Charles Pollock papers, 1875-1994

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

Collection size: 3.1 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of painter, muralist, and educator Charles Pollock measure 3.1 linear feet and date from 1875 to 1994. Found within the papers are biographical materials; family and personal correspondence; subject files on art and professional topics; writings; printed material; artwork, including political cartoons and figurative sketches; and photographs of Pollock, his family and friends, and his work.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, muralist, and educator Charles Pollock (1902-1988) lived and worked in East Lansing, Michigan, New York City, Detroit, and Paris, France and painted in a social realist style early in his career before transitioning to abstract works in the 1940s. Older brother of Jackson Pollock. Studied with Thomas Hart Benton, Art Students League. Art instructor, Michigan State University 1942-1967.

The papers were donated in 1975 by Pollock's first wife, Elizabeth Feinberg Pollock, with assistance from Charles Pollock on the selection of items. Additional materials were donated in 1988 by his second wife, Sylvia Winter Pollock. From 1991 to 1994, Elizabeth Pollock gifted additional correspondence and photographs to the Archives.

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art

How to Use this Collection

  • Portions of this collection are available on legacy 35 mm microfilm reels 1097, 1116, and 4213-4215 at the Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the microfilm does not represent the entire collection and the arrangement of the papers as described in this finding aid does not reflect the order of the collection on microfilm due to reprocessing.
  • Unmicrofilmed Jackson Pollock and Thomas Hart Benton correspondence is: ACCESS RESTRICTED; written permission required.
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Related Materials

Nine works of art included in the 1975 gift from Elizabeth Pollock were transferred to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, formerly the National Collection of Fine Arts, in 1976.
Also found in the Archives of American Art are the Elizabeth Feinberg Pollock memoirs and the Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers.