Scope and Content
Title: William Dole papers
Identifier/Call Number: UArch FacP 52
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
Language of Material:
37.23 linear feet
(54 document boxes, 7 cartons, 7 oversize boxes, 7 audiocassettes, 4 videocassettes, and 119 films)
Date (inclusive): circa 1940-1983
Papers of William Dole (1917-1983), American abstract collage artist born in Angola, Indiana, and former Professor of Art
at UC Santa Barbara. This collection includes exhibition catalogs, correspondence, gallery records slides and photographs,
teaching files, press clippings, and Dole's personal archive. In addition to his papers, this collection includes a large
amount of material related to his art-making process, such as old books and paper ephemera which Dole used as source material
for his collages. Finally, the collection includes many Dole prints: lithographs, monoprints, and test prints.
Language of Materials:
The collection is in English.
Dole, William, 1917-1983
The collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
[Identification of Item], William Dole papers, UArch FacP 52. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library,
University of California, Santa Barbara.
Gift of Hilary Dole Klein, 2012.
Processed by Alisa Alexander, 2013.
Born in Angola, Indiana, William Dole (1917-1983) was a prominent American collage artist of the twentieth century. After
receiving his bachelor's degree in 1938 from Olivet College in Michigan, Dole married Kathryn Holcomb and served in the US
Army from 1942-45. After the army, Dole went on to obtain a master's degree from UC Berkeley.
Dole then served as a lecturer in art at UC Berkeley until he received a faculty position at UC Santa Barbara in 1949. In
1958 he became chairman of the art department, and in 1962 he was promoted to full professor.
During his lifetime, Dole's work was exhibited in California and New York (as well as other parts of the United States) and
also in London and Berlin. His collages are characterized by Dole's consistent inclusion of textual components in his compositions.
As Dole stated, "The printed work…even in and unknown foreign language…has a sense of authority that no other graphic element
has." In addition, he favored more geometric compositional arrangements, and displayed nuanced and studied use of color. Dole's
life and work make up a significant contribution to a greater understanding of post-War abstract and collage art in the United
Scope and Content
The collection contains an extensive amount of material devoted to Dole's professional career as both an artist and an educator.
Series I contains exhibition catalogs featuring Dole's work in both one-man and group exhibitions from the course of his career.
Series II is devoted to Dole's correspondences, both personal and professional. Series III contains gallery records and files
which include account and gallery records, as well as professional resumes.
Series IV is primarily comprised of materials from Dole's personal archive, as well as additional materials such as newspaper
clippings, magazines featuring his work, and miscellaneous personal files. In this series one can find an assortment of personal
and professional materials such as lecture notes, UC Santa Barbara files, bank statements, etc.
Series V contains Dole's personal teaching files and art ephemera clippings he used as sources for teaching inspiration. Series
VIII is devoted to his professional career as an artist and includes interviews, article, proofs for publication, etc.
Series VI, VII, and IX are primarily Dole's art making materials such as collage source material books, paper ephemera, oversize
prints, etched plates, as well as a collection of slides and photographs of his work.
Series XI (2014 Addition) contains early artwork and sketches, collage materials, correspondence, and approximately 100 home
movie films, many taken at Hollister Ranch in the 1960's.
This collection has been arranged into the following series: I. Exhibition catalogs, II. Correspondence, III. Gallery records,
IV., Personal, V. Teaching, VI. Art objects, VII. Photographs, VIII. Art career, IX. Oversize prints, X. Audiovisual, XI.
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