Jerry L. Caplan Papers 1930 - 2004

Chatham University

Summary Information

Repository
Chatham University
Title
Jerry L. Caplan Papers
Creator
Caplan, Jerry L., 1927-2004
Collection Number
MSS.2013.001
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1980-2004
Date [inclusive]
1930-2004
Extent
26.5 linear feet
Abstract
Jerry L. Caplan was a professor of art at Chatham College from 1959 until 1988. He taught a variety of art courses including oil painting, design, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture, the latter being his primary subject. Caplan was the innovator of pipe sculpture, a technique in which industrial clay pipes are shaped, cut, and joined to form artworks. In his personal time, Caplan taught workshops for pipe sculptures, raku, and ceramics across the United States and around the world.

Preferred Citation:

Jerry L. Caplan Papers, 1930-2004, MSS.2013.001, Chatham University Archives & Special Collections

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Administrative History:

Jerry Caplan (1923-2004) was a prominent Pittsburgh artist and art professor at Chatham College. He was recognized for his innovative art techniques including smokeless raku, pipe sculptures, and paper pulping.  Caplan shared his art techniques through workshops held around the world.

Caplan was born to Jewish Ukranian immigrants, Louis and Yetta Kapler, and grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. His father worked in the Strip District at the Pennsylvania Railroad Produce Terminal. Caplan had a life-long aspiration to become an artist, attending drawing and painting classes at the Carnegie Museum of Art from the age of seven.

Caplan served in the US Army as a member of the 84 th Engineer Battalion. He and other artists in the Battalion were responsible for creating military camouflage. They wove camouflage netting and constructed dummy boats, planes, and tanks to throw off enemy surveillance. As the Battalion photographer, Caplan was responsible for taking aerial photographs of the dummy installations.

After the war he was employed in the pipe industry, manufacturing large clay pipes. Here Caplan gained inspiration for pipe sculptures and ceramics, which led to the creation of some of his seminal works. Under the GI Bill, Caplan attended Carnegie Mellon to attain both a bachelors and masters degree in art. He was the student of Louise Bouche, Morris Kantor, Jon Corbino, Byron Browne, and John Hovannes.

Caplan was Professor of Art at Chatham College from 1959 to 1988. He served as the chairman of the art department from 1962 until 1972 and again in the 1983-1984 academic year. Caplan taught art courses on advanced drawing, ceramics, clay and metal sculpture, casting techniques, design, oil painting, raku, and watercolors. His primary subject was sculpture. His lasting contributions to the Chatham University campus include the sculpture Metamorphosis and a tribute sculpture to Martin Luther King Jr.

Caplan organized and taught art workshops throughout the country and internationally. His most prominent events were pipe sculpture workshops at Logan Pipe in Logan, Ohio, at Pipe Symposiums across California, and workshops in England. In Pittsburgh Caplan taught at the Pittsburgh Center for the arts and served as President of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Caplan has been recognized for his creative work with Jewish communities including Temple Emmanuel in Upper St. Clair, Temple Beth El in Mt. Lebanon, and the Holocaust Center at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill.

Jerry Caplan and his wife, Becky, had two sons, Gregory and David.  Caplan had two grandchildren, Jemila and Sharon through Gregory Caplan and his wife Susan.  Jerry Caplan’s second son, David Caplan, died of a brain aneurism at age 21.  Donna Hollen Bolmgren was Jerry Caplan’s best friend and studio associate from 1969 until Caplan’s death in 2004.

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Scope and Contents

The Jerry Caplan collection contains materials pertaining to Caplan’s personal pastimes and professional activities which frequently overlapped.  The collection is the result of his work as an artist at Chatham College, in Pittsburgh, and as a teacher of the international art community. Caplan taught pipe sculpture, raku, and paper pulp workshops across the United States and in England, Australia, New Zealand, Hungry, Switzerland, and Brazil.  Materials relate to artworks, art techniques developed by Caplan, and art education including projects for Chatham College, workshops and exhibits.  Additionally, the collection includes a small number of papers and photographs about Caplan’s family. Materials are primarily dated between the 1980’s through 2004 with some family and World War II photographs dating from the 1930’s and 1940’s.

