A Finding Aid to the Michael P. Church Papers, 1934-1984, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.churmich
Creators:
Church, Michael P., 1907-1991 (Michael Paul)
Dates:
1934-1984
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.6 Linear Feet
Repository:
The papers of art educator and administrator Michael P. Church measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1934 to 1984. The collection includes biographical material, letters, notes and writings, printed material, and photographs.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of art educator and administrator Michael P. Church measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1934 to 1984. The collection includes biographical material, letters, notes and writings, printed material, and photographs.
Letters include material from Michigan artists and other colleagues.
Notes and writings contains resumes and minutes of meetings on adult and extension education as well as typescripts of "The Role of the University of Wisconsin in the Development of State-Wide Cultural Arts" by Ronald C. Gee, "Cultural Activities Programs" and "Criteria in Criticism of Contemporary Art" (1959) by Lester D. Longman and a script for the television program THE OPEN MIND: "The State of Culture in the United States Today" (1962).
Printed material includes clippings (1953-1984), exhibition announcements and catalogs (1960-1980), three press releases (1965-1976), newsletters (1956-1974), primarily from the University of Michigan Extension Service and three booklets (1955-1968).
Photographs contains nine photographs (1934-1973) with Church, Joe Back (1973), Glenn R. Bradshaw, Zubel Kachadoorian (1964), James Lee, Edward Levitt and Edgar Yaeger, Phil Sawyer working on a CWA project at the Textile High School (1934), an unidentified mural, and a slide of Rupert Conrad.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Michael P. Church (1907-1991) was an arts administrator in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
A native of Michigan, Michael P. Church studied at Wicker Art School, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, and in the studios of Ralston Crawford, Philip Guston, and Nicholas Marcicano. For over 30 years he was the Director of Cultural Activities for the Extension Service of the University of Michigan where he also served on the faculty in the College of Architecture and Design. He also served on the staff of the National Music Camp, Interlochen, Michigan, and was on the Board of the Michigan Council for the Arts under four governors.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed to a minimal level after donation and a finding aid was created by Caroline Donadio in 2018.
Author
Caroline Donadio
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Michael P. Church papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Michael P. Church in 1976 and 1981.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Preferred Citation
Michael P. Church papers, 1934-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
Michael P. Church papers are also located at the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University and at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Adult education Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Study and teaching Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art in education Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art in universities and colleges Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists--Michigan Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art teachers -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arts administrators--Michigan Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Slides Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Black, Joe Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bradshaw, Glenn Raymond, 1922- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Conrad, Rupert, 1907-1979 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gee, Ronald C. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kachadoorian, Zubel, 1924- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lee, James Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Levitt, Edward Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Longman, Lester Duncan, 1905-1987 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sawyer, Phil Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yaeger, Edgar L., 1904- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Federal Civil Works Administration Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
University of Michigan. Extension Service Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
University of Wisconsin Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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