Charles Schucker papers, 1934-2001, bulk 1934-1999

Schucker, Charles L., b. 1908 d. 1998
Painter, Muralist
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 1.2 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of New York abstract painter and educator Charles Schucker measure 1.2 linear and date from 1934 to 2001, with the bulk of the material from 1934 to 1999. Schuckers career as a painter is documented by writings, sketchbooks, drawings, and photographs.

Biographical material includes a video recording of a memorial tribute. Letters mostly relate to business arrangements with galleries and institutions. Among Schuckers writings are 9 notebooks, some of which include notes from his study abroad. Writings about Schucker include an unpublished manuscript by Valerie Velasquez Louzonis in which she discusses his childhood, travels, and his start as an artist. Subject files touch upon his association with Pratt Institute, Katonah Museum of Art, Yaddo, various galleries, his work with the Chicago WPA, and his friendship with Morris Louis. Over 60 years of artistic work are documented in exhibition catalogs and announcements. Artwork and sketchbooks from the 1930s and 1940s offer a glimpse of his earlier style of drawing.

Biographical/Historical Note: Charles L. Schucker (1908-1998), an abstract painter known for poured oil paintings on unprimed canvases, began his career in Chicago with the WPA before moving to New York City in 1946.

Lent for microfilming 1971 by Charles Schucker and donated 2011, with additional audio and video recordings, by Carrie Schucker, Schucker's daughter.

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  • The papers dated from 1934 to 1969 are available on microfilm reels 80-81 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. While most microfilmed items dated 1969 or earlier can be located in the papers, there are a few exceptions. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the papers as described in this finding aid may not reflect the order of the collection on microfilm due to reprocessing.
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