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Arrangement of Materials:

The Jerry L. Caplan collection has been preserved according to its original order as much as possible. The personal papers remain in the order in which they were stored in Caplan’s file cabinet. The photographs are kept in their original albums, drug store envelopes, or grouped together as Caplan organized them. The publications series has been rearranged in chronological order. The slides series is in original order and has been boxed according to the order in which Caplan filed them in binders and slide carousels.

The collection is arranged in seven series:

Series 1. Artifacts

Series 2. Audiovisual

Series 3. Personal Papers

Series 4. Photographs

Series 5. Publications, 1949-2004

Series 6. Scrapbooks and Sketchbooks

Series 7. Slides

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Chatham University, November 2018

Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA, 15232
412-365-1212
jkmref@chatham.edu

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is available for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright over the Jerry L. Caplan materials has not been given to Chatham University.  Please see the Archivist for copyright information.

Accruals:

None

Processing Information:

Collection processed by Alison Fulmer and Rejoice Scherry, MLIS students at the University of Pittsburgh. Completed July 22, 2014.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Chatham College.
  • Chatham University.

Personal Name(s)

  • Caplan, Jerry L., 1927-2004

Subject(s)

  • Women -- Education -- Pennsylvania -- History -- Sources
  • Women's colleges -- United States -- History -- Sources

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Artifacts 

Scope and Content: The artifacts series is comprised of nine objects related to Caplan’s life.  They are a scrapbook, sweater, hat, three of Caplan’s diplomas, a small piece of ceramic sculpture, the guest book from Caplan’s funeral, an embosser, his name plaque, and a “Jerry L. Caplan” banner made by Anna M. Summergren in 1979.  The scrapbook is marked “Created by Barbara Broff Goldman and Ellen Chisdes Neubreg for the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts June 3, 1994.”  The paper embosser is circular with “The Library of Jerry L. Caplan” along the outside and “JLC” in the center. The funeral guest book is contained in a box with Jerry Caplan’s obituary, and two documents about the death of his son David.

Series  II. Audiovisual 1983-2003 

Scope and Content: The audiovisual series contains video recordings and digital files pertaining to Jerry Caplan’s personal life and artwork. The materials in this series consist of 13 3.5 inch 1.44 MB floppy discs, 5 mini digital videocassette tapes, 8 Camcorder HGX-Gold 30 videocassette tapes, and 47 VHS tapes. The floppy discs are contained in a small box labeled “Jerry’s files, Bio, Public Art, Death, Wales” and “Back-up files, Jerry stuff and art”. Most of the videocassette tapes relate to art exhibits, workshops and Caplan’s artwork including reduction stenciling, pipe sculpture, paper pulp, and smokeless raku. There are VHS recordings of art exhibits and events including Written in Stone (1988), Animal Sculpture at the Pittsburgh Jewish Community Center (1989), and A Legacy of Excellence at the Susquehanna Art Museum (2003). There are VHS tapes of Caplan’s 1990 and 1994 workshops as well as the 1985 Pipe Sculpture Symposium. There are two VHS tapes of Caplan’s 1988 Chatham retirement party and a reunion. One undated camcorder tape contains an inventory of Caplan’s collection. There are several video recordings of other artists’ work and interviews including Donna Hollen Bolmgren, Pat Crabb, Ron Desmett, Dale Huffman, Constance Merriman, Carol Olbum, and Kenneth Triesta.

