SITE_KEY_skipToMainContentText



Descriptive inventory for the Archibald J. Motley, Jr., papers and photographs collection, 1894-2004, bulk 1920-1990

Archibald J. Motley, Jr. papers and photographs

1 of 2
Open Finding Aid

Descriptive inventory for the Archibald J. Motley, Jr., papers and photographs collection, 1894-2004, bulk 1920-1990

Prepared by Keir McCoy, 2014
  
Please address questions to:
Chicago History Museum, Research Center
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
Web-site: http://libguides.chicagohistory.org/research
Catalog: http://chsmedia.org
E-mail: research@chicagohistory.org
Instructions for accessing this collection
  

Collection Overview +/-

Title: Archibald J. Motley, Jr. papers and photographs, 1894-2004 (inclusive), 1920-1990 (bulk)
Creators: Archibald J. Motley, Jr., 1891-1981
Valerie Gerrard Browne
Dates: 1894-2004 (inclusive), 1920-1990 (bulk)
Accession number: 2013.0001.1
Bib number: 00064579
Call numbers: MSS Lot M
OMM 87
Size: 7.5 linear feet (18 boxes), 17 sound cassettes (original), 1 VHS cassette (original)
Language of material:Collection is written in English, and French.

Provenance statement:

Materials were a gift of Valerie Gerrard Browne (2013.0001.1).

Terms governing use:

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

For audio-visual listening or viewing, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original (and to have a use-copy made if one is not available).

Please cite this collection as:

Archibald J. Motley, Jr., papers and photographs collection (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Motley family photograph collection (1981.0068), the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters certificate of membership issued to Archibald J. Motley, 1929; the published book that accompanied a retrospective exhibition of Motley paintings organized by Chicago Historical Society in 1991, and other materials.

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence, publications, manuscripts, photocopies of sketches and sketchbooks, photographs, sound recordings, and a videocassette related to the life and work of Archibald J. Motley, Jr., a painter known for his portraiture and scenes of urban life. Included are his handwritten manuscript "The Negro in Art," documentation of his numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Foundation grant, items related to exhibitions in which he participated, and photographs. Mr. Motley and his wife and son resided in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago for many years. The collection includes a letter from the Englewood Property Restriction Association in 1928 asking the Motley family to sign a restrictive covenant.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Archibald J. Motley, Jr. (1891-1981) was a painter who became noted for his portraiture. He was one of the first African American artists to graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (graduating in 1918). He was honored over the years with such awards as a Guggenheim Fellowship, recognition from the White House for his artistic influence, and numerous prizes in Chicago, where he resided for most of his life. In 1928, he was the first African American artist to have a solo exhibition in a New York gallery. Motley also painted genre scenes depicting folk culture and urban life, a trend perhaps influenced by his work in the 1930s and 1940s with several New Deal public works programs. Motley continued to be active as an artist until his death in 1981.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
African American art--Exhibitions
African American artists--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
African American artists--Illinois--Chicago--Interviews
African American families--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Art, American--Illinois--Chicago--Exhibitions
Discrimination in housing--Illinois--Chicago--20th century. (box 4)
Painters--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Persons:
Abercrombie, Gertrude, 1909-1977--Portraits
Browne, Valerie Gerrard
Burroughs, Margaret Taylor, 1915-2010
Motley family--Portraits
Motley, Archibald J., Jr., 1934-2002
Motley, Archibald John, 1891-1981--Archives
Motley, Archibald John, 1891-1981--Criticism and interpretation
Motley, Archibald John, 1891-1981--Interviews
Motley, Archibald John, 1891-1981--Portraits
Motley, Edith Granzo, -1948
Motley, Willard, 1909-1965
Robinson, Jontyle Theresa
Weingartner, Fannia
Winkler, Cathy
Organizations:
Art Institute of Chicago. School--Alumni and alumnae
Art Institute of Chicago--Exhibitions
Chicago Historical Society--Exhibitions
Englewood High School (Chicago, Ill.)--Students
Genre/Form:
Audiocassettes
Audiotapes
Autobiographies
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Videocassettes
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Race relations--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
Englewood (Chicago, Ill.)--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in seven series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Honors and awards, 1916-1980 (box 1-2)
Series 2. Personal and family documents, 1894-2004 (box 2-8)
Series 3. Published materials and other documents, 1914-1981 (box 9-11)
Series 4. Exhibition documents, 1921-1991 (box 12-14)
Series 5. Sketch copies and miscellaneous materials, 1933-1974 (box 15)
Series 6. Photographs, 1882-1980 (box 16-17)
Series 7. Audio-visual materials, 1971-1976 (box 18)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Julie Wroblewski using Oxygen editor, 2015
Language: Finding aid is written in .
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to Explore Chicago Collections portal.
you wish to report:


...
Select the collections to add or remove from your search
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
 
OK