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Series 2
Artwork and writings, circa 1925-1969
Boxes 13-17, OP 2-4, and BV 1

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of artwork and writings by James A. Porter from circa 1925-1969. It includes lectures and essays, poems, notebooks, and sketchbooks. The lectures and essays consist of typescript drafts of academic papers and presentations written by Porter; these are often annotated. Porter frequently used the same research to create both written essays and oral presentations, therefore, when possible, all forms of a work on a single topic have been arranged together. Themes represented in this material include art education, art history, African American art as an academic field, and the history of the African diaspora. The series also contains front and back matter from Porter's 1943 book Modern Negro Art, though there is no complete draft of this work, and a book-length draft on African American artist Robert S. Duncanson (1821-1872). Poems consist of handwritten and typescript drafts written by Porter, many of which explore themes of religion and spirituality. Though most of this material is not dated, it appears to come from early in Porter's career. The notebooks contain poem drafts, and research notes, as well as sketches. The sketchbooks contain drawings created by Porter, which include human figures and portraits, animals, buildings, boats, and landscapes.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order by record type.

Lectures, essays and other prose
Box Folder Content
13 1 "About My Paintings of African Subjects," typescript draft, undated [includes correspondence to "Monty"]
13 2 "Additions to Afro-Brazilian Thesis," annotated typescript draft, undated
13 3 "African Art from Prehistory to the Present," typescript draft, undated
13 4 "The African Artists: His Heritage and Opportunities," annotated typescript draft, undated
13 5 "African Sojourn," interview transcript, circa 1964
13 6 "Afro-American Art at Floodtide," annotated typescript drafts, undated
13 7 "Afro-American Art at Floodtide," typescript draft, undated
13 8 "American Art: Soliloquy and Communication," annotated typescript draft, undated
13 9 "American Folk Art," typescript draft, 1941 May
13 10 "American Negro Art," annotated typescript draft, undated
13 11 "The American Negro Artist Looks at Africa," annotated typescript drafts, 1960 June 21
13 12 "The American Negro Artist Looks at Africa," typescript drafts, 1960
13 13 "American Painting at Washington: A Review of the Corcoran Biennial Exhibition," typescript draft, undated
13 14 "American Realism and the New Vision," annotated typescript drafts, undated
13 15 "American Realistic Painting: Yesterday and Today," annotated typescript draft, undated
13 16 "The Art of Charles White--An Appreciation," annotated typescript draft, 1967
13 17 "Art and Pedagogy," handwritten draft, undated
13 18 "Art in Worship," handwritten draft fragments, undated
13 19 "Background of Negro Art," handwritten notes, undated
13 20 Book review of Gonzalo Aguirre Beltran, La Poblacion Negra de Mexico, 1519-1810, typescript draft, 1946 Gonzalo Aguirre Beltran,
13 21 Book review of Paul Wingert, Primitive Art: Its Traditions and Styles, annotated typescript drafts, undated Paul Wingert,
13 22 "Can the College as an Arbiter of Taste (sic)," typescript draft, undated
13 23 "The College of Fine Arts--History," annotated typescript draft, undated
13 24 "Communication and Soliloquy in American Art," annotated typescript drafts, undated
13 25 "Contemporary African Negro Art as an Aspect of Culture-change in Africa: A Study of the Impact of Arab and of Western Civilization on Negro Art," typescript summary, undated
13 26 "Contemporary Afro-American Art," annotated typescript draft, 1962 July
13 27 "Contemporary Afro-American Art," annotated typescript draft, undated
13 28 "Contemporary Afro-American Art," typescript drafts, undated
13 29 "Contemporary Negro Art," annotated typescript drafts, undated
13 30 "The Cultural Influence of African Art," annotated typescript drafts, undated
14 1 "The Cultural Influence of African Art," photocopy of typescript draft, undated
14 2 "Currents of Tradition in American Negro Art," annotated typescript draft, undated
14 3 "Duncanson's Style," annotated typescript draft, undated
14 4 "Duncanson's Style," handwritten draft, undated
14 5 "Eclecticism," annotated typescript draft, undated
14 6 "The Expressionist Trend in Afro-Cuban Painting," annotated typescript drafts, undated
14 7 "Forerunners of American Negro Art," typescript draft, 1933
14 8 "Foreword," annotated typescript draft, undated
14 9 "Haiti and the Negro Idiom," annotated typescript draft, undated
14 10 "History of Art Education: Egypt, Assyria, and Greece," handwritten draft, undated
