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Charles Pollock papers, 1875-1994

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 7 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1945-1988
7 Folders
Box 1

Biographical materials include autobiographical summaries, a Pollock family tree, a chronology of events in Pollock's life, employment related correspondence, and a transcript of a 1979 interview with Paul Sporn concerning the Federal Art Project in Michigan.
Materials are arranged by document type.
Description Container Select
Autobiographical Material, circa 1970-1985
1
1
Chronology, 1975
1
2
Employment, circa 1945-1965
1
3
Employment, University of Pennsylvania, 1964
1
4
Family Tree, circa 1988
1
5
Grants and Fellowships, circa 1950-1970
1
6
Interview Transcript, with Paul Sporn, 1979
1
7

Series 2: Correspondence , 1927-1994
1 Linear foot
Boxes 1-2

Correspondence is arranged as two subseries, family and general. Family correspondence includes substantial letters from Charles Pollock to his first wife, Elizabeth Feinberg Pollock, and incoming letters from his mother, Stella Pollock. There are also letters from Charles's brothers, Frank, Sanford, Marvin Jay, and Jackson, as well as from extended aunts and uncles, and his second wife, Sylvia Winter Pollock. Letters to Elizabeth include scholarly inquiries regarding both Charles and Jackson Pollock.
General correspondence consists of letters to Charles Pollock regarding the exhibition, commission, and sales of his artwork, as well as correspondence from friends, colleagues, and scholarly researchers. Correspondents include musicologist Charles Seeger and Thomas Hart Benton, with whom he met during his time at the Resettlement Administration and the Art Students League respectively.
Correspondence from Jackson Pollock and Thomas Hart Benton were gifted as photocopies only.
The series is arranged as 2 subseries. Letters are arranged chronologically by recipient.
  • 2.1: Family, 1929-1994
  • 2.2: General, 1927-1988
2.1: Family, 1929-1994
Description Container
Charles Pollock to Elizabeth F. Pollock, 1929-1986
1
8-18
Charles Pollock to Mr. Feinberg (Elizabeth's father), 1931
1
19
Elizabeth F. Pollock to Charles Pollock, 1929-1974
1
20
Elizabeth F. Pollock to Stella Pollock (mother-in-law), 1931-1956
1
21
Elizabeth F. Pollock to Pollock Family, 1981-1994
1
22
To Elizabeth F. Pollock, Regarding Charles Pollock, 1965-1990
1
23
To Elizabeth F. Pollock, Regarding Jackson Pollock, 1965-1994
1
24
To Elizabeth F. Pollock, Others, 1936
1
25
Charles Pollock to Stella Pollock (mother), 1944
1
26
Stella Pollock to Charles and Frank Pollock, circa 1929-1931
1
27
Stella Pollock to Charles Pollock and Others, 1931-1933
1
28-29
Stella Pollock to Charles Pollock and Elizabeth Pollock, circa 1930-1950
1
30
Stella Pollock to Charles Pollock and Elizabeth Pollock, 1936-1937
1
31
Stella Pollock to Charles Pollock and and Family, 1938-1956
1
32-40
To Stella Pollock, from Family and Friends, circa 1930-1956
1
41
Stella Pollock, Last Illness, 1958
1
42
Frank Pollock to Charles Pollock and Others, circa 1933-1958
1
43
Jackson Pollock to Charles Pollock and Others, circa 1929-1944
1
44
Marvin Jay Pollock to Charles Pollock and Others, circa 1931-1964
1
45
Sanford ("Sande") Pollock to Charles Pollock and Others, circa 1933-1961
1
46
Mary Keicher, Les McClure, and Rose Miller to Charles Pollock and Family, 1960-1979
1
47
2.2: General, 1927-1988
Description Container
A-L, circa 1930-1965
1
48
M-Z, circa 1930-1965
1
49
Benton, Thomas Hart and Rita, 1927-1975
1
50
Hayden, William, circa 1929-1930
1
51
Huberman, Leo, circa 1935-1938
1
52
Resettlement Administration, 1935-1937
1
53
Seeger, Charles, circa 1939-1952
1
54
Letters of Inquiry, 1977-1986
1
55
Letters of Inquiry, O'Connor, Francis, 1963-1978
2
1-2
Letters of Inquiry, Potter, Jeffrey, 1982-1986
2
3
Letters of Inquiry, Regarding Jackson Pollock, 1963-1988
2
4