Series  III. Personal Papers c.1950-2004 

Scope and Contents

Series 3. Personal Papers Scope and Content: Subjects in the personal papers include artworks, workshops, art techniques, personal writings, his family, and World War II.  Some artworks are Twelve Tribes of Israel, Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, Tableau of Voices, Metamorphosis, and Caplan’s Holocaust Obelisk among many others. Major workshops include national workshops such as Logan Pipe in Logan, Ohio and Pipe Symposiums in California.  International workshops were held in England, Australia, New Zealand, Hungry, Switzerland, and Brazil.  Specific art techniques included are smokeless Raku, paper pulp, and pipe sculpture.  The personal writings are comprised of Caplan’s autobiographical memoir titled Under the Dining Room Table and articles for art publications Ceramics Monthly, Ceramica, The New Art Examiner, and New Zealand Potter. Document types include correspondence, legal papers, manuscripts, and publications. Photographs are found throughout the personal papers series in Box 10 Folder 4 and 27; Box 11 Folder 7, 27, 28, 30, and 31; Box 12 Folder 9, 16, 17, and 18; and Box 13 Folder 17.

  BoxFolder
Statue of Liberty Recognition Contribution n.d. 31
  BoxFolder
Calligraphy Guild of Pittsburgh Correspondence December 8, 1982 32
  BoxFolder
North Hills Art Center Awards April 14, 1984 33
  BoxFolder
International Potters Festival Programs 1997, 1998 34
  BoxFolder
Australia, New Zealand 1991-1992 35
  BoxFolder
Bronze 1975-1976, 1984 36
  BoxFolder
Monarch National Ceramic Competition 1996 37
  BoxFolder
Hungary 1994 38
  BoxFolder
Switzerland 1991-1992 39
  BoxFolder
Brazil 1996-1998 310
  BoxFolder
Publications 1991 311
  BoxFolder
Keramion 1977, 1987 312
  BoxFolder
Sandcasting 1984-1985, 1996 313
  BoxFolder
Proposal Topca 1988 314
  BoxFolder
Pipe Symposium 1984-1987 315
  BoxFolder
Reduction Stenciling 8 by 10's 1992, 1998 41
  BoxFolder
Knowles/Pilkington 1985-1987, 1989 42
  BoxFolder
Bretton 1987, 1990 43
  BoxFolder
Smokeless Reduction Under a Cardboard Box n.d. 44
  BoxFolder
Mendicino 2000 August 14-20 1999 45
  BoxFolder
Pipe Logan 2000 46
  BoxFolder
G. McBean 95 1978, 1990, 1993-1995 47
  BoxFolder
Warwickshire 1995-1996 48
  BoxFolder
Publications 1975, 1980, n.d. 49
  BoxFolder
Donna Photographs n.d. 410
  BoxFolder
Self (1 of 2) 1993, 1994, 1998, n.d. 411
  BoxFolder
Self (2 of 2) 1971, 1989, 1992, 1994, n.d. 412
  BoxFolder
Watercolor Portraits of Me n.d. 413
  BoxFolder
Gallery G 2004 414
  BoxFolder
Army Manuscript Excerpts 1993, 1995, n.d. 415
  BoxFolder
Coal 1994-1995 51
  BoxFolder
Cochran Associates n.d. 52
  BoxFolder
Cousins/Family, US Army Discharge Papers, Family Tree 1929, 1945 53
  BoxFolder
Death Certificate, Letter of Testamentary 2004 54
  BoxFolder
Mixed Correspondence 1969-1996 55
  BoxFolder
Mortgage Papers 1984-1989 56
  BoxFolder
Mill Hall 1992 57
  BoxFolder
Pipe Addresses 1979, 1984-1993 58
  BoxFolder
Family and War Photos c. 1930-1960 59
  BoxFolder
Caplan and Engel Family Photos 1978-1998, n.d. 510
  BoxFolder
