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C. Howard Church papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-17.247

Scope and Content

The papers of C. Howard Church include correspondence, Kresge Art Museum newsletters and mailings, exhibit brochures, brochures about the Michigan State University Art department programs, articles and newspaper clippings, MSU Publications, and some biographical material on Church.


  • Creation: 1936 - 1992


Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

C. Howard Church was born in Sioux City, Nebraska on May 1, 1904. He received his B.F.A. in 1935 at the Art Institute of Chicago, his B.A. in 1938 at the University of Chicago and his M.A. in 1939 at The Ohio State University.

Church directed and taught in the Morgan Park School of Art in Chicago 1934-36, instructed painting and drawing at Vanderpool Art Gallery in Chicago 1936-38, and directed the Mulvane Art Museum and headed the Washburn University Department of Art from 1940-1945.

Church joined the staff at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in 1945 as chair of the Department of Art and remained in that role until 1960. He continued on the faculty until 1971 when he retired.

While at Michigan State University, he was the coordinator for the planning of the new Kresge Art Center which opened in 1959.

He died January 3, 1993 at age 88.


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Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.



C. Howard Church Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
E. Busch
August 2011
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US