The John Rhoden papers contain the most comprehensive body of information on the life and work of John Rhoden. The papers document every period of Rhoden's career and include sketchbooks, drawings, correspondence, and materials related to his exhibitions and commissions, as well as an extensive collection of photographs that document the artist's professional and personal life--artworks, art commissions, studio and home on 23 Cranberry Street in Brooklyn, New York, and international travels.
"We are honored and grateful to the NEH for this opportunity to highlight an important archival collection that documents a historically under-recognized artist," said Hoang Tran, project director and PAFA's Director of Archives. "The Rhoden papers are among the most significant and visually-rich archives ever to be acquired by PAFA."
Thanks to the support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the entire collection has been processed and properly rehoused. In addition, a majority of the archival holdings have been digitized and catalogued and are now digitally accessible to the greater public as a result of this generous support.
Hoang Tran served as Project Director and oversaw the completion of the project in its entirety. Dr. Brittany Webb provided her curatorial expertise on Rhoden's artistic career and supported the team with important contextual information. Kelin Baldridge with support from Jahna Auerbach led all daily activities which included the physical processing, digitizing, cataloging, and rehousing of the collection as well as assisting Dr. Webb with curatorial research.
A majority of the information found on the John Rhoden Digital Archives was researched, compiled, and written by Kelin and Jahna. Their deep dive into the collection during the digitizing and cataloging phase of the project helped the team to not only learn more about Rhoden, but about the different countries he traveled to during the 20th century. Unique insights about certain topics can be found in the Project's Blog Series as well.
The John Rhoden Digital Archives was curated by Kelin Baldridge, Jahna Auerbach, and Hoang Tran; organized and designed by Hoang Tran.
Project Director & Director of Archives
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