Service to the Arts Award June 18, 1999 511
  BoxFolder
Greg Caplan and Family 1990-1993, n.d. 61
  BoxFolder
Clay and Nails (1 of 2) 1963, n.d. 62
  BoxFolder
Clay and Nails (2 of 2) 1963, 1992, n.d. 63
  BoxFolder
Firstside Fountain Color RB-67 n.d. 64
  BoxFolder
Holocaust and Other Art (1 of 2) 1997, n.d. 65
  BoxFolder
Holocaust and Other Art (2 of 2) 1997, n.d. 66
  BoxFolder
Judaica Holidays n.d. 71
  BoxFolder
Logan Workshop 1999, n.d. 72
  BoxFolder
Metamorphosis Negatives and Proofs n.d. 73
  BoxFolder
Heads Negatives and Proofs n.d. 74
  BoxFolder
Paper/Clay 1994 75
  BoxFolder
Paper Clay, Truro List 19776, 1993 76
  BoxFolder
Paper Clay Black and White n.d. 77
  BoxFolder
Artwork 8"x10" (1 of 2) n.d. 78
  BoxFolder
Artwork 8"x10" (2 of 2) n.d. 79
  BoxFolder
UK Photographs n.d. 710
  BoxFolder
Negatives 4 by 4 n.d. 711
  BoxFolder
12 Tribes 1980 712
  BoxFolder
Wood Carvings - Fine Wood Working Publication 1983 713
  BoxFolder
J.E.C.S. Tribute Project - Tableau of Voices 1988 714
  BoxFolder
NAVCO n.d. 715
  BoxFolder
Jerry and Artworks n.d. 716
  BoxFolder
Pipe Photos 1988, 1991-1994 717
  BoxFolder
Photos of Artworks n.d. 718
  BoxFolder
Prints for Invite Gallery in Square n.d. 81
  BoxFolder
Wall of Caring - New Kensington PA 1984 82
  BoxFolder
Jerry Caplan's Will July 19, 2000 83
  BoxFolder
Jerry Caplan at Workshops 1993-2003 84
  BoxFolder
Ulesu College Workshops n.d. 85
  BoxFolder
Jerry Caplan and Luster Artworks 1982 86
  BoxFolder
Pipe Artwork - negatives and proofs 1984 87
  BoxFolder
Richard Ambler Michaux n.d. 88
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculpture Negatives n.d. 89
  BoxFolder
Judaica of Holidays n.d. 810
  BoxFolder
Cape Cod 1995-1996 811
  BoxFolder
Publications (1 of 2) 1958-1983 812
  BoxFolder
Publications (2 of 2) 1969-1983 813
  BoxFolder
Northern Potters Association - Yorkshire 1989 814
  BoxFolder
Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh 1996 815
  BoxFolder
Publications 1999 816
  BoxFolder
International Pipe 1986-1987 91
  BoxFolder
"Under the Dining Room Table" Manuscript n.d. 92
  BoxFolder
Fountain n.d. 93
  BoxFolder
Logan 2000 94
  BoxFolder
Oregon 1995 95
  BoxFolder
Smokeless Raku Manuscripts 1986-1996, n.d. 96
  BoxFolder
Raku Workshop 1990-1995 97
  BoxFolder
Pipe England 1987-1990 98
  BoxFolder
Publications and Jerry Caplan CV 1975, 1989, 1998 99
  BoxFolder
Exhibition Announcements, Photographs of Artworks, and Tableau of VOices 1980-1996, n.d. 910

Series  IV. Photographs c. 1930-2001 

Scope and Contents

Scope and Content: The subjects of the photograph series include, individual artworks, art creation, exhibits, Caplan with students and peers, workshops, and some family photos.  The photos are housed in albums, drug store envelopes, or are loose.  The loose photographs have been foldered in original order as can best be determined.  The photographs are predominately 4” x 6” or 8” x 10” although some are irregularly sized.  The series also contains proofs and negatives.  The photographers include Caplan, commissioned professionals, workshop participants, and possibly others.

