Collection ID:
Andrews, Benny, 1930-2006
Physical Description:
5 Microfilm reels

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This microfilm collection of Benny Andrews papers includes autobiographical notes; family, general, and business correspondence; clippings; exhibition catalogs and announcements; notebooks with drawings; sketchbooks; and photographs.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Benny Andrews (1930-2006) was an African American painter and educator in New York, N.Y. After graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1958, he moved to New York to continue his art career. In 1962 he had his first solo exhibition at Forum Gallery. Throughout his career, Andrews developed a reputation as a socially-minded artist and he was an advocate for greater visibility for African American artists in the art world. He led art education programs for underserved students and taught at Queens College through the 1990s, and also served as the Director of the Visual Arts Program for the National Endowment for the Arts from 1982 to 1984. Andrews also co-founded the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition, which demanded greater visibility for people of color in art musuems and in 1969 protested the Harlem On My Mind: Cultural Capital of Black America, 1900-1968 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels N68-76 & N68-77, N68-81 through N68-83 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibray loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals returned to the lender Benny Andrews after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming 1968 by Benny Andrews.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

Related Materials
Emory University Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library holds the Benny Andrews papers, 1940-2006.

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Repository Contact
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