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Series 2
Photographs, 1942-1996
Boxes 10-30, OP1-6, 9-17, 54-55, and 61

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of photographs of John Biggers' artwork, events he attended or that were held in his honor, and his friends, family and colleagues from 1942-1998. Included in the series are a number of photographs of Biggers' paintings, drawings, and sculpture. There are many photographs of John Biggers' murals, including photographs of incomplete murals in progress, finished products, and close-ups of mural details. There are also photographs documenting his painting process, which show Biggers and other artists as they were creating and painting murals. Also included are photographs of openings and exhibitions of Biggers' works as well as unidentified events in homes, front yards, and churches, and a few images depicting Biggers' foreign travels, especially to Ghana and Egypt. Most of the photographs of people are of John and Hazel Biggers, although there are other photographs of identified and unidentified people, including some friends of relatives of John and Hazel. There are also negatives and slides of many of the printed photographs.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by subject.

Artwork
Box Folder Content
10 1 Adams, Ron, untitled drawing, undated
10 2 African American dolls, undated
10 3 African art displayed in home, undated
10 4 African art displayed outside and in garage, undated
10 5 African art displayed on quilt, undated
10 6 African artwork, undated [includes photographs of Biggers making sketches] [1 of 2]
10 7 African artwork, undated [includes photographs of Biggers making sketches] [2 of 2]
OP1 - African humanoid figures, undated
10 8 African humanoid sculptures, undated
10 9 African maternity figures, undated [1 of 2]
10 10 African maternity figures, undated [2 of 2]
10 11 African sculpture, July 1959
10 12 African sculpture, undated [1 of 13]
11 1 African sculpture, undated [2 of 13]
11 2 African sculpture, undated [3 of 13]
11 3 African sculpture, undated [4 of 13]
11 4 African sculpture, undated [5 of 13]
11 5 African sculpture, undated [6 of 13]
11 6 African sculpture, undated [7 of 13]
11 7 African sculpture, undated [8 of 13]
11 8 African sculpture, undated [9 of 13]
12 1 African sculpture, undated [10 of 13]
12 2 African sculpture, undated [11 of 13]
12 3 African sculpture, undated [12 of 13]
12 4 African sculpture, undated [13 of 13]
OP61 - African sculpture, undated
12 5 African sculpture, four figures on pedestal, undated
12 6 African sculptures [Ghana?}, undated
12 7 African sculpture (humans), undated
12 8 African sculpture (humans, crocodile), undated
12 9 African statues, undated
12 10 African statues [Nigeria?], undated
12 11 African statues (pedestal), undated
12 12 Artwork in Louvre (Paris, France), undated
12 13 Artwork; sent by Alexis De Happy, undated
12 14 Artwork; sent by Mary Kimbrough, October 1977
12 15 Ashanti, Yoruba, and Zulu figures, 1982-1983
12 16 Biggers collection of African art [photographer: Johnson, Harvey] undated
12 17 Bird sculpture, undated
13 1 Burial and Emptyness of Life, circa 1947-1948 Emptyness of Life, circa 1947-1948
13 2 Carved ivory [?], undated
13 3 Clark, Lenthon B., eclipse photograph, 1978
13 4 Clark, Lenthon B., photographs, undated
13 5 Contact prints, Immolu, undated
13 6 Day of the Harvest, circa 1949
13 7 Drawings, circa 1940s-1950s
13 8 Drawings, September 1978
13 9 Drawings, undated
13 10 Drawings, African American labor and everyday life, undated [1 of 2]
13 11 Drawings, African American labor and everyday life, undated [2 of 2]
13 12 Drawings (Charles White): Bearded Man, Bessie, Gideon, Study, We Have Been Believers, circa 1940s Charles White): Bessie, Gideon, Study, We Have Been Believers, circa 1940s
13 13 Drawings (John Biggers), Institute of Texan Cultures collection 2321, undated
