John Thayer Casey papers, 1957-2013  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Casey, John Thayer, 1931-2011
John Thayer Casey papers
1957-2013 (inclusive)
2 linear feet, (3 boxes)
Collection Number
The John Thayer Casey papers include correspondence with other influential northwest artists, course planning materials photographs of artworks, and business papers from Casey's professional career spanning 1962-2009.
Willamette University Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem, OR
Telephone: 503-370-6866
Fax: 503-370-6141
Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

John Thayer Casey was born in New London, Connecticut in 1931. He started painting in oils at the age of twelve and received formal art training at the University of Oregon. He received his Bachelors of Arts in drawing and painting in 1958. In 1962, Casey graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in painting from the California College of Arts and Crafts. He taught studio art, history and theory at Western Oregon State College (now Western Oregon University) from 1965 until his retirement in 1988.

Casey's work has been exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, and other smaller galleries. In addition to teaching, Casey operated White Crow Graphics, a design company servicing businesses in the Willamette Valley. After retiring from Western Oregon State College, Casey continued to teach courses through the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

Casey passed away in Salem, Oregon in May 2011.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The John Thayer Casey papers include correspondence, course planning materials from the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, photographs of works, and business papers. Casey's correspondence includes letters, written both to and from other influential members of the Northwest art scene. Casey maintained both professional and personal relationships with Carl Hall, Jack Eyerly, Jim Shull, Carole Smith and former student Rick Bartow among others. In addition to an extensive collection of photographs of his artworks the John Thayer Casey papers include material describing techniques used in the creation of several pieces.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Thayer Casey papers, Archives and Special Collections, Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Miscellaneous correspondence: 1a. Personal 1b. Professional
Includes folder titled Carl Hall, and an untitled folder containing letters.
1 2 Correspondence from Rick Bartow, Carl and Phyllis Hall, Jim Shull, Andy Vincent, Dan May, Carole Smith
Includes folder titled Rick Bartow, letters to Jack Eyerly, CD titled "Jack Eyerly PDF."
1 3 Art Education - not related to WOU 2008-2009
1 4 Photographic works - proofs: final prints to sell; other undated
1 5 Images of his works - print, digital, negatives, and slide film
Includes prints of artworks as well as three compact discs containing digital copies of artwork.
1 6 Photographs upon which some works were based or influenced 1961-2003
1 7 Postcards; business cards; exhibition materials 1973-2008
1 8 Sketches, notes about future works, color sample sheets, equipment used 2006-2008
1 9 Artist's Statements, vitae 1960s-2002
1 10 Relating to business, media/techniques, other
Includes folder titled "Studio Tour."
1 11 Mid-Valley ArtsNews, critcisms/critiques 1961-2003
1 12 Proposal for installation art, and other OAC materials 1975-1984
1 13 "1% for Art" committee materials 1993
1 14 Paintings of John Casey graduate portfolio 1962 June
1 15 Henry Gallery Northwest "Northwest Archives of Art"
Includes correspondence between LaMar Harrington and John Casey.
1 16 Current Gallery 2005-2006
1 17 Japanese Ink Painting and Calligraphy
Exhibition catalog from the University of Oregon.
1 18 Oregon Artists Equity Committee notes 1981
1 19 Photographs of the artist; posthumous events; quotes 2011-2013
1 20 Partial Inventory of Works
Includes notes, spreadsheets, and printouts documenting Casey's paintings.
1 21 Miscellaneous
Includes notes, reports, ephemera, and mailings.
1 22 Salem Art Association, Portland Art Association, AAYH
Includes letters and publications from art associations.
1975, 2006
1 23 Purchase of graphic arts business 1982
1 24 Initial inventory (folder level) of archival materials donated to WOU archives.
Materials primarily pertain to Casey's career as an educator at Western Oregon University.
2012 June 11
2 1 Show: "5x5" 1987 November
2 2 Exhibition Materials 1963-2006
2 3 Exhibition Materials 1958-1996
2 4 Exhibition Materials 1962-2007
2 5 Bartow
Materials related to Rick Bartow.
2 6 Exhibition Materials 1968-1971
2 7 Bibliomania
Includes exhibition materials and mailers.
2 8 Slides
Slides depict photographs of artworks.
2 9 Slides
Slides depict photographs of artworks.
2 10 "Plastics for Kinetic Art"by Nicholas Roukes
Materials related to Rick Bartow.
2 11 Stamp
Stamp reads "Casey Sculpture Studio Independence, Oregon".
3 Sketchbook
Removed from box 2.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Arts--Northwest, Pacific
  • Art--Study and teaching
  • Fine Arts
  • Graphic arts
  • Personal Names :
  • Bartow, Rick, 1946-
  • Hall, Carl, 1921-1996
  • Hall, Phyllis
  • May, D. E., 1952-
  • Shull, Jim
  • Smith, Carole
  • Vincent, Andy
  • Corporate Names :
  • Western Oregon University
  • Geographical Names :
  • Monmouth (Or.)
  • Oregon
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • color photographs
  • correspondence
  • paintings (visual works)