Scope and Contents
The papers of African American sculptor, painter, and land artist Beverly Buchanan measure 18.7 linear feet and 1.07 gigabytes, and date from 1912 to 2017 with the bulk of the material dating from the 1970s to the 1990s. The collection contains biographical material; correspondence; writings; and exhibition and project files, including audiovisual documentation from Bernice Steinbaum Gallery/Steinbaum Krauss Gallery. Material related to professional activities; personal business records; printed material; scrapbooks; photographic material, including photograph albums; and artwork are also found in the collection.
The Beverly Buchanan papers contain biographical material including address books, calendars, awards and education certificates, identification documents, family history research material, and a recorded interview with Marcia Yerman for Women in Art; correspondence with friends and colleagues including Lucy Lippard and Lowery Stokes Sims, and with galleries and museums such as Bernice Steinbaum Gallery/Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, the Georgia Museum of Art, and the High Museum of Art. Also included are writings such as artist's statements, journals and notebooks, notes, and writings by others about Beverly Buchanan; exhibition and project files including audiovisual documentation from Bernice Steinbaum Gallery and Steinbaum Krauss Gallery of various exhibitions; material related to professional activities including teaching files and grant and fellowship applications; personal business records such as sales and consignment records; printed material including clippings, exhibition and event announcements and catalogs, magazines, posters, a video recording of A World of Art profile, and other published material; and scrapbooks, including one documenting Buchanan's City Walls series, containing primarily photographs and artwork with some printed material. The collection also contains photographic material including photographs, snapshots, negatives, and photograph albums; and artwork including sketchbooks, drawings, folded cardboard artwork, and illustrated cards.
There is a 0.4 linear feet unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2021. Included is a betacam recording of Buchanan sculpture, August 27, 1986; a VHS recording of "Brothers in Clay: The Story of Georgia Folk Pottery," undated; a VHS "A World of Art: Works in Progress: Beverly Buchanan," Episode #5, The Annenberg/ CPB Collection; a VHS featuring Mary Lou Furcron, Lisa Lemaistre, Judy McWillie, May 9, 1987; a cassette recording of Beverly Buchanan Crossroads, February 1990; a CD of a Buchanan talk, May 9, 1990; a DVD (untitled); a DVD interview with Buchanan, October 30-31; a DVD of "A World of Art," 1996 and "Beverly Buchanan: Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Museum of Arts and Science, Macon, GA." Material dates from 1986-1996.