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A Finding Aid to the Charles Pollock papers, 1875-1994

Charles Pollock papers, 1875-1994

Pollock, Charles C. (Charles Cecil), 1902-1988

Muralist, Art teacher, Painter

Collection Information

Size: 3.1 linear feet

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.

Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art are the Elizabeth Feinberg Pollock memoirs and the Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers.


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