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Subseries 4.1
Artist materials, 1951-2003
Boxes 48-53, OP 45-49, 57-60, 64-65, XOP1

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists of material relating to John Biggers' work as an artist and arts advocate, 1951-2003. The subseries includes planning and promotional material from a number of public exhibitions of Biggers' work, and there is an especially large amount of material relating to the exhibition The Art of John Biggers: View from the Upper Room, which opened in April 1995 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston as well as by other artists and also from children. The subseries also contains Biggers' handwritten research notes on African art, along with a number of financial documents about the loan and sale of both African sculpture and Biggers' paintings. Also included are a number of awards and honors given to Biggers by universities and civic institutions.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Box Folder Content
48 1 Agenda, Dr. Biggers Project Committee, YWCA of Houston, July 23, 1992
48 2 Agenda, Dr. Biggers Project Committee, YWCA of Houston, October 15, 1992
48 3 Agenda, Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center, sculpture opening ceremonies, undated
48 4 American Society of African Culture, 3rd annual conference, undated
XOP1 - Architectural plans, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, murals, circa 1990s
OP45 - Architectural plans, Houston, Texas murals, 1990s
48 5 Art in Embassies Program, US Department of State, 1996
48 6 Art in Public Places Program (Austin, Texas), 1987
48 7 Artist agreement, Judith Roth Studio Collection, 2000
48 8 Artist agreement, University of Houston (Houston, Texas), 1996
48 9 Artwork, Allan R. Crite, photocopy with notes by John Biggers, 1993
48 10 Artwork, Billy June, watercolor, 1997
OP64 - Artwork, Bill Pagadu, undated
48 11 Artwork, Dana C. Chandler, Jr., 1971-1974
OP46 - Artwork, Deborah Murphy and Amanda Murphy, 1995
OBV1 - Artwork, You Inspired Us to Create, Conley School, undated Conley School, undated
48 12 Artwork, Delvin Williams (age 9), 1983
48 13 Artwork, Inwood Academy (Houston, Texas), 1998
48 14 Artwork, Gene Grigsby, 1998
OP60 - Artwork, Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, undated
48 15 Artwork, Hale Woodruff, printed art, undated
OP47 - Artwork, Harvey Johnson, with John Biggers' notes, undated
OP57 - Artwork, Honore Daumier prints, circa 1855
48 16 Artwork, James McNeil, 1990
48 17 Artwork, John Biggers, dust jacket for I, Momolu, undated
48 18 Artwork, John Biggers, photograph, undated
48 19 Artwork, John Biggers, printed art, 1982, undated
48 20 Artwork, John Biggers, sketchbook, undated
48 21 Artwork, John Biggers, sketches, undated
OP48 - Artwork, John Biggers, undated
48 22 Artwork, Julie Penland, sketchbook, 1989
48 23 Artwork, Lamark, "Sunset, no. 5," undated
OBV2 - Artwork, volume of art, Langston Early Childhood Development Center, October 1997
48 24 Artwork, stationary and postcards, undated
49 1 Artwork, Tyrone Geter, printed art, 1995
49 2 Artwork, unidentified, printed art, undated
OP58 - Artwork, unidentified, printed art, undated
49 3 Artwork, unidentified, textile, undated
OP59 - Artwork, Vandorn Hinnart, undated
OP65 - Awards, hood (textile), undated
49 4 Awards, proclamations, and honors, 1951-2001, undated
OP49 - Awards, proclamations, and honors, 1983-1997
49 5 Board of Directors, Museum of African American Art (Pacific Palisades, California), January 1981
49 6 Brochures, mural unveiling ceremonies, 1952-1955, 2003
49 7 Brown Symposium, Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas), February 1988
49 8 Budweiser advertisement (with Egyptian iconography), undated
49 9 Business cards, undated
49 10 Call to Artists, Charlotte/Mecklenburg (North Carolina) Public Art Commission, 1994
49 11 Collected press coverage, The Art of John Biggers: View from the Upper Room, 1997
49 12 Drawing inventory, Joe R. Davidson, undated
49 13 Description and appraisal of African artifacts purchased, January 1977
49 14 Description, Christia V. Adair mural, undated
49 15 Description, "Integration," Contemporary Arts Museum (Houston, Texas), 1953
49 16 Description of "Queen Mother" sculpture, undated
49 17 Design, Judith Roth Studio Collection calendar, January 2000
49 18 Design, Maya Angelou Tribute to Achievement Award, November 1991
49 19 Encore (Lake Wales Arts Council), December 2002
49 20 Exhibit booklet, Fayetteville (North Carolina) Museum of Art, 1993
49 21 Exhibition captions, unidentified exhibit, undated
49 22 Exhibit comments, The Art of John Biggers: View from the Upper Room, 1995 [1 of 2]
50 1 Exhibit comments, The Art of John Biggers: View from the Upper Room, 1995 [2 of 2]
