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.
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 States.
37.23 linear feet
(54 document boxes, 7 cartons, 7 oversize boxes, 7 audiocassettes, 4 videocassettes, and 119 films)
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