13 14 Drawings (John Biggers), Institute of Texan Cultures collection 2322, undated
13 15 Drawings (John Biggers), Institute of Texan Cultures collection 2323, undated
14 1 Drawings (John Biggers), Institute of Texan Cultures collection 2324, undated
14 2 Drawings (John Biggers), Institute of Texan Cultures collection 2325, undated
14 3 Drawings (John Biggers), Institute of Texan Cultures collection 2326, undated
14 4 Drawings (John Biggers), Institute of Texan Cultures collection 2328, undated
14 5 Early work (John Biggers), undated
14 6 Egyptian reliefs [?], undated
14 7 Hampton murals, black-and-white, undated
14 8 Hampton murals, mounted, undated
14 9 Hampton murals working process, undated [1 of 2]
14 10 Hampton murals working process, undated [2 of 2]
14 11 Illustrations for Our Grandmothers, undated
14 12 Lithograph, Family Ark, 1992
14 13 Lobi statues, undated
14 14 Mammy doll with child, 1983
14 15 Montoy mural, undated
14 16 Mural, Ascension, circa 1990s
15 1 Mural, Ascension, circa 1992 [1 of 2]
15 2 Mural, Ascension, circa 1992 [2 of 2]
15 3 Mural, Ascension, conceptual design, circa 1990
15 4 Mural, Band of Angels, circa 1993
OP55 - Mural, Birth from the Sea, 1966
15 5 Mural, The Contribution of Negro Women to American Life and Education, 1953
15 6 Mural detail, The Contribution of Negro Women to American Life and Education, 1953
OP54 - Mural detail, unidentified, undated
15 7 Mural detail, US Navy Mural, Negro Women in American Life, and Children of the Morning, circa 1940s-1980s Negro Women in American Life, and Children of the Morning, circa 1940s-1980s
15 8 Mural, Dying Soldier, 1945
15 9 Mural, Family Unity, circa 1970s
15 10 Mural, Family Unity, conceptual drawings, circa early 1970s
15 11 Mural, History of Education in Morris County, Texas, 1955
15 12 Mural, Holy Family, circa 1970s
15 13 Mural, House of the Turtle, undated
OP2 - Murals, House of the Turtle and Tree House, circa 1990s Tree House, circa 1990s
15 14 Murals, House of the Turtle and Tree House, undated [1 of 3] Tree House, undated [1 of 3]
16 1 Murals, House of the Turtle and Tree House, undated [2 of 3] Tree House, undated [2 of 3]
16 2 Murals, House of the Turtle and Tree House, undated [3 of 3] Tree House, undated [3 of 3]
16 3 Mural, This Little Light of Mine, 1987
OP3 - Mural, Nubia: the Origins of Business and Commerce, circa 1999
16 4 Mural, Origins, circa 1990
16 5 Mural photographs, black-and-white, undated
16 6 Mural prints, 1942-1989
16 7 Mural, Quilting Party, circa 1970s
16 8 Murals, Red Barn Farm, Birth from the Sea, and Quilting Party, 1960-1981 Birth from the Sea, and Quilting Party, 1960-1981
16 9 Mural, Salt Marsh, and related figures, circa 1998
OP4 - Murals, Sharecroppers and Contribution of Negro Women, circa 1940s-1950s Contribution of Negro Women, circa 1940s-1950s
16 10 Mural sketches, History of Education and Negro Women, undated Negro Women, undated
17 1 Mural, Song of the Drinking Gourd, 1987
17 2 Mural, Texas Southern University student union, undated [1 of 2]
17 3 Mural, Texas Southern University student union, undated [2 of 2]
17 4 Mural, US Navy Mural, Hampton Institute, 1944 Hampton Institute, 1944
17 5 Mural,Web of Life, 1960
OP5 - Mural, Web of Life, circa 1960
17 6 Mural, Web of Life (damaged), undated
17 7 Mural, When Two Old Friends Meet, undated
17 8 Ornate rug and carved windows, undated
17 9 Outdoor mural (Minneapolis, Minnesota), undated
17 10 Paintings, undated
17 11 Painting and combs, undated
17 12 Paintings and drawings, undated
17 13 Paintings, Evolution series, undated
17 14 Paintings and murals, undated
18 1 Paintings (overhead transparencies) 1884-1986
18 2 Paintings and sculptures, undated
OP6 - Painting, unidentified, undated
18 3 People standing in Salt Marsh mural, undated
18 4 Percussion instrument, undated
OP7 - Photograph; taken by Lenthon B. Clark, undated
18 5 Photographs of chair; from Cheikh Mbaye, December 1993
