Orson Welles and Dolores Del Rio photographed by Edward Steichen for Vogue on April 15, 1941.
Harold Jackman photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1932 and 1940.
Harold Jackman (1901-1961) was a teacher, model, actor, writer, and patron.
was a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance.
He encouraged his artistic friends and helped them make connections with those who could further their careers.
His life long interest in documenting African American cultural life resulted in his recreation of what is now the Harold Jackman Countee Cullen Memorial Collection located at Robert Woodruff Library in Atlanta. Jackman was born in London to a West Indian mother and an unidentified father.
He attended the prestigious DeWitt Clinton High School, a predominately white, all boys school
in New York. In 1918, at school he met the man who would soon become known as Harlem’s first poet laureate, Countee Cullen. Jackman earned a B. A. from New York University and eventually received a Masters from Columbia University. He was active in many organizations like the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Urban League and the Negro Actors Guild, where he served on the executive board. For 30 years, Jackman taught social studies in the New York public school system. He loved to travel and became sexually involved with the writer, Edouard Roditi, in France.
Jackman’s diaries and collections are now considered some of the most important resources for writers and historians.