Fri., December 21, 2012 12:00pm (EST)

Emory Opens Access To Artist-Activist's Papers
By Associated Press
Updated: 1 year ago

ATLANTA  —  
Edwin Harleston painted this "Portrait of Elise Forrest" around 1920. The artist and civil rights activist’s family papers are now open to researchers and the public at Emory University. The papers are in Emory's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, which houses papers from artists, art historians and art collectors. (Image courtesy of Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.)
Edwin Harleston painted this "Portrait of Elise Forrest" around 1920. The artist and civil rights activist’s family papers are now open to researchers and the public at Emory University. The papers are in Emory's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, which houses papers from artists, art historians and art collectors. (Image courtesy of Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.)
The family papers of artist and civil rights activist Edwin Harleston are now open to researchers and the public at Emory University.

The papers are in Emory's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, which houses papers from artists, art historians and art collectors.

The Harleston collection includes the papers of Harleston and his wife, Elise, one of the first black female photographers. Among the correspondence are letters between Edwin and W.E.B. Du Bois, his mentor and professor during his time at Atlanta University, and personal letters between Harleston and his wife.

Other materials include duplicates and slides of some of Edwin's portraits and drawings, as well as sketchbooks and loose sketches, and his notes and manuscripts for his traveling lecture series created during the Depression when portrait commissions were scarce.