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Jerry Wilson Sketchbook

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 18 Dec 2020

Biographical History

Jerry Wilson (the artist) and many of the subjects of the drawings contained in the book appear to have been students at Savannah State College in the 1970s. He may be Jerry Garfield Wilson, mentioned in the 1968 Tiger's Roar (the SSC yearbook) as having exhibited artwork and "received a $500 scholarship from the Savannah chapter of the N.C.A.", the National Conference of Artists. Jerry Garfield Wilson is also mentioned in the 1971 Tiger's Roar as being a member of the Men's Glee Club.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Jerry Wilson Sketchbook consists of approximately 130 pages filled with sketches, mostly of people. All of the subjects appear to be African-American. Medium is mostly pencil, a few are in pen, and one self-portrait in watercolor. Many of the sketches are signed by Wilson and in many cases by the subject as well. One appears to be a portrait of Wilson signed by another artist. Many are dated. Taken as a whole, the sketches provide a glimpse of Black student life in the 1970s.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Wilson, Jerry [Garfield?]

Corporate Bodies

Savannah State College (Ga.)


African American artists.
African American college students.


Savannah (Ga.)

Genres and Forms

Drawings (visual works)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Jerry [Garfield?] Wilson Sketchbook,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2020.

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