  BoxFolder
P. Crabb Show n.d. 101
  BoxFolder
Blue Box n.d. 102
  BoxFolder
Firefighter in Progress n.d. 103
  BoxFolder
Flexikiln Article n.d. 104
  BoxFolder
"Hanna's black and white negs for Sandcasting in Ventura 1985" 1985 105
  BoxFolder
Luster Bowls Plates n.d. 106
  BoxFolder
Good Tiles n.d. 107
  BoxFolder
Luster - Karen n.d. 108
  BoxFolder
How Tiles are Made - 1984, Donna and Keek 1984 109
  BoxFolder
Tableau of Voices n.d. 1010
  BoxFolder
Avebury n.d. 1011
  BoxFolder
Reitz 1980, n.d. 1012
  BoxFolder
Clay Plus n.d. 1013
  BoxFolder
School for Blind Four Winds Sculpture n.d. 1014
  BoxFolder
Firefighter's Symbol Bronze Installation n.d. 1015
  BoxFolder
Flexi Kiln Smoked Gold (Color) n.d. 1016
  BoxFolder
Frontdoor 5819 Interior n.d. 1017
  BoxFolder
Jar with blue lide, Wood Mother and Child n.d. 1018
  BoxFolder
Black and White David Pace in Progress 1019
  BoxFolder
Sponge Forms, Clay and nails sculpture, watercolors 1020
  BoxFolder
Luster Bowls Transparencies, Photograph of Yetta Caplan n.d. 1021
  BoxFolder
School for Bland "Animal" Sculpture 1022
  BoxFolder
Logan Pipe Exhibit in Kiln n.d. 1023
  BoxFolder
Luster Bowls, wrapped sculpture June 1982 1024
  BoxFolder
Verona Dump n.d. 1025
  BoxFolder
Pipe at AAP 1984 1026
  BoxFolder
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts 1998-2002 1027
  BoxFolder
Reflections Raku Bowls 111
  BoxFolder
JCC Animals 112
  BoxFolder
Inter negative Family - Miami Mall 113
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculpture and Raku bowl transparencies 114
  BoxFolder
Smoked Plates 1987 115
  BoxFolder
Tableau of Voices 116
  BoxFolder
The Artists Co-op Lecture Series 1999-2000 117
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculptures 118
  BoxFolder
Sandcasting 119
  BoxFolder
Teapots 1987 1110
  BoxFolder
Bikini Girl, Pipe Pig 1111
  BoxFolder
Reduction Stenciling 1112
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculptures 1113
  BoxFolder
Clay Plus 1114
  BoxFolder
Reflectors at Frick, Emergence 1115
  BoxFolder
Clay and Nail Teapots 1987 1116
  BoxFolder
Miscellaneous negative and transparencies of Caplan's art 1117
  BoxFolder
Firstside Fountain Sculpture 1118
  BoxFolder
Clay and Nails 1986 1119
  BoxFolder
Clay and Nails, Bound Legs, Painted Sculpture 1120
  BoxFolder
Clay and nails - Sunnyvale 1121
  BoxFolder
Clay and Nail Plates 1988 1122
  BoxFolder
1/2 cup teapots 1123
  BoxFolder
Citizen's General Hospital Wall Sculpture 1124
  BoxFolder
NAVCO, Matra, Riders - Pips Sculpture 1125
  BoxFolder
Teapots 1126
  BoxFolder
Logan Pipe newsclippings 1995-1996 1127
  BoxFolder
Metamorposis - Correspondence 1988-1994 1128
  BoxFolder
Reflectors, Bowls 1129
  BoxFolder
Scargo Pamphlet 1130
  BoxFolder
Postcard to Caplan about International Potters Festival March 30, 2000 1131
  BoxFolder
Miscellaneous Photographs, Slides and Negatives of public places and people 121
  BoxFolder
Arabesque 122
  BoxFolder
Pipe Symposium 1986 123
  BoxFolder
Mahogany Screen July 1988 124
  BoxFolder
Pipe at Gallery G October 1989 125
  BoxFolder
Jerry Caplan at work 1993 126
  BoxFolder
Reduction Stenciling 127
  BoxFolder
Recution Stenciling 128
  BoxFolder
Miscellaneous puplications, photographs, Caplan resume from "Mollie" March 1998 129
  BoxFolder
Pipe workshop proofs and negatives 1991, n.d. 1210
  BoxFolder
Reduction Stenciling 1211
  BoxFolder
Reduction Stenciling Creation 1212
  BoxFolder
Reduction Stenciling 1213
  BoxFolder
Photographs of Donna Hollen Bolmgren 1214
  BoxFolder
Reduction Stenciling 1215
  BoxFolder
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; Pittsburgh Watercolor Society 1998-2000 1216
  BoxFolder
Ideas and Proposals 1965-1993 1217
  BoxFolder
Wesley Mills, Carnegie Mellon University 1982-1983 1218
  BoxFolder
Flexikiln 1219
  BoxFolder
Reduction Stenciling 8''x10'' 1220
  BoxFolder
Reduction Stenciling 131
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculpture 132
  BoxFolder