14 11 "How Art Projects Itself into Human Dignity," typescript draft, undated
14 12 "If it were not for certain unreal inherited notions and beliefs" typescript drafts, undated
14 13 Introductory remarks, "Collection of Sculpture reflects Humanist and Social Interests." Howard University Gallery of Art, typescript draft, undated
14 14 Introductory remarks, Fine Arts Festival, West Virginia State College, 1958
14 15 Introductory remarks, Gilberto Freyre, guest speaker, Howard University, undated
14 16 Introductory remarks, unveiling of painting of President R.P. Daniel, Virginia State College, typescript draft, 1953 March 1
14 17 "The Immigration Act of 1917," handwritten draft, undated
14 18 "The Influence of African Art and Culture in the New World," annotated typescript draft, 1941 July
14 19 "The Influence of African Art and Culture in the New World," annotated typescript draft, 1962 July
14 20 "The Influence of African Art and Culture in the New World," annotated typescript drafts, undated
14 21 "The Influence of African Art and Culture in the Western World," annotated typescript draft, undated
14 22 "Institute for the Preservation of Negro Culture," handwritten notes, undated
14 23 "Is Creative Drawing a Scholastic Exercise?" annotated typescript draft, undated
14 24 "James A. Porter at Barnet Aden Gallery," typescript draft, 1948 March
14 25 "Life of Robert S. Duncanson," handwritten draft, undated
14 26 "Modern American Painters: Peter Blume," handwritten draft, undated
14 27 Modern Negro Art, appendix and bibliography, annotated typescript draft, undated
14 28 Modern Negro Art, introduction, annotated typescript draft, 1969
14 29 Modern Negro Art, preface, typescript draft, 1969
14 30 "Moral philosophy in fictional plot-making," handwritten draft, undated
14 31 "Negro Art of Africa," annotated typescript draft, undated
14 32 "The Negro Artist Looks at His Prospects," typescript draft, no draft
14 33 "The Negro Artist and Racial Bias," annotated typescript draft, undated
14 34 "The Negro Element in the Evolution of Art in the United States and the Greater Antilles," annotated typescript draft, undated
14 35 "Negro in Heaven," annotated typescript draft, undated
14 36 "Negro Portraits," typescript draft and handwritten notes, undated
14 37 "Notes on West African Architecture," annotated typescript draft fragments, undated
14 38 "Pagan Days: The Miracle," handwritten draft, undated
14 39 "Persistence of the Romantic Tradition in Modern Art," annotated typescript draft, undated
14 40 "The Place of the Arts in National and International Development," handwritten outline, undated
14 41 "A Plan of Investigation and Publication in African Art," typescript and handwritten draft fragments, circa 1946
14 42 "Plane and Solid as Modal Distinctions of the Narrative Style in African Art," annotated typescript drafts, undated
14 43 "A Plea for American Aid to the Education of African Art," photocopy of typescript draft, undated
14 44 "Preface to Art and Democracy," handwritten draft, undated
14 45 "Primary Values of Negro Art," annotated typescript drafts, undated
14 46 "Primitive Art Reborn," annotated typescript outline, undated
14 47 "The Prodigious Art of Pablo Picasso," annotated typescript draft, 1959 November 9
14 48 "The Racial Factor in Negro Art," photocopy of typescript draft, undated
14 49 "Realistic American Painting," annotated typescript draft, undated
14 50 "Realistic Painting in America: 1800 to 1912," annotated typescript draft, undated
14 51 "A Recent Exhibit of Negro Art," annotated typescript draft, undated
14 52 "A Recent Exhibit of Negro Art," photocopy of typescript draft, undated
14 53 "Recent Trends in Negro Art," annotated typescript draft, undated
15 1 "Review of the Corcoran Bicentennial Exhibition," annotated typescript draft, undated
15 2 "Robert S. Duncanson and His Contemporaries," annotated typescript draft, 1950 April 30
15 3 Robert S. Duncanson, Midwestern Romantic-Realist, annotated typescript draft fragments, undated [1 of 2]
15 4 Robert S. Duncanson, Midwestern Romantic-Realist, annotated typescript draft fragments, undated [2 of 2]
15 5 Robert S. Duncanson, Midwestern Romantic-Realist, typescript drafts, 1951
15 6 Robert S. Duncanson, Midwestern Romantic-Realist, Chapter 2: The Early Paintings, annotated typescript draft, 1950 April 30
15 7 "The Romantic Tradition in Modern Art," annotated typescript draft, undated
15 8 "The Spiritual and Cultural Heritage of the Negro," typescript draft, undated
15 9 "The Status of the Arts in Independent Communities of Black Africa," typescript draft, 1965 November 17
15 10 "'Temperate' and 'Tropical': Two Modes of Art Seen at Dakar," typescript drafts, undated
15 11 "Theory of Education," handwritten notes, undated
