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Name of Creator:Elma Ina Lewis.
Title:Elma Ina Lewis papers
Date:1917-1998
Reference Code:M38
Location Code:69/1, FF4/D6
Extent:10.39 cubic ft. (12 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection spans 1917-1998 and documents her family background, education, and professional activities.
Historical Abstract:Elma Lewis was born on September 15, 1921 in Boston, Mass. She taught dance, drama, and speech therapy, and established the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts in 1950, the National Center of Afro-American Artists in 1968, and the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists in 1969.
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Arrangement:Organized into 2 series: 1. Personal and 2. Professional Files.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Lewis, Elma
  • Lewis, Clairmont
  • Lewis, Edwardine

  • Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts
  • National Center of Afro-American Artists. Museum

  • African American women teachers -- Massachusetts -- Boston

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

National Center of Afro-American Artists records (M42), Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts records (M43), and Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists records (M44)

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Michelle Maing. This collection was processed with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission., August 1999