Series 3: Subject Files , 1931-1988
0.8 Linear feet
Box 2

Subject files are on calligraphy and printing, Pollock's personal exhibition files, and Michigan State University print design projects. The exhibition files contain correspondence with galleries as well as exhibition announcements and catalogs. Files on Michigan State design projects include correspondence, book jackets, stationary samples, and final class projects designed by Pollock's students.
Materials are arranged by subject and document type.
Description Container Select
Calligraphy and Printing
Correspondence, 1944-1967
2
5-7
Design and Printing, circa 1945-1965
2
8-9
Emulsions and Media, circa 1945-1965
2
10
Charles Pollock Exhibitions
Correspondence, 1931-1985
2
11-15
Dayton Art Institute, 1969-1972
2
16
Gertrude Kasle Gallery, 1965-1969
2
17
Henri Gallery, 1966-1970
2
18
Lists, Forms, and Invitations, circa 1936-1947
2
19
Clippings, 1955-1988
2
20
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1936-1988
2
21-22
Michigan State University
Correspondence, 1945-1954
2
23-25
Pollock Murals, circa 1952
2
26
Research Grant, 1966-1967
2
27
Designs, circa 1949-1951
2
28
Designs, Book Jackets, circa 1945-1955
2
29-30
Design Projects by Pollock Students, circa 1945-1955
2
31-32

Series 4: Writings , 1935-1965
2 Folders
Box 2

Writings consists of lists, notes, and speech fragments by Pollock and an undated typescript of a memoir by Jellyroll Morton.
Materials are arranged by document type.
Description Container Select
Notes, Lists, Speeches, and Etc., circa 1935-1965
2
33
Memoir, by Jellyroll Morton (typescript), circa 1935-1965
2
34

Series 5: Printed Material , 1930-1990
4 Folders
Box 2

Printed material includes a chapbook of poems, These Intensities, by Sylvia Pollock and illustrated by Charles Pollock. There are also magazines and copies of United Automobile Worker newspapers from 1937-1938.
Materials are arranged by document type.
Description Container Select
Chapbook, These Intensities by Sylvia and Charles Pollock, 1981
2
35
Clippings, 1930, 1984-1990
2
36
Periodicals, Magazines, 1936, 1977, 1990
2
37
Periodicals, U.A.W. Newspapers, 1937-1938
2
38

Series 6: Artwork , 1925-1949
0.7 Linear feet
Box 3, OV 5-8

Artwork consists of etchings, a sketchbook , loose sketches, and political cartoons. Political cartoons include original oversize renderings and prints depicting U.A.W. labor disputes. Sketches are rendered in pen and ink, graphite, and watercolor and include figure studies of family and labor workers. The sketchbook also contains music scores for Thomas Hart Benton's amateur harmonica group.
Materials are arranged by document type.
Description Container Select
Etchings, circa 1948-1949
3
1
Political Illustrations, Originals, circa 1935-1940
Oversized material housed in OV 5-8.
3
2
Political Illustrations, Prints, circa 1935-1940
Oversized material housed in OV 7.
3
3
Sketchbook, circa 1930
3
4
Sketches, Loose, circa 1925-1933
Oversized material housed in OV 7.
3
5
Oversize Political Illustrations (originals) from Box 3, Folder 2, circa 1935-1940
OV 5-8
Oversize Political Illustrations (prints) from Box 3, Folder 3, circa 1935-1940
OV 7
Oversize Loose Sketches from Box 3, Folder 5, circa 1925-1933
OV 7

Series 7: Photographic Materials , 1875-1987
0.4 Linear feet
Boxes 3-4

Photographic materials include 48 numbered photos from a Pollock family album that includes Pollock's parents, brothers, wife, daughter, and various extended family members and friends. Additional photographs depict Pollock family members, artist friends, including Frank Goeritz, and Arthur Millier, and reproductions of artwork.
Materials from the album are ordered numerically as arranged by the donor. Other photographs are arranged by subject.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Charles Pollock and Family (#1-20), 1904-1937
3
6
Photographs of Charles Pollock and Family (#21-48), 1938-1975
3
7
Photographs of Charles Pollock and Family, circa 1875-1960
Oversized material housed in Box 4, Folder 1.
3
8-9
Photographs of Charles, Elizabeth F., and Jeremy Pollock, circa 1930-1941
3
10
Photographs of Charles Pollock, Frank Goeritz, and Arthur Millier, circa 1922-1923
3
11
Photographs of Charles Pollock and Others, circa 1938-1987
Oversized material housed in Box 4, Folder 2.
3
12
Photographs of Friends, circa 1920-1935
3
13
Photographs of Artwork, circa 1940-1960
3
14
Oversized Photographs of Charles Pollock and Family from Box 3, Folders 8 and 12, circa 1905-1965
4
1-2

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