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William Henry Jackson papers

Identifier: AMN 1064

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters from Charleston artist and mentor, Alfred Hutty and his wife Bessie and also Jean Flemming. There are also his diplomas, resumes, teaching certificates, newspaper clippings about Jackson’s artwork, and miscellaneous letters dealing with fellowships as well as prizes and sales of his art. There is one watercolor dated 1948 signed Jackson and Merton Simpson. Also included is an advertisement for one of his shows and an original self -portrait in black and white.


  • Creation: 1930-1991


Biographical Note

Born in Charleston on September 22nd, 1930, William Henry Jackson graduated from Burke Industrial School in 1949 and was encouraged by local white artists such as Alfred Hutty and Jean Flemming. After two years of service in the Army he graduated from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1961 and then moved to the Northeast Where he taught in New York high schools and exhibited his artwork as well as directed the Sharon Creative Arts Foundation in Connecticut with his wife Rhea.


0.1 linear feet (1 box)

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William Henry Jackson of Charleston, South Carolina was an African- American artist and a graduate of The Art Institute of Chicago. He was encouraged and supported by various white artists and this collection summarizes his professional journey and achievements through resumes, diplomas, correspondence, fellowship letters and invitation from art galleries in S and Connecticut. The collection also consists on his art work and art collections.

William Henry Jackson Papers
Sarah Berry
April 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture Repository

125 Bull Street
Charleston South Carolina 29424 United States