Work in Progress 133
  BoxFolder
July 1988 134
  BoxFolder
Logan Pipe Sculpture, 5812 Apartment, Clay and Nails October 1989 135
  BoxFolder
Reduction Stenciling 1976 136
  BoxFolder
White Woman, male torso, piereced piences 1976 137
  BoxFolder
Bound Knees 138
  BoxFolder
Sunnyvale Show, Mission Pipe Workshop 139
  BoxFolder
Furniture Clay 1984 1310
  BoxFolder
Ventura Sandcasting Workshop 1987 1311
  BoxFolder
Caplan in Studio, Kaul Clay 1980 1312
  BoxFolder
Clay and Nails, Pipe Sculpture 1313
  BoxFolder
PCA Negatives 1948 1314
  BoxFolder
Sponge Forms 1315
  BoxFolder
Firstside Fountain 1316
  BoxFolder
Announcements 1983-1996 1317
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculpture, Foundation Installation 141
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculpture workshop, Raku 142
  BoxFolder
Reflectors 143
  BoxFolder
Firstside Fountain 144
  BoxFolder
Holocause Obelisk 145
  BoxFolder
Tableau of Voices 146
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculptures 147
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculptures 148
  BoxFolder
Firstside Ribbon Cutting 149
  BoxFolder
Luster 1410
  BoxFolder
Clay and Nails 1411
  BoxFolder
Teapots 1412
  BoxFolder
Miscellaneous Artworks 1413
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculptures 1414
  BoxFolder
Reduction Stenciling, Raku 1415
  BoxFolder
Twelve Tribes 1416
  BoxFolder
Exhibits 1417
  BoxFolder
Pulling Bends (Logan) 151
  BoxFolder
Logan Pipe (Dale) 1983 152
  BoxFolder
Logan Pipe workshop 1986 153
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculpture Workshop [?] 154
  BoxFolder
Logan Pipe, Painted Torso 155
  BoxFolder
PCA Raku Area 156
  BoxFolder
Touchstone 1986 157
  BoxFolder
Pipe Symposium, California, Moonelis, Etc. 158
  BoxFolder
Pipe Symposium, California 159
  BoxFolder
Touchstone 1992 1510
  BoxFolder
Portland 1511
  BoxFolder
Boulder Workshop 1512
  BoxFolder
Federich and Nagle 1513
  BoxFolder
Symposium Horrell 1989 1514
  BoxFolder
Cape Cod 161
  BoxFolder
Harrogate Sidewalk Howe and Maryland 162
  BoxFolder
Hilton Head 1992 163
  BoxFolder
Pebble Beach 164
  BoxFolder
Fremont 1990 165
  BoxFolder
York Boothhouse 166
  BoxFolder
Pipe Breton 167
  BoxFolder
Halifax Pipe 168
  BoxFolder
Halifax Hebden Bridge 169
  BoxFolder
Lynnes House Halifax 1610
  BoxFolder
Pipe Workshop 1611
  BoxFolder
Logan 1988 1612
  BoxFolder
Bretton Hall 1613
  BoxFolder
Ventura Raku 1989 1614
  BoxFolder
Logan 1991 171
  BoxFolder
Ventura Raku 1989 172
  BoxFolder
Woman at Pipe Workshop 173
  BoxFolder
Logan Pipe Workshop 1992 174
  BoxFolder
Logan Pipe Workshop 175
  BoxFolder
Cal. PA 176
  BoxFolder
Miscellaneous Workshops (1 of 2) 177
  BoxFolder
Miscellaneous Workshops (2 of 2) 178
  BoxFolder
Ceramics 1977 179
  BoxFolder
Natural Rock Formations and Seaside 1710
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculpture "Chorus" 1711
  BoxFolder
Qualters and Sewickly Academy 1982 1712
  BoxFolder
The Great TV Auction: Art Antiques Day 181
  BoxFolder
Stephan Kemenyffy 1981 182
  BoxFolder
Photograph of Painting of Buildings on Mountainside 183
  BoxFolder
33rd Scripps College Ceramics Annual April 6, 1977 184
  BoxFolder
Tableau of Voices 185
  BoxFolder
Brockway Clay Co Factory proofs 186
  BoxFolder
Publications - clippings 1980, n.d. 187
  BoxFolder
Miscellaneous and Personal Correspondence 1973-1975 188
  BoxFolder
Art Forum Newsletter Vol. 4 No.2 November 1984 189
  BoxFolder
Twelve Tribes and Reduction Stenciling 1810
  BoxFolder
Santa Ana College 1984 1811
  BoxFolder
Grant Negatives 1967-1969 1812
  BoxFolder
Seaside Photographs 1813
  BoxFolder
[?] Workshop 1974 1814
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculptures 1815
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculptures 1816
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculpture Workshop Negatives 1975 1817
  BoxFolder
A of Y Show 1818
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculptures 1819
