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Tom Feelings artwork

 Collection
Call Number: JWJ MSS 74

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of original artwork, dummies, prints and posters documenting Tom Feelings's work as an artist and book illustrator. The collection includes the original artwork for The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo, which consists of 51 drawings, currently housed in 47 frames, created in mixed-media tempera, pen and tissue, heightened with white and collage; the artwork is accompanied by 11 text panels that were part of a traveling exhibition. Other book illustration projects documented in the collection include Now Sheba Sings the Song by Maya Angelou, Soul Looks Back in Wonder, and I Saw Your Face by Kwame Senu Neville Dawes. Also found are numerous portraits of women and children, as well as drawings of a Civil War soldier, New York City, and street scenes that document Feelings's early career as an artist.

Dates

  • 1958 - 2003

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Tom Feelings Artwork is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from William Reese Company on various funds, 2010.

Arrangement

Organized into four series: I. Original Artwork, 1959-2003. II. Dummies, 1987-1995. III. Prints. IV. Posters.

Extent

4.88 Linear Feet ((32 boxes) + 77 framed items, 11 broadside folders)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.feelings

Overview

The collection consists of original artwork, dummies, prints and posters documenting Tom Feelings's work as an artist and book illustrator. The collection includes the original artwork for The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo, which consists of 51 drawings, currently housed in 47 frames, created in mixed-media tempera, pen and tissue, heightened with white and collage; the artwork is accompanied by 11 text panels that were part of a traveling exhibition. Other book illustration projects documented in the collection include Now Sheba Sings the Song by Maya Angelou, Soul Looks Back in Wonder, and I Saw Your Face by Kwame Senu Neville Dawes. Also found are numerous portraits of women and children, as well as drawings of a Civil War soldier, New York City, and street scenes that document Feelings's early career as an artist.

Tom Feelings (1933-2003)

Tom Feelings, artist and illustrator, was best known for his book The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo (1995) which depicts life on the ships that brought slaves from Africa to America. Feelings was born in 1933, grew up in Brooklyn, and studied at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School and later at the School of Visual Arts. In addition to The Middle Passage, Feelings illustrated numerous books, including Now Sheba Sings the Song (1987) and Soul Looks Back in Wonder (1993), which were collaborations with Maya Angelou, and I Saw Your Face (2005), a collaboration with Kwame Senu Neville Dawes, which was published posthumously. He was also a professor of art at the University of South Carolina from 1989 to 1996. Feelings passed away in 2003.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

As part of basic processing carried out in 2010-2011, unframed artwork was housed in acid-free folders and boxes, while framed artwork was left in the frames. Descriptive information in the inventory below is drawn primarily from information supplied with the collection in the form of the auction catalog. The information about specific artwork has not been verified. It is supplied here in order to provide some level of access to the material within the collection.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Title
Guide to the Tom Feelings Artwork
Author
by Tina Evans and Jennifer Meehan
Date
2011
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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