Douglass, Baldwin, Harrington: The Walter O. Evans Collections at Beinecke Library

Friday, January 26, 2024 to Sunday, July 7, 2024

An exhibition exploring extraordinary materials collected by Walter and Linda Evans now in the Beinecke’s care, “Douglass, Baldwin, Harrington” celebrates three towering figures of Black history, art and culture: Frederick Douglass, James Baldwin, and Ollie Harrington. The Evans collections together bring political and cultural history into close engagement with arts and letters. These collections and the figures they feature demonstrate powerful ways creative work may serve as a form of social justice advocacy in ways that continue to inspire. “Douglass, Baldwin, Harrington” honors Walter and Linda Evans and their work advocating for, documenting, and celebrating Black arts in America. Their ongoing leadership in public dialogue about the need for more inclusive American arts and cultural heritage collections, and for greater public access to the work of Black artists, serves as an inspiration to all of us.