Sawyer, Charles Henry, 1906-

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Director, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Mass.

From the description of Papers, 1956-1990. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70958497

Director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, professor of art and art history.

From the description of Charles Henry Sawyer papers, 1936-1996. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 79296005

From the description of Charles Henry Sawyer papers, 1930-1996. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 85778403

From the description of Charles Henry Sawyer papers, 1936-1983. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34419199

Charles Henry Sawyer was born on Jan. 24, 1915 in Ludlow, VT; AB, Middlebury College, 1937; Ph. D. in zoology, Yale Univ., 1941; on academic staffs in anatomy, Stanford and Duke Universities, 1941-51; professor of Anatomy, Duke Univ., 1950; professor of anatomy, UCLA School of Medicine (1951-85); served as chairman of the anatomy dept., 1955-63; vice-president, American Association of Anatomists, 1968-70, and winner of its Henry Gray Award, 1984; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; won Award of Extraordinary Merit, UCLA Medical Alumni Assoc., 1990; his research interests included neuroendocrinology of reproduction; nervous control of pituitary secretion; the function, distribution, ontogenesis and properties of cholinesterases; and the effects of hormones on brain function.

From the description of Papers, 1915-1990. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 39813081

Charles Sawyer teaches blues history at the Harvard Extension School.

From the description of Charles Sawyer Collection 1978. (University of Mississippi). WorldCat record id: 712796784

Museum director, the University of Michigan Museum of Art and other Michigan art organizations.

From the description of Oral history interview of Charles Henry Sawyer, 1977 Jan. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220189926

From the description of Oral history interview of Charles Henry Sawyer, 1977 Jan. 25 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 276394242

Museum director; Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Director, Addison Gallery of American Art, the Worcester Art Museum, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art; Professor of Art History at Yale University and member of many committees.

From the description of Charles Henry Sawyer papers, 1933-1977. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122455703

Museum director; Ann Arbor, Mich.

b. Oct. 20, 1906, Andover, Mass.; d. Feb. 25, 2005, Chelsea, Mich.

From the description of Charles H. Sawyer interview, 1964 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220240131

Museum director; Ann Arbor, Mich.

b. Oct. 20, 1906, Andover, Mass.; d. Feb. 25, 2005, Chelsea, Mich.

From the description of Oral history interview with Charles H. Sawyer, 1964. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 233007119

Charles Henry Sawyer was born in Andover, Massachusetts on October 20, 1906, the son of James Cowan and Mary Pepperell Frost Sawyer. In 1929 he earned his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University. He then attended Harvard Law School (1929-1930) and the Harvard School of Fine Arts (1930-1932).

From 1930 to 1940, Sawyer was the curator of the Addison Gallery of American Art at the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He was also an art instructor and chairman of the Art Department at Phillips Academy. In 1934, Sawyer married Katherine ("Kitty") Clay (1908-1998).

Sawyer was the director of the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts from 1940 to 1947. He was also associated with the Worcester Museum School and served as an adjunct professor of fine arts at Clark University in Worcester.

During World War II, Sawyer served in the US Army's Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Division (1943-1945). He also worked in the Office of Strategic Services' Section on German Art Looting (Fall 1944) and as Assistant Secretary on the Roberts Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in War Areas (June 1945-February 1946).

From 1947 to 1956, Sawyer was dean of the School of Fine Arts (subsequently renamed the School of Architecture and Design) and director of the Division of the Arts at Yale University. He was also professor of history of art, and, from 1947 to 1953, master of Timothy Dwight College at Yale. During those years he received honorary degrees from Amherst College (LHD, 1950), Clark University (LHD, 1953), and the University of New Hampshire (DFA, 1952).

Sawyer left Yale in 1957 to become director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art and professor of art and art history. In 1963, Sawyer founded the Museum Practice Program, a Rackham School of Graduate Studies program with close ties to the Museum of Art. He retired as director in 1972 and as a professor in 1975.

Throughout his career and into his retirement, Sawyer was involved with many committees, advisory councils, and associations in the field of art. Among the organizations that Sawyer worked with are the American Association of Museums, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art in Ft. Worth, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the College Art Association, the Committee on Art Education, the Committee on Government and Art, the Committee to Rescue Italian Art, Ford Foundation, the Fogg Museum at Harvard, the Museum Publisher's Association, the National Collection of Fine Arts Commission, the New England Museum Director's Council, and the Notre Dame Advisory Council.

Sawyer independently researched German and Dutch architecture in the United States during the 1980s and into the 1990s. In 1984, he wrote an unpublished book, Germanic Communities in Texas: Their Domestic Architecture, 1840-1900.

