William Halsey papers
Artwork, travel sketchbooks and illustrations, writings, color slides, photographs, exhibition catalogs, letters and correspondence, clippings, working files, and other papers of artist, author, and teacher William Halsey. Collection includes assorted biographical materials including published magazine articles on Halsey and his artwork, copies of his curriculum vitae, and the DVD “In Retrospect William Halsey,” a restored documentary produced as part of the 1971-1972 “William Halsey Retrospective” exhibition organized by the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, South Carolina. Also included are a variety of materials relating to the Halsey and Loeb families including the 1880 marriage certificate between Jacob H. Loeb and Eliza L. Goldsmith, materials relating to Jacob H. Loeb’s involvement with the Gala Week Association including minute books and a scrapbook of clippings, assorted papers relating to Eleanor Rose Loeb Halseys involvement in various local civic organizations, and assorted letters, obituaries, and other materials relating to the Halsey family. The collection also includes artwork by Halsey including small sketchbooks, oversize sketches, and drawings created during his travels through Mexico, South and Central America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the United States as well as early cityscapes and anatomy studies done as a student at the Boston Museum School (now called the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). Note that original sketch book and drawing titles have, for the most part, been retained. Also included are published illustrations for the Ford Motor Company publications Ford Times and Lincoln-Mercury Times and a set of prints of Fort Sumter produced in 1961. There are also writings by Halsey including travel diaries from his travels through Mexico, Central America, Europe, North Africa, the South Pacific, and the Galapagos containing detailed daily entries recording Halsey’s impressions of the people and locales visited as well as accommodations and meals. Diaries occasionally contain sketches, contact information, itineraries, and other assorted ephemera. Writings also include materials relating to his book Maya Journal including outlines, oversize sketches, and page layouts as well as published articles written by Halsey for the Carolina Art Association newsletter, South Carolina Magazine, and Ford Times on the topics of mural painting in South Carolina, the state of Southern art, Fort Sumter, and the gardens and plantations of Charleston, South Carolina. The collection also includes a large portion of color slides taken by Halsey during his travels through Mexico, South and Central America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the United States as well as slide images of his artwork, family, home, and studio. There are also assorted photographs of Halsey and his studio, assorted artwork, including sculptures and tapestries, and glass lantern slides of “The Charleston Story” mural created by Halsey for the Sears, Roebuck and Co. store (originally located on Calhoun Street, Charleston, South Carolina). Note that original slide and photograph titles have, for the most part, been retained. There are also assorted printed materials including exhibition catalogs and announcements for solo and group shows as well as the publications Sears Presents the Charleston Story in a Panorama of Murals by Halsey and William M. Halsey: Retrospective, the accompanying monograph to his 1972 retrospective organized by the Greenville County Museum of Art, plus assorted clippings relating to Halsey and his career, and “Children of Yucatan,” and “Conversation, Oaxaca, Mexico” postcards. Also included is assorted correspondence from local, regional and national museums, and galleries. Topics include the acquisition or loan of artworks for exhibition, requests for biographical information, invitations to speak, and the scheduling of studio visits as well as routine correspondence from family and friends. There are also working files containing black and white images of Halsey and his work, price lists, sales receipts, clippings, and show announcements. In addition there are also index card files recording individual sales of artwork in addition to title, price and buyer, from 1942 to 1976, patron and gallery addresses, and catalog cards recording title, medium, height and width, collectors, and other details of individual works of art from 1928 to 1971. Index card files also occasionally contain color and black and white photographs, notes, receipts, and other assorted ephemera. Note that original working file and index card file titles have, for the most part, been retained. There is also a small amount of material relating to Halsey’s career as a teacher as well as several awards conferred upon Halsey including an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from the College of Charleston.
- Halsey, William, 1915-1999 (Creator, Person)
Language of Material
Materials in English.
