William P. Daley papers, 1905-2003, (bulk 1951-2001)

Daley, William, b. 1925
Ceramicist
Active in Elkins Park, Pa.

Collection size: 15.2 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The collection documents Daley's career as both artist and teacher through biographical information, correspondence, exhibition files, project files, material on workshops, seminars, and lectures, teaching files, artist files, reference files, printed material, photographs, financial files, and artwork. Biographical files encompass items from Daley's early life including family, education, and military materials, as well as files on awards he has earned, and interviews he has given during his career. Correspondence includes general correspondence with family, friends, artists, colleagues, and schools, as well as named files on correspondence with galleries, organizations, and individuals. The largest series in the collection, Exhibition Files, spanning a fifty year period, contain materials on group and solo exhibitions in which Daley participated, and also includes Auction Files and Exhibition Juror Files.

Biographical/Historical Note: Potter, educator; Elkins Park, Pa.; b. 1925. A self proclaimed "mud man" and maker of "cosmic pots". Daley studied at the Massachusetts College of Art with Charles Abbott and others and taught at various universities before his 30- year tenure at the Philadelphia College of Art.

Donated 2003 by William P. Daley as a part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Art in America.

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