The JWJ Collection also houses papers of several important visual artists. The Carl Van Vechten Papers include not only the iconic portraits of Harlem Renaissance figures from Zora Neale Hurston to Nella Larsen to Langston Hughes by the writer, photographer, and Harlem Renaissance Patron; the Papers also his include Van Vechten’s lesser-known photographic explorations of urban space. For example, Van Vechten’s photographs of Harlem and Philadelphia offer a window into early 20th-century urban life. The Mary A. Bell Drawings are a collection of one hundred drawings made by the African American artist Mary Bell between 1936-1939. Bell’s drawings feature glamorously dressed and accessorized women and men engaged in courtship activities, or women in domestic or garden settings.