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The Beginning; a lithograph

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS R254


The 30" x 27" lithograph entitled, The Beginning, depicts a young Rosa Parks seated on a bus. It is signed and numbered by the artist. The original painting hangs in the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. It illustrates the beginning of the American Civil Rights movement.


  • 1993


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Artis Lane

Artis Maria Shreve was born 14 May 1927 in North Buxton, Ontario, Canada. She attended the Ontario College of Art, the Cranbrook Art Academy (Bloomsfield, MI), and the University of California - Los Angeles. Awards for her work include the Museum of African American Art Award (Los Angeles, CA) and the State of Louisiana Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts. She has been commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute (National Portrait Gallery) and the National Council of Negro Women, and her work is in the collections of Howard University, Dillard University (New Orleans), the California African American Museum, and the United Negro College Fund as well as those of numerous individuals, such as Maya Angelou, Bill Cosby, and Henry Kissinger. Artis Shreve married in 1949.


1 oversize folder

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Scope and Contents

The Artis Lane Art Print consists of a print (30w x 27h) of Lane's work entitled The Beginning, which depicts Rosa Parks looking out the window while riding the bus. Underneath the image, the print is signed, titled, and numbered (286/750). The piece is not dated however research indicactes it was printed in 1993.

Physical Location

RH MS R254

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Dana Anderson, 2003

Guide to the Artis Lane Print
The Beginning; a lithograph
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Artis Lane Art Print, Kansas Collection, RH MS R254, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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