50 2 Family Ark lithograph, Art Ventures (Houston, Texas), undated
50 3 First Circle Akan, handwritten notes, undated
50 4 Flyer, "Painting History," Hampton University, 2003
50 5 Handwritten diagram, book cover design, undated
50 6 Handwritten diagram, "Celebration of Life" mural (Minneapolis, Minnesota), undated
50 7 Handwritten notes, 1989, undated
50 8 Hotel reservation, Wyndham Warwick (Gastonia, North Carolina), February 1995
50 9 Information, New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans, Louisiana), 1979
50 10 Instructions for commissioning and painting and drawing, undated
50 11 Interview questions, blank form, Dallas Weekly News, October 27, 1989
50 12 Invitation, mural reception (Hampton, Virginia), undated
50 13 "John Biggers: Chronology," Alvia Wardlaw and Alison de Lima Greene, 1921-1994
50 14 Large print brochure, The Art of John Biggers: View from the Upper Room, 1997
50 15 Library acquisitions list, National Museum of African Art, December 1990
50 16 Loan and insurance documents and notes, 1980, undated
50 17 Mailing lists, undated
50 18 Membership card, Texas Fine Arts Commission, August 31, 1973
50 19 Memorandum, LewAllen Gallery (Santa Fe, New Mexico), undated
50 20 Memorandum, studio needs; John Biggers, April 16, 1991
50 21 Metamorphasis II & III lithographs, Art Ventures (Houston, Texas), undated
50 22 Minutes, mural committee, YWCA of Houston, May 14, 1992
50 23 Minutes, SumArts (Houston, Texas) board meeting, September 20, 1990
50 24 Mural presentation, Winston-Salem State University (Winston-Salem, North Carolina), March 28, 1992
50 25 National Conference of Artists, Second International Conference (Bahia, Brazil), May 22-31, 1988
50 26 "Nubia: Maintaining a Mural Tradition," Texas Southern University, November 1999
50 27 Oral history project; Biggers, John, 1992
50 28 Permit, "Travel in, out, and through a disturbed area," Uganda, 1969
50 29 Photographic license, Khartoum, Sudan, November 2, 1969
50 30 Press release, The Art of John Biggers: View from the Upper Room, August 1997
50 31 Press release, Delta Fine Arts Center (Winston-Salem, North Carolina), 1989
50 32 Press release, Pollock Galleries (Dallas, Texas), January 1971
50 33 Press release, Transco Energy Company (Houston, Texas), January 1987
50 34 Price list, Nova Color, undated
50 35 Program, art exhibit, Dougherty Art Center (Austin, Texas), undated
50 36 Program, art exhibit, Texas Southern University (Houston, Texas), March 1-15, [?]
50 37 Program, 7th Annual Meeting, National Conference of Artists, April 16-18, 1995
50 38 Program, "Welcome Home, Biggers!" 1995
51 1 Project outline, "Mural Masters and Monuments," April 1989
51 2 Promotional, packet on "The Art of John Biggers: View from the Upper Room," 1995
51 3 Promotional, press release booklet with letter to Greg Henry, 1986-1991
51 4 Promotional summary, "A Celebration of Life" (Minneapolis, Minnesota), 1994-1996
51 5 Proposal, Portsmouth, Virginia Civic Arts Program, 1988 [2 copies]
51 6 Prospectus, "Art in Public Places" (Austin Civic Center, Austin, Texas), June 10, 1988
51 7 Published mural photographs; Biggers, John, undated
51 8 Reception, Dr. Biggers Project, YWCA of Houston, November 15, 1992
51 9 Requisitions, purchases, and receipts, 1962-2001 [1 of 5]
51 10 Requisitions, purchases, and receipts, 1962-2001 [2 of 5]
51 11 Requisitions, purchases, and receipts, 1962-2001 [3 of 5]
51 12 Requisitions, purchases, and receipts, 1962-2001 [4 of 5]
51 13 Requisitions, purchases, and receipts, 1962-2001 [5 of 5]
52 1 Research notes, undated [1 of 8]
52 2 Research notes, undated [2 of 8]
52 3 Research notes, undated [3 of 8]
52 4 Research notes, undated [4 of 8]
52 5 Research notes, undated [5 of 8]
52 6 Research notes, undated [6 of 8]
53 1 Research notes, undated [7 of 8]
53 2 Research notes, undated [8 of 8]
53 3 Resumes and curriculum vitae; Biggers, John, 1924-1999
53 4 Resumes and curriculum vitae; other artists, 1942-1991
53 5 "Return to the Upper Room," undated
53 6 Royalty statements, 1958, 1963, 1984
53 7 Sales brochure, Premier Artworks (San Antonio, Texas), undated
53 8 Sample questions and topics, Diggs Gallery (Winston-Salem, North Carolina), February 1991
53 9 Schedule, National Conference of Artists (New York, New York), April 2001
53 10 Teacher resource portfolio, The Art of John Biggers: View from the Upper Room, undated
53 11 University presentation, Bennett College (Greensboro, North Carolina), February 1984
53 12 Volunteers in Public Schools (Houston, Texas), visiting speaker engagement, February 1982
53 13 "The Web of Life," integrated DBAE teaching unit, undated
53 14 Writers Roundup, Theta Sigma Pi, September 29, 1962
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