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Jacob Lawrence Papers

Summary Information
Title: Jacob Lawrence Papers
Dates: 1971-1976
Creator: Lawrence, Jacob
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1454
The Jacob Lawrence papers consist of production materials associated with two titles.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

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Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.


Aesop's Fables, 1976

Harriet and the Promised Land, 1971

Biographical Sketch

Lawrence is among the best-known twentieth century African American painters, a distinction shared with Romare Bearden. Born in 1917 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Lawrence was thirteen when he moved with his mother, sister and brother to New York City. His mother enrolled him in classes at an arts and crafts settlement house in Harlem, in an effort to keep him busy. The young Lawrence often drew patterns with crayons. Although much of his work copied his mother's carpets, an art teacher there noted great potential in Lawrence. In 1970 Lawrence settled in Seattle, Washington and became an art professor at the University of Washington. Some of his works are now displayed there in the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering and in Meany Hall for the Performing Arts. The piece in the main lobby of Meany Hall, entitled "Theatre", was commissioned by the University for the hall in 1985. Lawrence was honored as an artist, teacher, and humanitarian when the NAACP awarded him the Spingarn Medal in 1970 for his outstanding achievements. In 1974 the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York held a major retrospective of his work, and in 1983 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1998 he received Washington State's highest honor, The Washington Medal of Merit. He was awarded the US National Medal of the Arts in 1990. He died on June 9, 2000.

Biographical Source: , 2008

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Jacob Lawrence papers consist of production material associated with two titles.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Lawrence, Jacob
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Aesop's Fables 1976 
Note  New York: Windmill Books, 1976
Box MF1303
typescript (14 p.)  Box MF1303
reviews (3 p.)  Box MF1303
correspondence (16 p.)  Box MF1303
biographical information (4 p.)  Box MF1303
Harriet and the Promised Land 1971 
Note  New York: Windmill Books, 1971
Box MF1255
reviews (41 p.)  Box MF1255
correspondence (47 p.)  Box MF1255
biographical information (2 p.)  Box MF1255
typescript (10 p.)  Box MF1255