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Perry, Regenia, 1970 - 1977

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Scope and Contents

Art historian Regenia Perry spoke on 10/4/1977 (2015-0002/RR24) and 11/30/1970 (2015-0002/RR248).

Perry taught one of the first African-American Art history courses at a traditionally white institution (Virginia Commonwealth Institution). Receiving her PhD in Art History from The University of Pennsylvania, Perry became the first African American woman to hold a doctorate in art, and the first African American to hold a doctorate in American art.


  • 1970 - 1977

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Links to digitized content are included in the finding aid.

Biographical / Historical

Regenia Alfreda Perry, African American art historian, was born in 1941 in Virgilina, Virginia. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia State College (now Virginia State University) in 1961, and went to Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University) in Cleveland, Ohio, where she received a Ph.D. in Art History in 1966. Perry is the first African American woman to hold doctorates in art history and American art. She has published books on African American art, including James Van Der Zee, Photographer (1973), The Folk Tradition in Black American Art (1975), Black Folk Art in America (with John Beardsley, 1982), and Harriet Powers Bible Quilts (1994). She also has taught at numerous colleges and universities, including Howard University (Washington, D.C.), though the majority of her professorial career was spent at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, Virginia). Perry also founded Raven Arts, an art consulting firm that represents African American folk artists.

[From finding aid of the Regenia Papers, Emory University,]


2 Reels (Magnetic tape audio recordings ) : RR 24 1 reel, Side A-1:04:35, Side B-0:13:28 ; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. RR 248 1 reel, 0:56:08; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester.

Language of Materials

From the Series: English