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculptures 1820
  BoxFolder
Industrial Pipe Manufacturing 1821
  BoxFolder
Reduction Stenciling 1822
  BoxFolder
Caplan Creating Pipe Sculptures 1823
  BoxFolder
Clay Figures 1824
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculptures 1825
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Caplan at unknown art gallery n.d. 191
  BoxFolder
Hunks of Clay n.d. 192
  BoxFolder
T.E. Emmanuel in Progress n.d. 193
  BoxFolder
Outdoor Pipe Sculpture - Negatives n.d. 194
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculpture in Progress n.d. 195
  BoxFolder
Industrial Pipe Manufacturing Negatives n.d. 196
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculpture and Redduction Stenciling Negatives n.d. 197
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculpture Exhibit Negatives n.d. 198
  BoxFolder
Pipe - Susie B. Photos 1980 199
  BoxFolder
Reduction Stenciling Process 1978 1910
  BoxFolder
Tower M Container, PPA Negatives n.d. 1911
  BoxFolder
Reflectors 1979 1912
  BoxFolder
Reduction Stenciling 1979 1913
  BoxFolder
Pipe 75, Coming Out Pipe Patterns 1975 1914
  BoxFolder
Troy n.d. 1915
  BoxFolder
Clay and Nails, Hippo in Progress Negatives n.d. 1916
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Sculpture 1966-1967 1917
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Carol's Helmet n.d. 1918
  BoxFolder
Jerry Caplan - Clay ain't mud n.d. 1919
  BoxFolder
Watercolor Printing n.d. 1920
  BoxFolder
Flooded Studio (Brockway) n.d. 1921
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Temple E. Panels in Progress n.d. 1922
  BoxFolder
Donna at Brockway n.d. 1923
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Barsom Dancer n.d. 1924
  BoxFolder
Pipe Show, Chatham, Shadyside Railroad Station n.d. 1925
  BoxFolder
F.F. Pipe - 68 Hippo Making 69 n.d. 1926
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Brockway 1975 1927
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Titles in Progress n.d. 1928
  BoxFolder
Relief Sculpture n.d. 1929
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Sculpture Class 1964 1930
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Bob and Jerry Formal, Day Trip, E.S., DB Paintings n.d. 1931
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n.d. 1932
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[?] Pieces, Pipes 1970 1933
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Bikini n.d. 1934
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Christmas Party, 1967, Littleton Show, Hodgell 1967, n.d. 1935
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Pipe Sculptures 1971, n.d. 1936
  BoxFolder
Trip to Albright Know, Raku Bowl 2, Nudes n.d. 1937
  BoxFolder
Martin Luther ing Memorial Summer of Change n.d. 201
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Raku Helmets n.d. 202
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Pipe Sculpture Negative n.d. 203
  BoxFolder
Ceramics 1965 204
  BoxFolder
Pipe Sculpture Chairs n.d. 205
  BoxFolder
Brockway Pick up n.d. 206
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Brockway Fired Ware Stove n.d. 207
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Twelve Tribes Being Carved n.d. 208
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Washington D.C. n.d. 209
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Raku Reduction Patterning - Nudes on Platters n.d. 2010
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Twelve Tribes at Workship negatives n.d. 2011
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Pipe Sculpture Chairs n.d. 2012
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Baroque C Pipes, M. King n.d. 2013
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Negatives - Field of clay pots n.d. 2014
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Ceramics Class at Chatham n.d. 2015
