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Charles L. Marshall, Sr. Papers


The papers of Charles L. Marshall, Sr. (1905-1992), Kansas State Architect (1945-1952) and renowned artist, were donated to the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art by his son, Charles Marshall, Jr. in March of 1993, and subsequently transferred to the Kansas State University Archives in July of 1993.

The papers are housed in 1 box. They are divided into six series 1) personal papers (1936-1986), 2) KSU Friends of Art (1950-19 90), 3) Kansas State Art Center (1963-1991), 4) Kansas State Federation of Art (1940-1985), 5) Kansas Society of Artists (1957-19 61), and 6) Zona Wheeler (1943-1978).

Processing of the papers was completed by Cindy Von Elling, Library Assistant I, in April 1994.

The collection's accession number is PC 1994.02

Biographical Sketch

1905       Born August 31 in Atchison, Kansas

1927       Graduated with Bachelors degree in architecture from Kansas State  Agricultural College

1929       Earned professional degree in architecture from Kansas State Agricultural College

1945-1952  State Architect for Kansas

1952-1986  Private architectural practice in Topeka, Kansas

1970       Received Waldo B. Heywood award from Topeka Civic Theatre

           Elected Vice-President of Kansas State Federation of Art

1980       Work was chosen for Kansas Artist Postcard Series

1983       Received Kansas Governor's Artist Award

1992       Died November 14 in Topeka, Kansas

Scope and Content Note

The Charles L. Marshall, Sr. Papers (1936-1991) document his involvement in promoting art in Kansas through his association with several art organizations based in and around Kansas State University. The papers contain correspondence, newsletters, reports, meeting information, printed material and newspaper clippings. They are housed in 1 box.

They are divided into six series 1) personal papers (1936-1986), 2) KSU Friends of Art (1950-1990), 3) Kansas State Art Center (1963-1991), 4) Kansas State Federation of Art (1940-1985), 5) Kansas Society of Artists (1957-1961), and 6) Zona Wheeler (1943-1979). Marshall's personal papers consists primarily of correspondence dealing with his involvement in the KSFA. Most are original or carbon copies, but some are photocopies. Marshall corresponded with John F. Helm, Jr., Mildred E. Hunter, Dr. F. D. Farrell, Russell Thackrey, President James McCain, Birger Sandzen (photocopies only), Charles Stroh, Don Louthian, Herschel C. Logan (photocopies only), Ward Lockwood, Charles B. Rogers, Bernard (Poco) Frazier (photocopies only), Zona Wheeler, Oscar Larmer, Bruce Reed, J. Cranston Heintzelman, Dorothy Barfoot, Mrs. Charles Sanderson, Priscilla Pastrick, Joy Jacobs and Peggy Greene. A biographical sketch is included of Marshall (1963). Also included are personal notes, receipts for paintings, newspaper clippings and exhibition booklets.

The KSU Friends of Art series primarily covers the time period of 1982-1990. Correspondents include Mandy Doolittle, Jessica Reichman and Charles Stroh. Also included are Friends of Art newsletters and an Executive Committee Report (1985-1986). The printed material (1950-1990) contains flyers, an invitation and biographies of Evan Lindquist and Edward Starr.

The Kansas State Art Center series deals with the campaign for an art museum at KSU covering the years of 1963 to 1991. It consists primarily of correspondence with Charles Stroh, Jon Wefald, Jerome Frieman, Gilbert E. Johnson, Mrs. John F. Helm, Russell Thackrey, John F. Helm, John E. Brink, Raymond Spilman, Kenneth M. Heywood and Larry Weigel. It contains notes, a proposal for the art museum, minutes from the board of directors with a worksheet to augment the brochure A New Resource, art center foundation and committee meetings, an executive report and art center fund report. Newspaper clippings, a page from the K-Stater, printer's copy of flyer for KSU art center and foundation contributions, a copy of the flyer never mailed and a suggested program for the proposed art center are contained in the printed material section. Several booklets were also included: Summary of Fund Raising Survey Report for Washburn, The Need for an Art Center at Kansas State University, and A New Resource at One of the Cultural Crossroads of Kansas.

Container List

Box  Folder
1      01       Correspondence, 1936-1940
       02           1941-1952
       03           1954-1969
       04           1970-1986
       05       Receipts for paintings, 1963-1973
       06       Exhibitions, 1964, 1967-1968
       07       Newspaper clippings, 1936-1980

             KSU Friends of Art
       08       Correspondence, 1982-1990
       09       Newsletters, 1982, 1984-1986, 1988
       10       Executive Committee Report, 1985-1986
       11       Printed material, 1950-1990

             Kansas State Art Center
       12       Correspondence, 1963-1965
       13           [1967?]
       14           1967
       15           1968-1969, January
       16           1969, February
       17           1969, February 27-1980
       18           1981-1985
       19           1986-1991
       20       Printed material
       21           Summary of Fund Raising Survey Report
       22           The Need for an Art Center at Kansas State
       23           A New Resource at one of the Crossroads

             Kansas State Federation of Art
       24       Correspondence, 1952-1970
       25           1971-1972
       26           1973-1976
       27           1977
       28           1978-1980
       29           1981-1985
       30       General information and by-laws
       31       Financial information, 1973, 1976
       32       Meetings, 1940-1965
       33           1966-1971
       34           1972-1981
       35       Membership, 1961-1972
       36           1978-1981
       37       Bulletin of Exhibits, 1962-1967
       38           1967-1972
       39       Exhibition information, 1946-1965
       40           1965-1971
       41           1971-1981
       42       Kansas Society of Artists, 1957-1961

             Zona Wheeler
       43       Correspondence, 1943-1965
       44           1967-1978
       45       Exhibitions, 1948, 1952-1953