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Collection Title: Shahn (Ben) Lithographs
Accession Number: AM 96-19
Inclusive Dates: 1964
Volume: 3 items
Given By: Donated by Ms. Shirley Payne.
Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).
Form of Material:
Ben Shahn was an important American artist who created these lithographs of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman, the three civil rights workers murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi in June 1964 at the beginning of what would be called 'Mississippi Freedom Summer'.
The three matted and framed lithographs are done in black ink on white paper with the subjects' names in red and signed by the artist. They are believed to have been based on the photographs that appeared on the F.B.I. wanted posters which were distributed until the men's bodies were found buried in an earthen dam in August. Identical lithographs are part of Shahn's 1965 "Nine Drawings" portfolio.
They were purchased by Mr. Dennis Horn of Jackson, Mississippi at an auction held by the Mississippi American Civil Liberties Union in December 1995 and donated to the USM Archives in 1996 by his wife, Ms. Shirley Payne, a Jackson attorney who represented plaintiffs who had filed suit to open the State Sovereignty Commission records in the Mississippi Department of History.
Copies of books of the works of Ben Shahn are available in the Cook and McCain Libraries:
Rodman, Selden, Portrait of the Artist as an American; Ben Shahn: A Biography with Pictures (New York: Harper, 1951), call number ND237.S465 R6 (Cook).
Reid, Alastair, Ounce, Dice, Trice, drawings by Ben Shahn (Boston: Little, Brown, 1958), call number PR6035.E4 O8 (Cook, McCain).
Samstag, Nicholas, Kay-Kay Comes Home, drawings by Ben Shahn (New York: Obolensky, 1962), call number PZ7.S18 Kay5 (Cook).
Maximus of Tyre: On the Dispute about Images / Caligraphed, Illustrated and with an Introduction by Ben Shahn (New York: Pantheon Books, 1964, c1963), call number BV150 .M38 1964 (McCain).
Prescott, Kenneth Wade, The Complete Graphic Works of Ben Shahn (New York: Quadrangle, 1973), call number NE539.S4 P73 1973 (Cook).
Prescott, Kenneth Wade, Prints and Posters of Ben Shahn (New York: Dover Publications, 1982), call number N6537.S5 A4 1982 (Cook).
Reid, Alastair, Ounce, Dice, Trice, drawings by Ben Shahn (New York: H.N. Abrams Inc., 1991), call number PN6163 .R4 1991 (McCain).