André LeRoy Davis Hip Hop Collection

Identifier: MSS.1071

  • Staff Only

Content Description

8 (17 x 22 giclée prints) inventory attached to deed of purchase


  • 1994 - 2016

Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact

Biographical / Historical

André LeRoy Davis was born in Brooklyn. He graduated from the High School of Art and Design and completed a bachelor’s degree in Cartooning and Illustration at the School of Visual Arts College in Manhattan. His career as an illustrator and creator of political and editorial cartoons for the Source has made Davis one of key figures in the sub-genre known as ‘hip hop and comics.’ In 2007, Davis invested his experience as a successful freelance artist and illustrator into teaching students of all ages. He used his skill as a teacher to develop a curriculum called “A Spectrum of Art” covering a range of media, styles, and techniques for students at Brooklyn Ascent High School. Since that time Davis has devoted himself to nurturing the creativity and success of students in this Brooklyn public charter school. As Davis expands his role as a teacher, he will begin instructing undergraduate classes at Montclair State University in Fall 2023.


2 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The André LeRoy Davis Hip Hop Collection features eight fine art prints featuring illustrations from the artist. Six of the illustrations were published in the Source between 1994 and 2003 in Davis’ editorial column “The Last Word.” The illustrations address issues of politics, culture, and justice through the lens of hip hop and show why Davis is considered the father of hip hop comics.

Physical Location

Offsite Storage, Special Collections and Archives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased through the NMAAM-Vanderbilt Collections Initiative.

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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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