Augusta Savage photograph collection

Collection Data

Collection depicts sculptor Augusta Savage at work and in social gatherings, and views of some of her work, from the 1930s to the 1940s.
Savage, Augusta, 1892-1962 (Artist)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1935 - 1949 (Approximate)
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division
Shelf locator: Sc Photo Augusta Savage Collection
Content: Collection contains work by James L. Allen, Morgan and Marvin Smith, and others Some photographs bear photographer's handstamp on verso; some items bear photographer's blind stamp on recto. Some items bear handwritten notations on verso; one image bears typewritten label attached to recto; one item bears printed caption attached to recto. Some items bear inscriptions
Biographical/historical: Augusta Savage (1892-1962) was an African-American sculptor and art educator who, during the 1920s to mid-1940s, became recognized as a prominent and well-honored artist, a community leader in promoting and teaching art in Harlem, and, in 1937, the first director of the Harlem Community Arts Center
Citation/reference: Forms part of the Augusta Savage Papers
Content: The collection consists of Savage's passport photograph (ca. 1931); a view of Savage in her workshop (ca. 1937) working on the sculpture "The Harp," also known as "Lift Every Voice and Sing," that was commissioned for the 1939 New York World's Fair; at the opening of the Salon of Contemporary Negro Art, in Harlem (1939), which includes civic leader Channing Tobias, artist Selma Burke, poet Max Eastman and composer W. C. Handy; and in a group portrait with a visiting group from the Chicago Institute for the Blind (1940). Also depicted are views of Savage's sculpture, including "Realization" (1934); a model of "The Harp" (ca. 1938); a garden sculpture modelled after musical prodigy Philippa Duke Schuyler (1937), who is also depicted with the sculpture (1938); the unfinished "After The Glory" (n.d.); "Pumbaa" (n.d.); a bust titled "Leonora" (1935); some other busts, mostly unidentified and undated; and a plaque to Rev. John W. Robinson (ca. 1943). Also included are a snapshot of three unidentified women, and two studio portraits inscribed "from spiritual daughter" Murcie (n.d.).
Physical Description
Gelatin silver prints
Extent: 7 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 22 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 29 items (.2 cubic ft., 1 box)
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15994469
Other local Identifier: Sc MG 731
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): fe2ce2d0-c604-012f-2cb3-58d385a7bc34
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