OP8 - Photographs of daily life; taken by Ernie Hudnall, 1971, 1977, undated
18 6 Photographs of sculptures from "Pamela," November 1988
18 7 Pottery and sculpture, 1966-1982
18 8 Pottery and textiles, undated [1 of 4]
18 9 Pottery and textiles, undated [2 of 4]
18 10 Pottery and textiles, undated [3 of 4]
18 11 Pottery and textiles, undated [4 of 4]
18 12 Preliminary sketches, Development of Negro Education in Morris County, Texas, circa 1950s
18 13 Profile drawing (John Biggers), 1960
18 14 Quilts, undated
18 15 Quilts, damaged, undated
18 16 "Red family," undated
18 17 Sculptures, baskets, and chairs, undated
18 18 Sculptures, humanoid, undated
19 1 Sculpture [plaster?], undated [1 of 2]
19 2 Sculpture [plaster?], undated [2 of 2]
19 3 Sculptures and paintings, undated
19 4 Sculpture photographs; Shabazz, Omar, March 1991
19 5 Sculptures, staves and turtles, undated
19 6 Sculptures, unidentified, undated
19 7 Sculptures, Yoruba drum figures and Akan priest stools, undated
19 8 Sepia-toned sketches, undated
19 9 Sketches, undated [1 of 2]
19 10 Sketches, undated [2 of 2]
19 11 Sketches; Ron Adams, undated
19 12 Sketches of early work; John Biggers, circa 1940s-1950s
19 13 Southern life murals, Griffin [?], undated
19 14 Statues and quilts, undated
19 15 Student murals, Texas Southern University (partially destroyed), undated
19 16 Textiles, Kuba pattern, undated
19 17 Weaved baskets, undated
19 18 Winston-Salem blowups, undated
20 1 Winston-Salem line drawings, undated [1 of 2]
20 2 Winston-Salem line drawings, undated [2 of 2]
20 3 Wooden sculptures, displayed outside, undated
Events
20 4 Adair mural event, circa 1983
20 5 Adair mural unveiling ceremony, June 12, 1983
20 6 Archaeological excavation, undated
20 7 Art gallery, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, September 1975
20 8 Baptism, unidentified, undated
20 9 Black-tie event, circa 1980s-1990s
20 10 Building art; floor-to-ceiling wire (John Biggers and others), undated
20 11 Building duck sculptures in studio, undated
20 12 Car [Hazel Biggers mentioned on reverse of photograph], December 1961
20 13 Christmas party, 1975
20 14 Class reunion, Pennsylvania State University, circa 1980s
20 15 "A Closer Look": Electron Microscope Photography by David Scharf, undated
20 16 Commencement, Boston University, May 1997
20 17 Concert choir (Texas Southern University), Europe tour, circa 1970s
20 18 Dance event in gazebo, undated
20 19 Dancing around bonfire [Africa?], undated
21 1 Decorated pottery display, undated
21 2 Dilapidated home, undated
21 3 Display mechanism installation, undated
21 4 Dock work, Stalling Enterprises, undated
21 5 "An Evening with John Biggers" (Charlotte, North Carolina), September 8, 1989
21 6 Event, Evergreen Cemetery, undated
21 7 Event, Gastonia, North Carolina, circa 1990s
21 8 Event, Gastonia, North Carolina (at Upper Lake), 1990s
21 9 Event, Houston, Texas (John Biggers and John Scott), undated
21 10 Event, unidentified, circa 1970s
21 11 Event, unidentified, November 1972
21 12 Event, unidentified, September 10, 1978
21 13 Event, unidentified, circa 1980s
21 14 Event, unidentified, circa 1980s-1990s
21 15 Events, unidentified, 1980-1984
21 16 Event, unidentified, February 1982 [1 of 2]
21 17 Event, unidentified, February 1982 [2 of 2]
21 18 Event, unidentified, April 1982
21 19 Event, unidentified, March 1983 [1 of 2]
21 20 Event, unidentified, March 1983 [2 of 2]
21 21 Event, unidentified, January 1985
22 1 Event, unidentified, July 1986 [1 of 3]
22 2 Event, unidentified, July 1986 [2 of 3]
22 3 Event, unidentified, July 1986 [3 of 3]
22 4 Event, unidentified, 1988
22 5 Event, unidentified, January 1988 [1 of 2]
22 6 Event, unidentified, January 1988 [2 of 2]
22 7 Event, unidentified, circa 1990s
22 8 Event, unidentified, undated [1 of 7]
22 9 Event, unidentified, undated [2 of 7]
22 10 Event, unidentified, undated [3 of 7]
