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Charles B. Lawler Photographs
MS 330  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles B. Lawler photographs
    Dates: 1929/1977
    Collection number: MS 330
    Creator: Lawler, Charles B.
    Collection Size: 2 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: This collection consists mostly of b/w and color snapshots of Lawler's sculptures.
    Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Charles B. Lawler photographs. MS 330. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Tim and Lynn Mason, 2006


    Charles B. Lawler was born in Los Angeles, CA on April 22, 1902, to Oscar and Hilda B. Lawler. He graduated from UC Berkeley (1924) and then spent six months at Harvard Law School. Abandoning a law career, he returned to his native city and got closer to art via ceramics while employed at the Gladding-McBean tile plant. On a trip to Paris in 1928 he decided to become a sculptor. About 1930 he returned to Paris to study under Charles Malfray. He then studied at the CSFA under Stackpole and in Los Angeles with Archipenko. During WWII he made models for Hughes Aircraft and Lockheed. Lawler taught at Pomona College at Claremont from 1949-1957. His last twenty years were spent in a 90-acre hilltop home in Pescadero, CA. He died there on September 12, 1977.
    Working in clay, wood, and stone, Lawler's early works were representational but later evolved into abstractions.
    Exhibitions: Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles, 1938; Foundation of Western Art, Los Angeles, 1939; Golden Gate International Exhibition, San Francisco, 1939; Los Angeles County Fair, Los Angeles, CA, 1941; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, 1940, 1941 (1st prize), 1947; Ebell CLub, Los Angeles, CA, 1942; Pasadena Society of Artists, 1949; San Gabriel Vallet Artists, 1951; Chaffey AA, 1951; Padua Hills Art Festival, 1953; Scripts College, 1955; In: Ponoma College, Claremont, CA; Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, CA; Chico State University, Chico, CA; Harvard School, Los Angeles, CA; University of California, Berkeley.
    From: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection consists mostly of b/w and color snapshots of Lawler's sculptures. Most of the b/w photographs, loose and album, are from 1929 to the Los Angeles Museum Exhibition in March 1941. The color snapshots are mainly from the 1950's-1970's.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Lawler, Charles Brode--Archives
    Sculptors--California--San Francisco