Charles Dawson Papers

Institution: DuSable Museum of African American History
Address:
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 773-947-0600
Fax: 773-947-0677
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Date: 1912-1980
Extent: 4 Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None
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Abstract
Biographical/Historical Note:
One of Chicago’s leading black artists and designers in the 1920s and ’30s, Charles Clarence Dawson is best known for his illustrated advertisements for beauty schools and products, such as Annie Malone’s Poro College and Valmor Products, which were targeted to the city’s burgeoning black population. Enterprising, self-assured and a tireless “Race Man,” Dawson made powerful contributions to the efforts of black artists in the city to achieve recognition.

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