Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.purinoah
Creators:
Purifoy, Noah, 1917-
Dates:
1935-1998
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2.1 Linear feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Noah Purifoy papers contain biographical material including a high school diploma (1935), awards, and curriculum vitae; personal and professional correspondence (1966-1998); lecture notes; outlines of programs for the California Arts Council (1976) and Artists-in-Education Summer Workshop (1977); publications; scrapbooks containing newspaper and magazine articles; exhibition catalogs and announcements; and photographs.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Noah Purifoy (1917-2004) was an African American sculptor, assemblage artist, and arts administrator in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California. He attended Alabama State Teachers College and Atlanta University and later earned a BFA from Chouinard Art Institute in 1954. Purifoy was a founding director of the Watts Towers Art Center in Los Angeles, California and a co-founder of the Watts Summer Festival. In 1989, Purifoy moved to the Mojave desert and constructed large scale assemblages and environmental sculptures which comprise what is now the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Sculpture Museum.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1998 by Noah Purifoy.

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

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Arts administrators -- California Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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California Arts Council Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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