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Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged as 7 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1963-2004
0.5 Linear Feet
Boxes 1, 6

Biographical material includes two address books, interview transcripts, artist statements and writings by Searles, academic papers on Searles' artwork, certificates and awards, blueprints and documents for Searles' home in upstate New York, and legal documents pertaining to disputes between the tenants of 640 Broadway and management.
Description Container Select
Address Books, undated
1
1-2
Interview Transcripts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1973-1974
1
3
Academic Papers, Artist Statements, Notes, circa 1973
1
4
Certificates and Awards, 1963-2003
Oversize material housed in Box 6, Folder 7.
1
5
House Upstate N.Y., 1990-1999, 2000-2004
1
6-7
640 Rental Agreements, 1984-1985
1
8
Legal, 640 Broadway Loft Board, circa 1984-2003
1
9-10
Lawsuits, 640 Broadway, circa 1990-2000
1
11-16
Lawsuits, 640 Broadway Leak, 2002
1
17-18
Heller Realty Documents, 2000-2004
1
19
Legal, City of Philadelphia, 1985-1991
1
20
Oversize Certificates and Awards from Box 1, Folder 5, 1972
6
7

Series 2: Correspondence , 1956-2004
5 folders
Box 1

Correspondence consists of letters regarding exhibitions, teaching, and art related subjects. Searles maintained a separate file for gallery and museum correspondence, but correspondence with galleries and musuems can also be found in the general correspondence.
Description Container Select
General Correspondence, 1956-2004
1
21-24
Galleries and Museums, 1975-1998
1
25

Series 3: Personal Business Records , 1968-2007
1.2 Linear Feet
Boxes 1-2, 6

Personal business records document Searles' commissions, exhibitions, workshops, employment contracts, and other activities. Records are filed by name of organization, museum, gallery, or project and may include correspondence, notes, printed materials, contracts, and invoices.
Description Container Select
2nd World Black-African Festival Program, 1973-1976
1
26
Afro-American Historical Museum Exhibition, 1976-1977
1
27
Balch Institute Exhibition, circa 1976
1
28
Brooklyn Sculpture Commission, 1993-1997
1
29-30
Bryn Mawr College, 1971-1972
1
31
Commission Proposals, circa 1990-1995
1
32
Dallas Museum of Art Exhibition, 1989-1991
Oversize material housed in Box 6, Folder 8.
1
33
Dempsey Center Harlem Commission, 1988-1990
2
1
First District P.A. Commission, 1990-1995
2
2
G.S.A. Mural Contract-Commission, 1975-1977
2
3
Herbert Johnson Museum N.Y. Exhibition, 1974
2
4
Howard Univ., D.C. Exhibition, 1973-1975
2
5
Ile-Ife Museum, 1972-1975
2
6
June Kelly Gallery Exhibition, 1993-2007
2
7
Kentucky State Univ., Frankfort, K.Y. Exhibition, 1974-1975
2
8
Mallory Playground Mural Commission, 1976-1977
2
9
Merabash Museum, Henderson, N.J. Exhibition, 1973-1974
2
10
Miscellaneous Art Organizations, 1971-1980
2
11
Miscellaneous Universities, 1969-1989
2
12
MTA Jamaica St. Commission, 1995-2001
2
13
National Center of Afro-American Artists Exhibition, 1974-1976
2
14
National Conference of Artists Membership, circa 1973-1977
2
15
Newark Station Arts Commission, 1980-1985
2
16-18
PATCO Commission, 2000-2004
2
19
Pennsylvania Academy of Art, 1971-1972
2
20
Philadelphia College of Art, Employment Contracts, 1973-1994
2
21
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Div. Education, 1970-1975
2
22
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Urban Outreach, 1971-1974
2
23
Playground P.A. Richert Commission, circa 1990
2
24
Ryno Fab, circa 1992-1997
2
25
Sande Webster Gallery Exhibition, 1984-2004
2
26
State Museum, Harrisburg, P.A. Exhibition, 1994-1996
2
27
Studio Museum, Harlem, N.Y., 1968-1974
2
28
U. of South Alabama, Sales, 1970-1973
2
29
West Philly Library Commission, 1983-1984
2
30
Whitney Museum, N.Y. Exhibition, 1971-1977
2
31
Workshops and Programs, 1989-1992, circa 1980-1988
2
32-33
Oversize Dallas Museum of Art Exhibition from Box 1, Folder 33, 1989
6
8

Series 4: Printed Material , 1953-2010
1.4 Linear Feet
Boxes 3-4, 6

Printed materials consists of flyers, calendars, magazines and journals, exhibition announcements, posters, and catalogs that were of interest to or feature Searles. Printed material also includes a collection of published cartoons by Gerald 2X compiled by Searles, Bebe's Kids Teleplay by Reginald Hudlin, and memorabilia.
Description Container Select
Exhibition Announcements, circa 1973-2010
3
1-4
Exhibition Posters, 1984, 1990
3
5
Exhibition Catalogs, 1969-2009
3
6-12
Flyers, circa 1978-1992
3
13
Calendars, 1989, 1993
Oversize material housed in Box 6, Folder 9
3
14
Bebe's Kids Teleplay, 1990
3
15
Memorabilia, circa 1953-1982
3
16
Magazines and Journals, 1968-1979, 1992-2005, 1990
4
1-4
Cartoons by Gerald 2X, 1967-1969
4
5
Oversize Calendar from Box 3, Folder 14, 1992
6
9

Series 5: Artwork , circa 1980-2000
9 folders
Box 5

Artwork consists of pencil and ink drawings, flyers, doodles, designs, mixed media works, and reproductions of works by Searles. Artwork includes a pencil drawing of Searles by K. Spicer, and a pencil drawing of Kathleen Spicer by Russell Gordon.
Description Container Select
Pencil Drawing of Charles Searles by K. Spicer, 1984
5
1
Pencil Drawing of Kathleen Spicer by Russell Gordon, undated
5
2
Ink Drawings, undated
5
3
Pencil Drawings, undated
5
4
Designs, undated
5
5
Doodles, circa 1980-1989
5
6
Mixed Media, 1983, 1989
5
7
Flyers by Charles Searles, circa 1980-1989
5
8
Reproductions, circa 2000
5
9

Series 6: Photographs , 1964-2000
3 folders
Box 5

Found here are two photographs of Searles, one group photograph with Searles at the University of Pennsylvania in 1964, a small group of photographs of Searles' artwork, and one photograph of artist Walt Edmonds.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Charles Searles, circa 1964-2000
5
10
Photographs of Artwork, 1995, 1974
5
11
Photograph of Walt Edmonds, 1987
5
12

Series 7: Scrapbook , 1970-2005
0.3 Linear Feet
Box 6

One scrapbook consists of 21 pages that were removed from a binder as well as loose material that was originally inserted in between the scrapbook pages in no particular order. The scrapbook consists mainly of newspaper and magazine clippings documenting Searles' career.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook, circa 1970-1999
6
1-4
Loose Material from Scrapbook, circa 1970-2005
6
5-6

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