15 12 "Toward an American Aesthetic which Includes Afro-American Art," annotated typescript draft, undated
15 13 "Tradition and Innovation in College Art Education," annotated typescript drafts, undated
15 14 "The Trans-Cultural Affinities of African Art," typescript draft, undated
15 15 Unidentified handwritten draft fragments, undated
15 16 "Visual Tri-Dimensionality," annotated typescript drafts, undated
15 17 "Visual Tri-Dimensionality," handwritten draft, undated
15 18 "West African Architecture," handwritten notes, undated
Poems
15 19 "Autumn Technique," typescript draft, undated
15 20 "Battle Hymn," typescript drafts, undated
15 21 "Chips," typescript draft, undated
15 22 "Contemplation," typescript drafts, undated
15 23 "The Creditor," typescript draft, undated
- - "Crusader's Vow," handwritten drafts, undated [see "An Ideal," handwritten drafts, undated]
- - "Crusader's Vow," typescript drafts, undated [see "An Ideal," typescript drafts, undated]
15 24 Dialogue between The Pharisee and The Lord, handwritten draft, undated
15 25 Dialogue between The Pharisee and The Lord, typescript drafts, undated
15 26 "An Enigma," typescript drafts, undated
15 27 "Fragment," typescript drafts, undated
15 28 "An Ideal," handwritten drafts, undated
15 29 "An Ideal," typescript drafts, undated
15 30 "In Memoriam," typescript drafts, undated
15 31 "Innocence," typescript drafts, undated
15 32 "The Maid and the Knight," typescript draft, 1932
15 33 "A Morning Duly Ordered," typescript draft, undated
15 34 "Nature Inspires," typescript draft, undated
15 35 "Now October's Grief," typescript draft, undated
15 36 "Nuptial Calendar," typescript draft, undated
15 37 "Ode to Egypt," typescript drafts, undated
15 38 "The Old Avowal," typescript draft, undated
15 39 "Once on a Hill," typescript draft, undated
15 40 "One Species," typescript draft, undated
15 41 "Our Little Sister," typescript drafts, 1933 September 13
15 42 "Poet's Song," typescript draft, undated
- - "Premonition," handwritten drafts, undated [see "An Ideal," handwritten drafts, undated]
- - "Premonition," typescript drafts, undated [see "An Ideal," typescript drafts, undated]
15 43 "The Question," typescript draft, undated
15 44 "Revelation," typescript drafts, undated
15 45 "So Clear the Flight," typescript draft, undated
15 46 "Song of Action," typescript drafts, 1933 May
15 47 "Suicide," typescript draft, undated
15 48 "Summer Porch," typescript draft, undated
15 49 "Sun-Gone," typescript draft, undated
15 50 "Thotmes Speech," typescript drafts, undated
15 51 Unidentified poems, handwritten drafts, undated
15 52 Unidentified poems, typescript drafts, undated
16 1 "Voice," typescript draft, undated
16 2 "Winter," typescript drafts, undated
Notebooks and sketchbooks
16 3 Notebook, 1925 February-1934 December
16 4 Notebook, 1931 July-August
16 5 Notebook, 1968
16 6 Notebook, undated [1 of 2]
16 7 Notebook, undated [2 of 2]
BV1 - Notebook, poetry and prose, drafts and notes, 1928-1929
16 8 Notebook, poetry and prose, drafts and notes, typescripts, 1928-1929
16 9 "Notes for A.M.A. article," handwritten notes, undated
16 10 "Notes on Negro Art: Philadelphia--Located at Bethel A.M.E. Church," handwritten notes, undated
16 11 "Notes on the social compulsions and aesthetics of African Negro art," typed notes with handwritten comments, undated
16 12 Sketch, "Primitive Bathers," undated
16 13 Sketchbook, abstract sketches, undated [1 of 2]
16 14 Sketchbook, abstract sketches, undated [2 of 2]
16 15 Sketchbook, animal and human sketches, undated
OP2 - Sketchbook, animal sketches, undated
16 16 Sketchbook, boat, landscape, and human figure sketches, undated
16 17 Sketchbook, building and landscape sketches, undated
16 18 Sketchbook, face and portrait sketches, undated
16 19 Sketchbook, full body sketches, undated
16 20 Sketchbook, human and boat sketches, undated
16 21 Sketchbook, human figure sketches, 1926 [1 of 2]
17 1 Sketchbook, human figure sketches, 1926 [2 of 2]
OP3 - Sketchbook, human figure sketches and watercolor paintings, undated
17 2 Sketchbook, hunting and fishing sketches, undated
17 3 Sketchbook, landscape and human figure sketches, undated
17 4 Sketchbook, landscape sketches and crayon drawings, undated
17 5 Sketchbook, Mickey Mouse and horse sketches, undated
17 6 Sketchbook, portrait sketches, undated [1 of 2]
17 7 Sketchbook, portrait sketches, undated [2 of 2]
17 8 Sketches, cat and human figure sketches, circa 1926
OP4 - Sketches, pencil and crayon sketches and watercolor paintings, undated
17 9 Unidentified handwritten notes, undated
17 10 Unidentified handwritten notes, English and French language, undated [1 of 2]
17 11 Unidentified handwritten notes, English and French language, undated [2 of 2]
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