Archives of American Art

John Thomas Biggers art works

Collection ID:
Biggers, John Thomas, 1924-
Physical Description:
1 Microfilm reel

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This microfilm collection consists of sketches, drawings, and five prints by African American artist John Thomas Biggers and date from 1940 to 1967. It includes studies for Dying Soldier, Preacher Mural, Web of Life, and other murals, as well as a family portrait dated 1948.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
John Thomas Biggers (1924-2001) was an African American painter, muralist, and educator in Houston, Texas. He founded the art department at Texas Southern University in 1949, serving as director until 1983. Biggers also wrote Ananse: the Web of Life in Africa, published in 1962.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 3027 available for use through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals returned to Dr. John Biggers after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming 1981 by Dr. John Thomas Biggers.

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
The Emory University Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library holds the John Biggers papers, 1950-2001

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Mural painting and decoration -- United States Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Muralists -- Texas -- Houston Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Texas -- Houston Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American artists Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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