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William Halsey (1915-1999) artist, author, and teacher, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, to Ashley Halsey (1879-1971), partner in the Halsey Lumber Company, and civic leader Eleanor Rose Loeb Halsey (1883-1968). His first art teacher, at the age of thirteen, was Elizabeth O'Neill Verner, a leading artist in the Charleston Renaissance. After graduating from the High School of Charleston in 1932, Halsey attended the University of South Carolina from 1932 to 1934 before moving to Boston to attend, from 1935 to 1939, the Boston Museum School (now called the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). In 1939 he was awarded the James William Paige Fellowship for study abroad. That same year he married Sumter native, and fellow artist, Corrie McCallum and the two spent the next two years, until 1941, living in Mexico City, Mexico and travelling throughout Mexico. While living in Mexico City their first child, Paige Halsey Slade, was born. His interest in Mexico, especially its pre-Columbian art and its landscape would have an influence on his work for the rest of his career. Returning to the Southeast in 1941, Halsey taught in Charleston for a short period before moving to Savannah, Georgia, to direct the art school at the Telfair Academy (now the Telfair Museum of Art) from 1942 to 1943. There in 1944, their second child, David Halsey, was born. In 1945 Halsey moved back to Charleston to teach classes at the Gibbes Art Gallery (now the Gibbes Museum of Art) until 1953. Their third child, Louise Halsey, was born in 1949. In 1953 Halsey, his wife Corrie McCallum, and local sculptor Willard Hirsch joined together to establish the Charleston Art School which they operated from 1953 to 1964. Beginning in 1970, until 1972, Halsey was the Lecturer in Art at the College of Charleston and from 1972, until his retirement in 1984, he was an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts. During this time Halsey helped establish the Studio Art Department at the college. In 1984 the William Halsey Gallery at the Simons Center (now the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art) was named in his honor and in 1995 Halsey was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from the college. During his life Halsey travelled extensively, travelling throughout Mexico, especially the Yucatan peninsula, South and Central America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the United States. In 1971, with McCallum, he published A Travel Sketchbook, an annotated selection of their drawings, and in 1976, he published the Maya Journal, a book of drawings and writings on the Yucatan peninsula. A prolific artist, Halsey’s work was included in numerous exhibitions across the Southeast as well as included in exhibitions in Chicago, New York, and Pennsylvania. In 1972, the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, South Carolina, organized a retrospective exhibit of the first four decades his work. The exhibit traveled to the Florence Museum in Florence, South Carolina, the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina, and the Gibbes Museum of Art (formerly the Gibbes Art Gallery) in Charleston, South Carolina. An accompanying monograph, "William M. Halsey: Retrospective,” was also published. In 1999 he was posthumously awarded the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award for Lifetime Achievement. Halsey’s work is represented in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Gibbes Museum of Art, and the Greenville County Museum of Art.
25.5 linear feet (14 cartons, 6 oversize flat boxes, 6 index card boxes, 1 lantern slide box, 2 scrapbooks, 5 volumes, 1 DVD)
Biographical materials, artwork, writings, slides and photographs, printed materials, correspondence, working files, and other papers of artist, author, and teacher William Halsey. Also included are a variety of materials relating to the Halsey and Loeb families as well as writings and numerous slide images from his travels through Mexico, Central America, Europe, North Africa, the South Pacific, and the Galapagos.
- Biographical materials, 1931-2006
- Halsey family, 1874-1971
- Artwork, 1934-1982
- Writings, 1946-1985
- Slides, 1941-1997
- Photographs, 1935-1999
- Negatives, 1950s-1996, undated
- Lantern slides, circa 1954
- Printed materials, 1939-2006
- Correspondence, 1943-1994
- Working files, 1939-2003
- Index card files, 1942-1998, undated
- Teaching, 1946-1984
- Awards and grants, 1977-1999
Materials were donated in 1977 by William Halsey and in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2017 by Halsey McCallum Resources.
Map of Charleston and its vicinity : showing the original settlement of 1670 at Albemarle Point, the Oyster Point settlement of 1672, and subsequent extensions of 1783 and 1849, prepared to accompany Mayor Courtenay's centennial address, August 13, 1883 has been removed and cataloged separately.
Processed by Special Collections staff, date unknown. Reprocessed by Joshua Minor, 2018.
- Africa -- Description and travel
- Art, American -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- 20th century
- Art, Modern -- 20th century
- Artists -- South Carolina
- Drawing, American -- South Carolina -- 20th century
- Europe -- Description and travel
- Halsey family
- Halsey, Ashley, 1879-1971
- Halsey, Eleanor Rose Loeb, 1883-1968
- Halsey, William, 1915-1999
- Halsey, William, 1915-1999 -- Travel
- Loeb family
- Loeb, Jacob H., 1846-1893
- McCallum, Corrie, 1914-2009
- Mexico -- Description and travel
- Modernism (Art) -- South Carolina
- Mural painting and decoration -- South Carolina -- Charleston
- Painting, American -- South Carolina -- 20th century
- Painting, Modern -- 20th century
- South America -- Description and travel
- South Pacific -- Description and travel
- United States -- Description and travel
- Yucatán (Mexico : State) -- Description and travel
- black-and-white photographs
- clippings (information artifacts)
- color photographs
- color slides
- drawings (visual works)
- exhibition catalogs
- files (document groupings)
- lantern slides
- letters (correspondence)
- manuscripts (documents)
- page proofs
- printed materials (object genre)
- travel sketches
- Inventory of the William Halsey Papers, 1874-2006
- Description rules
- Language of description
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