22 11 Event, unidentified, undated [4 of 7]
22 12 Event, unidentified, undated [5 of 7]
22 13 Event, unidentified, undated [6 of 7]
22 14 Event, unidentified, undated [7 of 7]
23 1 Event in yard and garden, undated
23 2 Exhibition, The Art of John Biggers: View from the Upper Room, 1995
23 3 Exhibition,John Biggers: Bridges, undated
23 4 Exhibition, LewAllen Gallery (Santa Fe, New Mexico), circa 1992
23 5 Exhibition, The Mosely Gallery (University of Maryland-Eastern Shore), April 1985
23 6 Exhibition, unidentified (John Biggers and others), circa 1960s-1970s
23 7 Fire at lumber store, undated
23 8 Funeral, unidentified, 1984
23 9 Gardening and working in yard (John Biggers), undated
23 10 Group walking by water, undated
23 11 Homecoming, Texas Southern University, undated
23 12 Interview and filming; John Biggers, January 6-8, 1987
23 13 Measurements for home mural installation, undated
23 14 Minneapolis-St. Paul, outdoors, undated
23 15 Modeling with quilt, undated [1 of 2]
23 16 Modeling with quilt, undated [2 of 2]
24 1 Mural display, Hampton Institute library atrium (House of the Turtle), undated
24 2 Mural painting event (John Biggers and others), undated
24 3 Mural painting, Robertson Auditorium (University of Houston), undated
24 4 Mural speaking engagement, circa 1989
24 5 Old homes; Omaha, Nebraska, undated
24 6 Ore plant at Lone Star, undated
24 7 Outdoor panorama, undated
24 8 Painting event and exhibition, undated
24 9 Painting murals; Hampton, Virginia (John Biggers), circa 1990
24 10 Painting murals; Hampton, Virginia (John Biggers, "Dolly," and others), circa 1990
24 11 Painting mural; Texas Southern University (John Biggers), undated
24 12 Painting and sculpture classes, undated
24 13 Painting student center mural, Texas Southern University (John Biggers), undated
24 14 Painting Winston-Salem and Hampton murals, circa 1990
24 15 Party, May 9, 1992
24 16 Pennsylvania State University, fiftieth reunion, 1995
24 17 Prayer meeting, undated
25 1 Rail lines; Houston, Texas, undated
25 2 Rural life, undated
25 3 Sculpting session in home, undated
OP9 - Sculpture process in studio, undated
25 4 Speech; Biggers, John, undated
25 5 Student classroom art event, undated
25 6 Travel, Egypt (John and Hazel Biggers), circa 1950s
25 7 Travel, Ghana, 1957
25 8 Travel, Hampton, Virginia, circa 1990s [1 of 2]
25 9 Travel, Hampton, Virginia, circa 1990s [2 of 2]
25 10 Travel [Southeast Asia?], undated
25 11 Travel, Thomaston, Georgia, 1986
25 12 Travel, unidentified, circa 1980s
25 13 Urban mural painting, undated
26 1 Videotaped event in front yard, undated
26 2 Visit to gravesite (Meade, Etta), undated
26 3 Water fowl (Hampton, Virginia), undated
26 4 Weaving and pottery classes (Houston, Texas), undated
26 5 Wedding, undated [1 of 2]
26 6 Wedding, undated [2 of 2]
OP10 - Wedding, couple at altar, undated
26 7 YWCA mural reception, Houston, Texas, November 15, 1992 [?]
People
OP11 - "Adair and father," undated
26 8 "Alexander" and "Mabel," 1971
26 9 Art faculty, Ghana, April 1962
26 10 Ashanti, Hannah, undated
26 11 Ayi, Patrick, and Koko Hulede, undated
26 12 Bell, Jame, undated
26 13 Bell [?], Tyron, undated
26 14 Biggers, Hazel, undated
26 15 Biggers, Hazel; outside in a garden, undated
26 16 Biggers, John, circa 1970s
26 17 Biggers, John, circa 1980s
26 18 Biggers, John, and Christia Adair, 1974
26 19 Biggers, John; drawing sketches, undated
26 20 Biggers, John; at easel, undated
26 21 Biggers, John, and Harvey Johnson, undated
26 22 Biggers, John and Hazel, 1973
26 23 Biggers, John and Hazel, circa 1980s
26 24 Biggers, John, headshots, circa 1970s
26 25 Biggers, John, with Jackson State University mural, undated
27 1 Biggers, John and James, undated
26 26 Biggers, John, and Kheli R. Willetts, undated
27 2 Biggers, John; and maternity sculptures, circa 1970s
27 3 Biggers, John; and others, circa 1960s-1990s [1 of 2]
27 4 Biggers, John; and others, circa 1960s-1990s [2 of 2]
