Box 53
Richard J. Powell Artwork

Etching/aquatint: "Narrations: Eurydice in Hell" Powell and actress Marpessa Dawn in Lower Manhattan (1979)

Box 53
Richard J. Powell Artwork

Offset lithographs for Richard Wright Series: "Title Page for Richard Wright Series" (1977) and "Poem: Soulchant for Virgoman" (1977)

Box 54
Richard J. Powell Artwork

Photocopy: "Bon Voyage/Part Art Sale Invitation" (1984), photo-silkscreen: "Studies for Richard Wright Series" (1976), and ink on board: "Before/After" (1980)

Box 54
Richard J. Powell Artwork

"Richard Wright Series #2: The Long Dream" (1976), "Richard Wright Series #3: Subjugation of a Petty Bourgeois Degenerate" (1976), and "Petfood: Death of a Queen" (1981)

Box 54
Richard J. Powell Artwork

"Makeshift Ricky-Ayarn" (undated) and Untitled (undated)

Box 54
Richard J. Powell Artwork

"Richard Wright Series #4: Suspended over a Void" (1975) and "Richard Wright Series #10: The Man is Deranged, Life has Not Changed" (1977)

Box 54
Richard J. Powell Artwork

Ink on board: Untitled (1977) and ink/collage on board: "Lost in Music" (1979)

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Richard J. Powell Artwork

Ink on paper: Untitled (1983) and ink/collage on paper: "Drawing for Petfood Boogie" (1981)

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Richard J. Powell Artwork

Ink and pencil on paper: "Barry Series I" (1981) and "Barry Series II" (1981)

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Richard J. Powell Artwork

Ink and pencil on paper: "Barry Series III" (1981) and "Barry Series IV" (1981)

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Richard J. Powell Artwork

Watercolor on paper: "Question What Would you Buy If You had some Money?" (1983) and ink/collage on paper: "Self-Portrait as Tarzan" (1983)

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Richard J. Powell Artwork

Ink/collage on paper "Drawing for Petfood Revenge" (Undated)

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Mieke Smith and Aden Hatchman

Includes "My Country's Tears of Thee" (1996) and "Songe Vivant-For my mentor and cherished friend, Rick" (1982)

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Photographs of Spartanburg, SC Train Wreck

Four mounted 19th century photographs

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Calvin Reid

Untitled mounted photograph (1976) with dedication to Rick Powell on verso

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Cynthia Haack and Aden Hachman

Includes woodcut print: "Crab" (Undated), "Duke II" (1977), and "Black Girl IV" (1976)

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Sam Shaw, Frank Stewart, and Rory Lawrence

Includes b/w photograph: "Romare Bearden, Blackout, St. Martin" (ca. 1980), photography proof sheet: "Romare Bearden and Nude Model in Studio, Harlem NY" (ca. 1946), and pen/ink: Untitled (undated)

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Aden Hachman, Jay Anderson, and DiLucco

Includes color print: "Brother on the Block" (1977), photograph: "The African American Dance Ensemble" (undated), and ink/crayon on paper: Untitled (1985)

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Johannes Larsen

Untitled wood engraving (Head of a Rabbit) (undated, Early 20th c.)

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Richard J. Powell and Others

"Stone Souvenirs" lithograph series (1977)

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Richard J. Powell and Others

"Church Street" folios, etchings (1978)

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Johannes Larsen

Untitled woodcuts (Undated)

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Aden Hachman

"Brother on the Block" (1976)

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Aden Hachman

"Black Girl III" (1976)

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Unknown Artist

Untitled watercolor and pastel sketch (undated)

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Janet ?

Untitled collage and marker (undated)

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Frank Stewart

Photograph: "Romare Bearden" (ca. 1980)

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Unknown Artist

Untitled work on paper (Egyptian Scene) (undated)

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Mark H. Montgomery

"M.H.M." (undated)

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Richard J. Powell Artwork

Artist's Proof: "Jacob Lawrence" (1983)

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Richard J. Powell Artwork

Woodcut: "Rick Powell is Graduating…" (1975)

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Richard J. Powell Artwork

Woodcut on handmade paper: "Poodles: Fido" (1979)

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Richard J. Powell Artwork

Crayon sketch: Untitled (1991)

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Richard J. Powell Artwork

Crayon sketch: Untitled (1991)

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The Audio Series contains cassette tapes of recorded conversations and interviews with artists such as Jacob Lawrence and Martin Puryear. The series also includes audio from events at the National Center for the Humanities and the Museum of Modern Art.

The cassettes are organized by title and date when possible, although most are undated.

Museum of Modern Art: "Situation Critical? African-American Writers on African-American Artists: Tape 1," March 16, 1999
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Museum of Modern Art: "Situation Critical? African-American Writers on African-American Artists: Tape 2," March 16, 1999
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Fay Mitchell Henderson: "Black Culture and Modernism," March 22, 1990
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William H. Johnson: "Afro-American Music of the 1930s and 40s-Vol. 1," Undated
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William H. Johnson: "Afro-American Music of the 1930s and 40s-Vol. 2," Undated
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Soundings from the National Humanities Center: "Afro-American Culture, Literature, and Social Order-Parts 1-2," Undated
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Soundings from the National Humanities Center: "Afro-American Culture, Literature, and Social Order -Parts 3-4," Undated
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Soundings from the National Humanities Center: "Afro-American Culture, Literature, and Social Order -Parts 5-6," Undated
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Soundings from the National Humanities Center, Michael Valdez Moses & Richard Powell, "Race and Representation," Undated
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Soundings from the National Humanities Center: "Shakespeare's 'Green-ey'd Monster', and 'The Play's the Thing: Shakespeare Then and Now'," 1986
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Vivian Browne: "Funeral of Norman Lewis," Undated
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Unknown: "Interview of Etherbert Halle (?)"
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Unknown: "Jacob Lawrence Interview," June 20, 1984
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Unknown, "Jake Lawrence Lecture: 'Moten Swing,' 'I Will Move on up a Little Higher,' & 'Chains on Me," Undated
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Unknown, "Martin Puryear-Tape 1" Meeting in Accord, NY, Undated
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Historical Note

Richard J. Powell is the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University. Powell received a B.A. from Morehouse University in 1975, a M.F.A. in Printmaking from Howard University in 1977, a M.A. in Afro-American Studies from Yale University in 1982, and a Ph.D. in the History of Art, also from Yale University, in 1988. Powell was the Director of Programs at the Washington Project for the Arts before arriving at Duke in 1989. He has written numerous books and articles on African and Afro-American art and is interested in theories of race and representation in the African diaspora as well as media arts and conceptualizations of the "folk" in world art and culture. Powell has received many prestigious fellowships and grants from organizations such as the Ford Foundation and the Fulbright Program.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Richard Powell Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Richard Powell Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Elisabeth Narkin, October 2012

Encoded by Elisabeth Narkin, Meghan Lyon, October 2012

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2011-1040

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.