Allan Randall Freelon papers

Collection ID:
Freelon, Allan Randall, 1895-1960
Physical Description:
4.2 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of African American painter Allan Randall Freelon measure 4.2 linear feet and date from 1895-2008. The papers document Freelon's painting and teaching career and include correspondence with institutions Freelon was involved with as well as letters from colleagues; printed material; three scrapbooks containing letters to Freelon and newspaper clippings; three journals, a notebook, and two datebooks by Freelon; exhibition files; personal business records consisting of a handwritten list of works sold, 1930-1935, and material regarding the auction of Freelon's estate in 1997; photographs of family, classmates, colleagues, art work, exhibitions, and events; and artwork including three sketchbooks.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Allan Randall Freelon (1895-1960) was a an African American painter and teacher who worked in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated in 2019 by Nnenna Freelon, the widow of Phil Freelon, Allan Freelon's grandson, and their daughter, Maya Freelon as part of the Archives' African American Collecting Initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
African American artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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