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Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists records

 Collection
Identifier: M044

Scope and Content Note

The collection documents the administration and personnel of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists; its active role in educating and promoting the history of African and Afro-American fine arts to children and adults; the museum's exhibitions and collection of African, Caribbean, and Afro-American fine arts; and other international, national, and local organizations related to African and Afro-American arts.  A highlight of this collection is the Acquisitions and Exhibits series which documents the process of collecting artwork and organizing and promoting the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists' exhibits.

Visual materials and materials documenting the museum's fund-raising activities, financial operations, and public relations are found in the National Center of Afro-American Artists records (M42).

Dates

  • 1966-1998

Creator

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.

Historical Note

Established in 1969 as a division of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists is an art museum dedicated to the education, promotion, exhibition, and collection of African, Caribbean, and Afro- American fine arts worldwide.  It is one of only two Afro-American art museums in the United States, and it is the only art museum in New England dedicated exclusively to African, Caribbean, and Afro American fine arts.  The museum's collection includes prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, sculpture, and artifacts of African masks and terra cottas.

The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists has offered educational programs to promote and teach the history of Afro-American fine arts to children and adults, including a lecture series, art camps, internships, a Kids' Fair, and the Mobile Museum, an innovative educational program of the 1970s, that brought artwork to public school children.

Exhibitions have included such topics as the contemporary art of Senegal, Jamaican art, Christian art in Ethiopia, and a retrospective of Allan Rohan Crite's work. Since 1969 the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists has had an association with the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, Mass.).  Their first collaborative exhibit in 1970, Afro-American Artists: New York and Boston, was at that time the largest and most comprehensive exhibition on the work of contemporary Afro-American artists shown to the American public.  In 1980 the museum moved from 122 Elm Hill Avenue to its new location at 300 Walnut Avenue, Roxbury, Massachusetts.  In 1994 the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists opened its first permanent exhibition, Aspelta: A Nubian King's Burial Chamber.

Extent

8.15 cubic feet (10 containers)

Overview

Established in 1969 as a division of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists is an art museum dedicated to the education, promotion, exhibition, and collection of African, Caribbean, and Afro-American fine arts worldwide.

Overview

The collection documents the administration of the museum; its role in arts education to children and adults; and its exhibitions and collection of African, Caribbean, and Afro-American fine arts. The collection also documents the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists' promotion of African and Afro-American fine arts, and its relationship and collaborations with other international, national and local artists and arts organizations.

System of Arrangement:

Organized into 4 series: 1. Administration; 2. Director's Files; 3. Acquisitions and Exhibits; and 4. Events and Programs.

Physical Location

69/3-4

Bibliography

  • Exhibits: Treasures from the Museum, Box 5
  • Museum Web site. (http://www.afamnet.com/ncaaamuseum/)
Title
Finding aid for the Museum of the National Center of Afro-America Artists Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Michelle Maing
Date
August 1999
Language of description
Description is in English.
Sponsor
This collection was processed with partial funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
92 Snell Library
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US