From the guide to the Charles Henry Sawyer Papers, 1930-1997, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)

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creatorOf Sawyer, Charles. Charles Sawyer Collection 1978. University of Mississippi
creatorOf Sawyer, Charles. Sawyer, Charles : [photography bio file]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Powell, John, d. 1771. Will, 1771 November 16. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
referencedIn Child, William, b. 1834. Sawyer, Charles. Godfrey Memorial Library
creatorOf Sawyer, Charles Henry, 1906-. Papers, 1956-1990. Worcester Historical Museum
creatorOf Sawyer, Charles Henry, 1906-. Charles Henry Sawyer papers, 1930-1996. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Sawyer, Charles Henry, 1906-. Charles Henry Sawyer papers, 1933-1977. Archives of American Art
creatorOf University of Michigan. Museum of Art. Museum of Art (University of Michigan) records, 1946-2003. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Hatch, John Davis. Collection, 1801-[ca. 1950] Winterthur Library
creatorOf Dayton, Theodore Read. Correspondence, 1935-1964. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Sawyer, Charles Henry, 1906-. Charles Henry Sawyer papers, 1936-1983. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Sawyer, Charles H. Documents for the history of the conquest of California : ms., 1846 Jan.-July. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Sawyer, Charles Henry, 1906-. A report on the University Museum of Art, the University of California, Berkeley / prepared at the request of the Chancellor by Charles H. Sawyer, 1971, April 1. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957. Correspondence with Charles Sawyer, 1935-1937. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Lyonel Feininger papers, 1883-1960. Houghton Library
referencedIn Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. Papers, 1903-2005. Harvard University Art Museum
creatorOf Yale University. Letters, 1934-1964, n.d., to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Sawyer, Charles Henry, 1906-. Charles Henry Sawyer papers, 1936-1996. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Sawyer, Charles H. Papers, 1915-1990. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Addison Gallery of American Art. Addison Gallery of American Art sound recordings, 1970-1991. Archives of American Art
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library
creatorOf Sawyer, Charles Henry, 1906-. Charles H. Sawyer interview, 1964 [sound recording]. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Historica Critica sound recordings and videotapes, 1984-1992 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Sawyer, Charles Henry, 1906-. Oral history interview with Charles H. Sawyer, 1964. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sawyer, Charles Henry, 1906-. Oral history interview of Charles Henry Sawyer, 1977 Jan. 25. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sawyer, Charles Henry, 1906-. Oral history interview of Charles Henry Sawyer, 1977 Jan. 25 [sound recording]. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Charles Henry Sawyer Papers, 1930-1997 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
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associatedWith Addison Gallery of American Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Alvarado, Juan Bautista, 1809-1882. person
associatedWith American Academy of Arts and Sciences. corporateBody
associatedWith American Craft Council. corporateBody
associatedWith Association of Art Museum Directors. corporateBody
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
associatedWith Castro, José. 1810-1860. person
associatedWith Castro, Manuel de. person
associatedWith Child, William, b. 1834. person
associatedWith Cook, Howard Norton, 1901-1980. person
associatedWith Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946. person
associatedWith Dayton, Theodore Read. person
associatedWith Díaz, Manuel. person
associatedWith Ehrlich, Heyward, person
associatedWith Federal Art Project. corporateBody
correspondedWith Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956 person
associatedWith Fogg Art Museum. corporateBody
correspondedWith Forbes, Esther person
associatedWith Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890. person
associatedWith Gibbs, Howard M., 1904-1970. person
associatedWith Gillespie, Archibald H. person
associatedWith Hatch, John Davis. person
associatedWith Hayes, Bartlett H., 1904-1988. person
associatedWith Helms, Cynthia Newman person
associatedWith Historica Critica corporateBody
associatedWith Ide, William Brown, 1796-1852. person
associatedWith Independent Schools Art Instructors Association. corporateBody
associatedWith King, B. B. person
associatedWith Knaths, Karl, 1891- person
associatedWith Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971. person
associatedWith Larkin, Thomas Oliver, 1802-1858. person
associatedWith Levine, Jack, 1915- person
associatedWith Museum Publishers Association. corporateBody
associatedWith New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project. corporateBody
associatedWith New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Online Archive of California. corporateBody
associatedWith Parrott, John. person
associatedWith Pico, Pío, 1801-1894. person
associatedWith Powell, John, d. 1771. person
associatedWith Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. person
associatedWith Salisbury Mansion Associates. corporateBody
associatedWith Salisbury Mansion (Worcester, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sloat, John D. (John Drake) person
associatedWith Stearns, Abel, 1798-1871. person
associatedWith Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957. person
associatedWith University of California, Berkeley. University Art Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith University of California, Los Angeles. Brain Research Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith University of California, Los Angeles. Dept. of Anatomy corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dept. of History of Art. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dept. of History of Art. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dept. of History of Art. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Museum of Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Upper Peninsula Crafts Council (Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Waters, Herbert. person
associatedWith Waters, Herbert. person
associatedWith Woodworth, Hail. person
associatedWith Woodworth, Hail. person
associatedWith Worcester Art Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith Yale University. corporateBody
associatedWith Zerbe, Karl, 1903-1972. person
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Michigan--Ann Arbor
German Americans
United States
Massachusetts--Worcester
Michigan
Michigan--Ann Arbor
California
Frankenmuth (Mich.)
Worcester (Mass.)
Michigan
United States
Michigan
Michigan
Subject
Anatomists--Archival resources
Mexican War, 1846-1848
College art museums
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration
Art in universities and colleges
Federal aid to the arts
Museum directors--Interviews
Art historians
Gallery directors
Churches--Michigan--Frankenmuth
Dwellings--Michigan--Frankenmuth
Art museum directors
Art, American
Blues (Music)
Buildings--Michigan--Frankenmuth
Business enterprises--Michigan--Frankenmuth
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