Dean Carter Papers
Scope and Content
This collection contains administrative and teaching records, such as art course materials, departmental correspondence, photographs, and art exhibition materials from Dean Carter, professor and former head of the Art Department at Virginia Tech from 1950-1992.
Series I: Administrative Files contains departmental memorandums, letters, and other forms of correspondence between Dean Carter and other organizations and people. It also includes historical materials about the development of the Art Department at Virginia Tech, College of Architecture documents, and flyers and promotional materials for events and art exhibitions hosted by these departments. This series also has different photographs of artworks and sculptures, students in art class, and portraits, as well as an art gallery guestbook.
Series II: Teaching Files consists of art history, drawing, sculpture, and painting course materials, such as syllabi, tests, and worksheets from the Art Department from the 1960s to the 1990s. It also includes flyers, photographs, and promotional materials for these courses.
Series III: Oversized Posters contains promotional materials for art shows, craft fairs, art galleries, and other events.
- 1955 - 1995
- Majority of material found within 1964 - 1982
- Carter, Dean, 1922-2013 (Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in this collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
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Dean Carter (1922-2013) was born in Henderson, North Carolina. He was a World War II (WWII) veteran, serving in the Army Air Corps. He received a his bachelor's from American University and Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University. In 1950, Carter helped establish the Art Department at Virginia Tech and was department head for about 10 years. He taught numerous classes such as sculpture, drawing, and art history, from the years of 1950 to 1992.
His work in sculpture has been displayed and exhibited throughout the United States. In 1992, Carter and his wife established the Dean and Rosina Carter Endowed Art Scholarship, which awards funds to outstanding visual arts students in their junior year at Virginia Tech.
- "In memoriam: Dean Carter, professor emeritus of art and art history, College of Architecture and Urban Studies." entry, VT News, May 2, 2013, https://vtx.vt.edu/articles/2013/05/050313-caus-deancarter.html
4.2 Cubic Feet (2 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
This collection contains administrative and teaching records, such as art course materials, departmental correspondence, photographs, and art exhibition materials from Dean Carter (1922-2013), professor and former head of the Art Department at Virginia Tech from 1950-1992.
This collection is arranged in three series, within each series the folders were arranged alphabetically:
Series I: Administrative Files
Series II: Teaching Files
Series III: Oversized Posters
Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated to Special Collections and University Archives in September 2021.
Duplicates were weeded or separated. One faculty evaluation was deaccessioned due to confidentiality and in accordance with the request of the donor.
The following publications were separated to the Rare Book Collection at Virginia Tech Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA):
- "Environment for Education" (VPI President's Report), 1968/1969
- "A Report of Progress and A Look to Years Ahead" (Bulletin Vol. LI, No. 9), July 1958
- Commencement program, Department of Art, VPI&SU, June 10, 1978
- VPI Student Directory, 1967/1968
- "A New water system", [Blacksburg, Va.] : Blacksburg, Christiansburg, V.P.I. Water Authority, 1957
Duplicate ephemera, such as brochures and flyers, were separated to the Record Group Vertical Files, also at SCUA.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Dean Carter Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing, arrangement, and description of the Dean Carter Papers was completed in November 2021.
- Faculty evaluation of Dean Carter for Art 3074
- Dean Carters Papers, 1955-1995 (bulk 1964-1982)
- Kiana Wilkerson, Graduate Assistant
- 2021 (CC0 1.0)
- Language of description
- Script of description
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