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Charles Searles papers

Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Names:
Edmonds, Walt  Search this
Gordon, Russell Talbert, 1936-  Search this
Spicer, Kathleen  Search this
Extent:
3.9 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Transcripts
Sketches
Date:
1953-2010
Summary:
The papers of sculptor and painter Charles Searles measure 3.9 linear feet and date from 1953 to 2010. The collection documents his career through scattered biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, printed material, artwork, photographs, and a scrapbook.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of sculptor and painter Charles Searles measure 3.9 linear feet and date from 1953 to 2010. The collection documents his career through scattered biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, printed material, artwork, photographs, and a scrapbook.

Scattered biographical material includes legal papers, address books, transcripts, and awards. Correspondence includes correspondence with galleries, museums, and organizations. Personal business records consist of Searles' files on commissions, exhibitions, workshops and programs, and employment contracts. Printed material includes exhibition announcements, exhibition catalogs, as well as printed material of interest to Searles, but not directly documenting his career. Artwork consists of sketches, designs, flyers, a portrait of Kathleen Spicer by Russell Gordon, and a portrait of Searles by K. Spicer. Photographs depict Searles, Searles' artwork, and artist Walt Edmonds. Scrapbooks consist of news clippings and loose material that was originally inserted in between the pages in no particular order.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 7 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1963-2004 (0.5 linear ft.; Boxes 1, 6)

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

Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1969-2007 (1.2 linear feet; Boxes 1-2,6)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1953-2010 (1.4 linear feet; Boxes 3-4, 6)

Series 5: Artwork, circa 1980s-2000 (9 folders; Box 5)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1964-2000 (3 folders; Box 5)

Series 7: Scrapbooks, circa 1970s-2005 (0.3 linear ft.; Box 6)
Biographical / Historical:
Charles Robert Searles (1937-2004) was a sculptor, painter and muralist in Philadelphia, Pa. and New York, N.Y. Searles attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1972. He was influenced by African art after traveling to Nigeria on the Ware Memorial Traveling Scholarship during his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. During his career he participated in over 100 exhibitions in Denmark, Nigeria, and throughout the United States.

Searles taught art at several institutions including the Pratt Institute, the University of the Arts (Philadelphia College of Art), and the Philadephia Museum of Art. He also completed commission work for Newark Station, PATCO (Port Authority Transit Corporation), and MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority).

Searles moved to New York, NY in 1978 where he spent most of his career. He was married to artist Kathleen Spicer until his death on November 27, 2004.
Related Materials:
Also at the Archives of American Art is an interview with Charles Searles conducted on June 13, 1991, by Cynthia Veloric, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.
Provenance:
Donated in 2012 by Kathleen Spicer Searles, Charles Searles' widow.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
Muralists -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Topic:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Muralists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Sculptors -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Transcripts
Sketches
Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
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Personal Business Records

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Extent:
1.2 Linear Feet (Boxes 1-2, 6)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1968-2007
Scope and Contents:
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.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.searchar, Series 3
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Biographical Material

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Linear Feet (Boxes 1, 6)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1963-2004
Scope and Contents:
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.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.searchar, Series 1
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Extent:
5 folders (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1956-2004
Scope and Contents:
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.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.searchar, Series 2
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Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Extent:
1.4 Linear Feet (Boxes 3-4, 6)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1953-2010
Scope and Contents:
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.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.searchar, Series 4
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Artwork

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Extent:
9 folders (Box 5)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1980-2000
Scope and Contents:
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.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.searchar, Series 5
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Photographs

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Extent:
3 folders (Box 5)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1964-2000
Scope and Contents:
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.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.searchar, Series 6
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Scrapbook

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Linear Feet (Box 6)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970-2005
Scope and Contents:
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.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.searchar, Series 7
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Certificates and Awards

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Extent:
Oversize material housed in Box 6, Folder 7.
Container:
Box 1, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1963-2003
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oversize Dallas Museum of Art Exhibition from Box 1, Folder 33

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1989
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Oversize Calendar from Box 3, Folder 14

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1992
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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House Upstate N.Y.

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6-7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1990-1999
2000-2004
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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640 Rental Agreements

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1984-1985
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Legal, 640 Broadway Loft Board

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9-10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1984-2003
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Lawsuits, 640 Broadway

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 11-16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1990-2000
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Lawsuits, 640 Broadway Leak

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 17-18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2002
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Heller Realty Documents

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 19
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2000-2004
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Legal, City of Philadelphia

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 20
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1985-1991
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Galleries and Museums

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 25
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1975-1998
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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2nd World Black-African Festival Program

Collection Creator:
Searles, Charles Robert, 1937-2004  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 26
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1973-1976
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Charles Searles papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Charles Searles papers, 1953-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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