Artist Sarah Blakeslee

Source: Daily Reflector Negative Collection, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #741

Staff Person: Maury York

Description:

Sarah Blakeslee (1912-2005) studied art at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. In 1936 she married her former teacher at the PAFA, Francis Speight. The Speights moved from Pennsylvania to Greenville in 1961, where Francis accepted a position as artist in residence at East Carolina College. Sarah taught classes at local art centers, including the one in Greenville, and developed a solid reputation for her landscapes, still lifes, and portraits. Here she shows paintings that were to appear in an exhibition at the Greenville Art Center. The photograph, dated January 29, 1963, is from the Daily Reflector Negative Collection. To see the finding aid for this collection, go to Manuscript Collection #741. More than 7,000 images from the Daily Reflector Negative Collection are available at http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/reflector/.

Mrs. Speight's artwork

Mrs. Speight's artwork

Lucy Cherry Crisp

Source: Lucy Cherry Crisp Papers, 1794-1972, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #154

Staff Person: Maury York

Description:

Lucy Cherry Crisp (1899-1977), a native of Edgecombe County, N.C., studied music at the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina and later studied at Boston University, Columbia University, and Radcliffe College. During her career she taught music, worked for religious organizations, penned a column for the Raleigh News and Observer, and directed art galleries and museums in Greenville, Raleigh, and Florence, S.C. In the 1930s, Miss Crisp met George Washington Carver. They corresponded for many years, and Miss Crisp spent considerable time on a biography of Carver that was never published. This photograph, taken circa 1940, shows Miss Crisp with her portrait bust of Dr. Carver. The Lucy Cherry Crisp Papers document her varied career.

Miss Lucy Cherry Crisp with her bust of Dr. Geroge Washington Carver

Miss Lucy Cherry Crisp with her bust of Dr. Geroge Washington Carver

Watercolor Self-portrait of A. R. Ammons

Source:

Watercolor portrait

Watercolor portrait

Overcash-Wright Literary Collection: A. R. Ammons Papers, 1935, 1937, 1944-1988, 2007, East Carolina Manuscript Collection, #1096

Staff Person: Maury York

Description:

Through the generosity of Reid and Susan Overcash of Raleigh and East Carolina University’s Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, the Joyner Library acquired in 2007 an important collection of the papers of A. R. [Archie Randolph] Ammons (1926-2001). A native of Columbus County, N.C., Ammons discovered his gift for poetry as an adult. He taught poetry at Cornell University beginning in 1964 and wrote nearly thirty volumes of poetry. Ammons won many important prizes for his work, including the National Book Award and the American Poetry Society’s Robert Frost Medal. This watercolor self-portrait, painted in 1977, is one of a dozen watercolors by Ammons in the Ammons Papers.

Christmas Card by William Meade Prince, 1950

Source: Inglis Fletcher Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection 21.17.e

Staff Person: Maury York

Description:

The image on this Christmas card was drawn by William Meade Prince (1893-1951), an illustrator and author who lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Prince studied art at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. Prince illustrated articles in such magazines as Collier’s and Saturday Evening Post and later taught art at the University of North Carolina. He wrote and illustrated The Southern Part of Heaven (1950), a book about his youth in Chapel Hill. Prince probably knew best-selling novelist Inglis Fletcher, to whom the card was sent, through their participation in such groups as the North Carolina Writers Conference. The Inglis Fletcher Papers contain a wealth of information about her career and the work of other North Carolina writers.

You may access the finding aid to the Inglis Fletcher Papers at: Manuscript Collection #21

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Christmas Card by William Meade Prince, 1950

Christmas Card by William Meade Prince, 1950