Meet Ms. Elma Lewis
Elma Ina Lewis was born and raised in Boston and lived there until her death in 2004. In her lifetime she founded three arts institutions in Boston: The Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts in 1950, the National Center of Afro-American Artists in 1968, and the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists in 1969. Elma Lewis's life's work was devoted to supporting the development and promotion of Afro-Centric performing and visual artists and art. Her impact in Boston's Black community, arts community, and beyond is still felt today.
Researching Elma Lewis's life and career
In the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections you can find the records of Elma Lewis's vast legacy through her own personal papers as well as the records of each institution she founded. We have the following collections that document her life and work in Boston:
Use the top menu of this guide to navigate to a page devoted to each collection that documents a portion of Ms. Elma Lewis's life's work. Each page will provide information on the collection, what it holds, and if there are any digitized materials from the collection available for viewing.
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