Charles Pollock papers, 1902-1990

Pollock, Charles C. (Charles Cecil), b. 1902 d. 1988
Painter, Muralist, Art teacher
Active in Paris, France; Mich.

Collection size: 3.4 linear feet (partially microfilmed on 5 reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence, photographs, works of art, printed material and an interview.

REEL 1097: Sketches, drawings, etchings, and reproductions of works, 1925-1948, the majority of which are political cartoons made for the United Automobile Worker newspaper and sketches of family and friends; copies of U.A.W. newspapers, 1937-1938; samples of bookjackets designed for Michigan State College Press; a sketchbook containing music for Thomas Hart Benton's amateur harmonica group; an exhibition catalog, 1963; and a letter, February 1975, from Pollock to Elizabeth Pollock enclosing a chronology of their early life.

REEL 1116: A family photograph album, 1902-1975, containing 48 snapshots and photographs of Pollock (1 by Arthur S. Siegel, 1940), family members, including his father and mother, LeRoy and Stella, brothers Marvin, Jay and Jackson, Sanford, Karen, Lee, Arloie and Jay McCoy, his first wife Elizabeth, his daughter Jeremy, his second wife Sylvia, and their daughter Francesca, Alma, Lee, Frank, Marie and Jon Pollock, and friend Manuel Tolegian. Also included are four photographs of clay studies by Pollock.

REELS 4213-4215: Autobiographical writings; family correspondence, including letters to Charles from his parents Stella and LeRoy Pollock and his brothers Jay, Frank, Sanford and a note from Jackson; correspondence with his first wife Elizabeth, 1929-1935; letters from Mrs. Thomas Hart Benton (Rita), Charles Seeger, Leo Huberman, and Myles Horton; files on Jackson Pollock, calligraphy and printing, exhibitions, grants, technique, and Michigan State University projects; writings by Pollock; a 15 p. transcript of a 1979 interview conducted by Paul Sporn of Wayne State University, concerning the Federal Art Project in Michigan; a color woodblock print; tear sheets of political cartoons; exhibition catalogs and other printed materials; and family and personal photographs.

UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence includes letters from Charles to Elizabeth Pollock, 1929-1986; letters from Sylvia, LeRoy, Stella, Alma and Francesca Pollock to Elizabeth, 1929-1990; correspondence with Elizabeth regarding Charles Pollock, 1965-1990, and 2 letters from Elizabeth regarding the screen adaptation of Jeffrey Potter's biography of Jackson Pollock and of his mother Stella, and one letter to her son Jeremy regarding early drawings by Charles, 1994; photocopies of correspondence between Jackson and Charles Pollock and between Jackson and Stella Pollock; photocopies of letters from Thomas Hart Benton, 1927-1959; and drafts of three letters from Pollock to Thomas Hart and Rita Benton, 1947-1975. Photographs are of Charles, Elizabeth and Jeremy Pollock and works of art. Printed material includes a 1981 limited edition publication of THESE INTENSITIES with poems by Sylvia Winter and drawings by Charles Pollock; clippings, 1930-1990; and exhibition announcements, 1979-1984.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, mural painter and instructor; Michigan and Paris, France. First wife Elizabeth. Older brother of Jackson Pollock. Studied with Thomas Hart Benton, Art Students League. Art instructor, Michigan State University 1942-1967.

Material on reels 1097 and 1116 and unmicrofilmed donated by Elizabeth Pollock, first wife of Charles Pollock. She was assisted in the selection of items by Charles Pollock during a visit from Paris June 1975. Nine works of art received with the papers were transferred to the National Museum of American Art. Material on reels 4213-4215, and unmicrofilmed photocopies of correspondence were donated 1988 by Sylvia Winter Pollock, Pollock's second wife.

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