Martin Petersilia Arts Collection, 1980-1989

Martin Petersilia Arts Collection, 1980-1989

Finding Aid

Collection No. 16 (2.5 Linear ft.)
D.C. Community Archives


Martin Petersilia donated his collection of items related to artists and arts organizations to the D.C. Public Library in 1989.  As an employee and volunteer, Mr. Petersilia collected memorabilia about the D.C. arts community and was particularly interested in African-American artists and organizations.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of programs, invitations, musical scores, correspondence, publicity, photographs, and clippings from arts organizations such as the Greg Reynolds Dance Quintet, The Womens Arts Center, Momentum Black Theater, and the Nubian League. Items from arts organizations appear first arranged alphabetically followed and then general information about the visual arts and artists in Washington. Oversized materials are in a separate box.

Related Collections

See Records of the Womens Arts Center, Collection 4 and Records of the Greg Reynolds Dance Quintet, Collection 22.

Box Inventory

Box 1

  • Artists in School Program, 1980
  • Arts Publicity, 1972-1985
  • Ethiopian Artists Program, 1985
  • Greg Reynolds Dance Quintet, 1977-83 (5 folders)
  • Lansburgh Cultural Center, 1983
  • Metropolitan Dance Association, 1983-84
  • Momentum Dance Theater, 1989
  • Nubian League, photographs, ca. 1980s
  • -----, general, 1982-85
  • -----, Festival of Black Storytelling, 1984-85

Box 2

  • Washington Area film Video League Newsletter, 1981-84
  • Women’s Art Center, 1978-1986 (9 folders)

Box 3

  • Visual Arts, 1980-89 (6 folders)

Box 4 (Oversized materials)

  • Printmakers Reception flyer, n.d.
  • Hartigan exhibit catalog, 1980    
  • Gallery Museum News, 1983
  • YWCA Arts Fall Season Flyer, 1982    

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