27 5 Biggers, John; painting Hampton murals, circa 1990s
27 6 Biggers, John; painting process, circa 1980s-1990s
27 7 Biggers, John, and Regenia Perry, undated
27 8 Biggers, John; sketching murals, undated
27 9 Biggers, John; in studio, circa 1970s-1980s
OP12 - Biggers, Sarah, circa 1980s
27 10 Bridgette, Sybil, 1970
27 11 Bridgette, Sybil, July 1971
27 12 Brown, Sarrel Lee, Jr., November 1987
27 13 Burney, Zinetta A., and Ernest McGowen, undated
27 14 Carter [?], Ken, October 9, 1993
27 15 Carter, R.L., Verlene Sliver [?], and Octavarous Crumple [?], March 31, 1957
27 16 Children painting, undated
27 17 Children playing, undated
27 18 Cobb, Jewel, and "Ruth," undated
27 19 "Denise," undated
27 20 "Diaspora women," undated
27 21 Dibéle, Bene, 1926
27 22 "Dolly," undated
27 23 "Ebony," undated
27 24 Golliher, Ashley, undated
28 1 Hales, Andretta Lynn, February 1957
28 2 Hales, Andretta Lynn, undated
28 3 Hall, Brittany and Savannah, 1996
28 4 Highland High School, senior class, 1936
28 5 Highland High School, seventh grade class, 1932
28 6 "Ivory," undated
28 7 Jenkins, Mary, undated
28 8 "John's grandmother," undated
28 9 Johnson, Harvey; posing with paintings, undated
28 10 Jones, Johnny, undated
28 11 Judge Weinberger, Whitney Young, and Edgar Kaiser, March 1962
28 12 "Kate and Evan," September 25, 1997
28 13 Late, Mildred, undated
28 14 Lilly, Charles, undated
28 15 Lowenfeld, Viktor, circa 1950s
28 16 Lowenfeld, Viktor, and John Biggers, 1955
28 17 Man, unidentified, February 1942
28 18 Man, unidentified, November 1983
28 19 McCulley, Millie, undated
28 20 Models, undated
28 21 Model for Hampton mural, undated
OP13 - Models posing, undated
28 22 Mondale, Joan, circa 1977-1980
28 23 "Mr. Jenkins," 1984
28 24 "Nick," undated
OP14 - Nudes, undated
28 25 Nudes, mother and child, undated
28 26 Obey, Trandell Mimms [?], undated
OP15 - People on front porch and in yard, undated
28 27 People in Houston [?] neighborhood, September 1988
28 28 People in shotgun house neighborhood, undated
28 29 People, unidentified, January 1955
28 30 People, unidentified, January 1960
28 31 People, unidentified, October 1974
28 32 People, unidentified, 1980-1989
28 33 People, unidentified, undated [1 of 6]
28 34 People, unidentified, undated [2 of 6]
28 35 People, unidentified, undated [3 of 6]
28 36 People, unidentified, undated [4 of 6]
28 32 People, unidentified, undated [5 of 6]
29 1 People, unidentified, undated [6 of 6]
29 2 "Phillip Michael," undated
29 3 Reid, Pamela D., undated
29 4 Renfro, Leon, undated
29 5 Residents in shotgun house neighborhood, undated
29 6 Rural villagers, undated
29 7 "Selma," undated
29 8 "Sheila," undated
29 9 Stuart, James L., Delta Epsilon plaque, 1952
29 10 Tackie, Dinah, "Mrs. Helm," and Hel [?] Babbitt, May 1962
29 11 Texas Southern University (Biggers, John and Hazel; Moses St. Michael), undated
29 12 Three children, undated
OP16 - Two women at gravesite, undated
29 13 Vital, Harry, undated
29 14 Wardlaw, Elvia J., 1996
29 15 Webb, Alice Byrd, undated
29 16 Weems, Ed, Jane Weems, and family, undated
29 17 White, Frances, undated
29 18 Woman "on Joan's deck," 1994
29 19 Woman in red hat and red coat, undated
OP17 - Woman in purple dress, contact sheet, undated
29 20 Woman in purple sweater and olive coat, undated
29 21 Woman, unidentified, October 26, 1967
29 22 Woman in wedding dress (Boston, Massachusetts), undated
29 23 Woman in yellow and woman in purple, July 1979
29 24 Young, Marasana M., undated
Negatives and slides
29 25 Negatives, undated [1 of 7]
29 26 Negatives, undated [2 of 7]
29 27 Negatives, undated [3 of 7]
29 28 Negatives, undated [4 of 7]
30 1 Negatives, undated [5 of 7]
30 2 Negatives, undated [6 of 7]
30 3 Negatives, undated [7 of 7]
30 4 Slides, 1942-1989
30 5 Slides, 1943-1984
30 6 Slides, 1957-1995
30 7 Slides, 1958-1995
30 8 Slides, 1978-1996
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