Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006

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Photographer, author, filmmaker, and composer.

From the description of Gordon Parks papers, 1946-1991 (bulk 1960-1990). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70983811

Gordon Parker (1912-2006) was a filmmaker, author, photographer, and composer from New York, N.Y.

From the description of Oral history interview with Gordon Parks, 1964 Dec. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80507171

d. 2006.

From the description of Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. (Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)). WorldCat record id: 122344943

Biographical Note

  • 1912, Nov. 30: Born, Ft. Scott, Kans.
  • 1933: Married Sally Alvis (divorced 1961)
  • 1941: Awarded Julius Rosenwald Fellowship
  • 1941 - 1944 : Photographer, Farm Security Administration (later absorbed by the Office of War Information), Washington, D.C.
  • 1944 - 1948 : Freelance photographer, Glamour and Vogue
  • 1948: Published Camera Portraits: The Techniques and Principles of Documentary Portraiture. New York: Watts
  • 1948 - 1972 : Photographer, Life magazine
  • 1950: Photographer, Life magazine, Europe
  • 1960: Named Photographer of the Year, American Society of Magazine Photographers
  • 1961: Writer and director, Flavio (film)
  • 1963: Published The Learning Tree. New York: Harper and Row Married Elizabeth Campbell (divorced 1973)
  • 1966: Published A Choice of Weapons. New York: Harper and Row Received Notable Book Award, American Library Association, A Choice of Weapons
  • 1968: Published A Poet and His Camera. New York: Viking Press Received Emmy Award, best television documentary, Diary of a Harlem Family
  • 1969: Producer, director, and writer, The Learning Tree (film)
  • 1971: Published Born Black. Philadelphia: Lippincott Published Gordon Parks: Whispers of Intimate Things. New York: Viking Press Published In Love. Philadelphia: Lippincott Director, Shaft (film)
  • 1972: Director, Shaft's Big Score (film)
  • 1973: Married Genevieve Young (divorced 1979)
  • 1974: Director, The Super Cops (film)
  • 1975: Published Moments Without Proper Names. New York: Viking Press
  • 1976: Director, Leadbelly (film)
  • 1978: Published Flavio. New York: Norton
  • 1979: Published To Smile in Autumn: A Memoir. New York: Norton
  • 1981: Published Shannon. Boston: Little, Brown
  • 1984: Director, Solomon Northup's Odyssey (film)
  • 1988: Producer, Gordon Parks: Moments Without Proper Names (film) Awarded National Medal of Arts
  • 1989: Composer, Martin (ballet)
  • 1990: Published Voices in the Mirror: An Autobiography. New York: Doubleday
  • 1997: Published Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective. Boston: Bulfinch Press
  • 2000: Published A Star for Noon: An Homage to Women in Images, Poetry, and Music. Boston: Bulfinch Press
  • 2006, Mar. 7: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the Gordon Parks Papers, 1946-1991, (bulk 1960-1990), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Duncan, Patricia D. (Patricia DuBose), 1932-. [Patricia DuBose Duncan papers] University of Kansas Archives / MSS / Rare Books, Kenneth Spencer Research Library
creatorOf Semple, Lorenzo. The supercops : [screenplay] / producer, William S. Belasco ; director, Gordon Parks ; from the following writer, Lorenzo Semple, Jr. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn American Federation of Arts. American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993 (bulk 1909-1969). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Actors' Equity Association. Paul Robeson award ceremonies collection [sound recording], 1978-1996. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Parks, Gordon : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Frances Wolfson Art Gallery. Frances Wolfson Art Gallery records, 1973-1994. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Kingston Galleries, Inc,. Letters, 1846-1912. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Dept. of Education. Department of education : adult program files, 1974-1999 (bulk1986-1998). Hirsch Library Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
referencedIn Kevles, Barbara L. Barbara L. Kevles: Gordon Parks archives, ca. 1976-2001. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Parks, Gordon : Biographical file. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
referencedIn Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection. Harvard Film Archive, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Erskine, Albert, 1911-1993. Albert Erskine papers, 1930-1999. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Paul Robeson award ceremonies collection [sound recording], 1978-1996 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Patricia DuBose Duncan papers, circa 1900-2003 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
creatorOf Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006. Oral history interview with Gordon Parks, 1964 Dec. 30. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Rochester Institute of Technology,. Rochester Institute of Technology Honorary Degree records 1968-2007 RIT Library, Wallace Library
creatorOf Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006. Gordon Parks papers, 1946-1991 (bulk 1960-1990). Library of Congress
creatorOf Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Gordon Parks Papers, 1946-1991, (bulk 1960-1990) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn McFarlane, Bryan,. Black journalists, then & now [manuscript], 1986-1987. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Carrington, C. Glenn, 1904-1975,. African American artists exhibit announcements, 1927-1982. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Martin, Steven J. Martin, Steven J., photograph collection, 1974-1985. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Department of Education. Department of education files, 1950-2000. Hirsch Library Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
creatorOf Pollack, Peter, 1909-1978. Peter Pollack papers, 1945-1978. Getty Research Library
creatorOf Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006. The Gordon Parks collection, ca. 1968-2004 Pittsburg State University, Leonard H. Axe Library
creatorOf New African Visions. Songs of My People 1990-1994. Hirsch Library Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Actors' Equity Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Actors' Equity Association. Paul Robeson Award corporateBody
associatedWith American Federation of Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith Doud, Richard Keith person
associatedWith Duncan, Patricia D. (Patricia DuBose), 1932- person
associatedWith Erskine, Albert, 1911-1993. person
associatedWith Frances Wolfson Art Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Gordon Parks Archives in the Library of Congress. corporateBody
associatedWith Kevles, Barbara L. person
associatedWith King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968. person
associatedWith Kingston Galleries, Inc, corporateBody
associatedWith Leonard H. Axe Library. Special Collections. corporateBody
associatedWith Martin, Steven J. person
associatedWith McFarlane, Bryan, person
associatedWith Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Department of Education. corporateBody
associatedWith Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Dept. of Education. corporateBody
associatedWith New African Visions. corporateBody
associatedWith New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Pollack, Peter, 1909-1978. person
associatedWith Rochester Institute of Technology, corporateBody
associatedWith Semple, Lorenzo. person
associatedWith Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975. person
associatedWith United States. Farm Security Administration. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Subject
Photography
African American artists
Filmmakers--Interviews
American literature
Photography--United States
Motion pictures, American
Art and race
African American photographers--Biography
African American composers--Biography
Ballet--United States
African American authors--Biography
Documentary photography
Authors--Interviews
Ballet
Photographers--Interviews
Composers--Interviews
Occupation
Motion picture directors
Photographers
Composers
Authors
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Birth 1912-11-30

Death 2006-03-07

Americans

English

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