Amistad Research Center

Elizabeth Catlett; Sharecropper; 1970. Image and original data provided by Amistad Research Center, Tulane University. Art © Estate of Elizabeth Catlett / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. This work of art is protected by copyright and/or related rights and may not be reproduced in any manner, except as permitted under the Artstor Digital Library Terms and Conditions of Use, without the prior express written authorization of VAGA, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2820, New York, NY 10118. Tel.: 212-736-6666, fax: 212-736-6767, email:

Artstor and the Amistad Research Center make available in the Digital Library nearly 300 images from the Center’s art collection, focusing on works by Harlem Renaissance masters from the Harmon Foundation.

The collection in Artstor includes the entirety of Jacob Lawrence's The Life of Toussaint L'Ouverture, the artist's first historical series, as well as the work of many other important African American artists such as Romare Bearden, Hale Woodruff, Aaron Douglas, and Elizabeth Catlett.

The Amistad Research Center is the nation's oldest, largest, and arguably most comprehensive independent archive specializing in the history of African Americans and other ethnic minorities. Its holdings include the papers of artists, educators, authors, business leaders, clergy, lawyers, factory workers, farmers, and musicians. The collection contains approximately 250,000 photographs dating from 1859, letters and original manuscripts from prominent Harlem Renaissance writers and poets, and more than 400 works of African and African American art, including works by several internationally renowned 19th and 20th-century African American masters donated by the Harmon Foundation.

In 1926, the Harmon Foundation began recognizing African-American achievements in music, the visual arts, literature, industry, education, race relations, and science. Two years later, the Foundation sponsored the first exhibition of works created exclusively by African-American artists. The Harmon Foundation's art collection was disbanded to Amistad and several historically Black colleges.