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Creator: Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts.
Title:Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts records
Dates:1954-1992
Call Number:M43
Location:69/3-4, FF4/D5
Volume:14.35 cubic ft. (15 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts' founding, administration, and programming. Administrative responsibilities were assumed by the National Center of Afro-American Artists after its founding in 1968. Also included are materials documenting other national and local organizations related to African American culture in theater, music, dance, and the visual arts.
Historical Abstract:Founded by Elma Lewis in 1950, the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts was established to meet the social, cultural, and artistic needs of Boston's African American community. Lewis's goal was to foster the arts, not only in the local Roxbury-Dorchester community, but also in the African American community at large. The Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts offered education in art, dance, drama, music, and costuming to pre-school children, school-aged children and adults.
Arrangement:Organized into 4 series: 1. Administration; 2. Teaching Files; 3. Programs and Events, and 4. Correspondence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974
  • Lewis, Elma

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

  • African American arts -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • African American artists -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • African American dance -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • African American theater -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • African Americans -- Education -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Art centers -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Art -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Artists and museums -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Centers for the performing arts -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Prison theater -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Prisoners as artists -- Massachusetts -- Boston

Restrictions:Student and personnel records (box 2, folders 4, 34 and boxes 3-11) are closed for 75 years from the date of their creation.
Related Materials:

Elma Ina Lewis papers (M38), National Center of Afro-American Artists (M42), Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (M44)

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Michelle Maing, Processing of this collection was funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission., August 1999