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Charles Culver papers, 1920-1997

Charles Culver papers, 1920-1997

Culver, Charles B., 1908-1967

Painter, Designer, Watercolorist, Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 3.5 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Charles Culver measure 3.5 linear feet and date from 1920-1997. This material documents his career as a watercolorist and art critic for the Detroit Free Press. The collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, writings, business files, artwork, photographs, printed material, and artifacts. Correspondence consists of letters exchanged with family and colleagues, including E.P. Richardson, Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Culver (1908-1967) was a Detroit-based watercolorist, critic, and teacher.

Provenance

The papers were donated to the Archives in 2004 by Sarah C. Weiss, daughter of Charles Culver.

Related Materials

Location of Originals

  • Reels D365-D367 and reel 3: Originals returned to Mrs. Charles Culver after microfilming. Most of the material lent was subsequently donated in 2004.

A Finding Aid to the Charles Culver Papers, 1920-1997, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Justin Brancato
Scope and Contents note
The papers of Charles Culver measure 3.5 linear feet and date from 1920-1997. This material documents his career as a watercolorist and art critic for the
Detroit Free Press
. The collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, writings, business files, artwork, photographs, printed material, and artifacts. Correspondence consists of letters exchanged with family and colleagues, including E.P. Richardson, Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Biographical/Historical note
Charles Culver (1908-1967) was a Detroit-based watercolorist, critic, and teacher. Culver was very active in the Detroit arts community beginning in the late 1930s. He participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Detroit. His works are in museum collections, including the Detroit Institute of Arts and Whitney Museum in New York. Culver had exhibited in 5 solo exhibitions in New York. He was primarily known for his watercolor paintings of animals, a subject he studied and painted for the remainder of his life. Culver established the Watercolor Department at the Art School of Society of Arts and Crafts, later known as the College for Creative Studies, in Detroit; he taught at the school from 1960 until his death in 1967. In 1966 he became an art critic at the
Detroit Free Press
.
Arrangement note
The Charles Culver papers are organized into 8 series.
Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1926-1974 (4 Folders; Box 1)
Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1920-1982, bulk 1920-1966 (1.1 Linear feet; Boxes 1-2, 5)
Series 3: Writings, circa 1928-1984 (1.1 Linear feet, Boxes 2-3, 5)
Series 4: Business Files, circa 1967-2000 (4 Folders, Box 3)
Series 5: Artwork, 1955, undated (0.5 Linear feet; Boxes 3, 5)
Series 6: Photographs, circa 1923-1952 (8 Folders; Boxes 3, 5)
Series 7: Artifacts, undated (2 Folders; Box 3)
Series 8: Printed Material, circa 1930-1977 (0.4 Linear feet; Boxes 3-4)
Provenance
The papers were donated to the Archives in 2004 by Sarah C. Weiss, daughter of Charles Culver.
Location of Originals
  • Reels D365-D367 and reel 3: Originals returned to Mrs. Charles Culver after microfilming. Most of the material lent was subsequently donated in 2004.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimum level and a finding aid prepared by Justin Brancato in June of 2007. The Archives of American Art has implemented minimal processing tactics when possible in order to increase information about and access to more of our collections.
Minimal processing included arrangement to the series, subseries, and folder levels. Generally, items within folders were simply verified with folder titles, but not arranged further. Folders within boxes may not be numbered. The collection was rehoused in archival containers and folders, but not all staples and clips were removed.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reel D365-D367 and reel 3 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Charles Culver papers, 1920-1997. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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