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Clay and Nails Outdoor Show n.d. 2016
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Electric Raku Reduction n.d. 2017
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Bronze Foundry 1978 2018
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Reduction Pattern n.d. 2019
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Teapot Reflection n.d. 2020
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Sunnyvale Show, Clay and Nails n.d. 2021
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Starfish Cactus Plant n.d. 2022
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Pipe Sculptures and Outdoors n.d. 2023
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Troy and Dayton Negatives n.d. 2024
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Corona July 1979 211
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Mission Clay August 1983 212
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Clay Plus Negatives n.d. 213
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Emergence n.d. 214
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Toronto Pipe 67-68 1967-1968 215
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Kansas City 1989 216
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United Kingdom n.d. 217
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England - Stonehenge n.d. 218
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California Coast n.d. 219
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Stoke-on-Trent n.d. 2110
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Ventura with Brian and Joy n.d. 2111
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Stonehenge n.d. 2112
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Hanna S.F. n.d. 2113
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Bretton Hall n.d. 221
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Santa Cruz n.d. 222
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St. Louis n.d. 223
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Chatham College and Art n.d. 224
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Chatham Events n.d. 225
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Raku Workshop n.d. 226
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Caplan Teaching at Workshops and Miscellaneous n.d. 227
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Environmental Class, Greenhouse 1988 228
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Clay Covered Chicken Party n.d. 229
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Environmental Class 1988 2210
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The Clay Place November 9, 2001 2211
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Chatham College, Environmental Class 1988 2212
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Opening Colonade - Gallery G n.d. 231
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Chatham Clay and Nails 1998 232
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Jerry Caplan headshots and with friends n.d. 233
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Miscellaneous Exhibits and Art Installations n.d. 234
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Transparencies of Luster Teapots n.d. 235
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Painted Pipe Sculpture 1985 236
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Clay and Nails 8"x10" 1992 237
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Negatives n.d. 238
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Artworks, Exhibits, and Tableau of Voices Award 1940, 1979, 1997, n.d. 239
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Donna Hollen Bolmgren and Jerry n.d. 2310
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Small green photo album with photographs of Metamorphosis installation 1994 23
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Small purple photo album with photographs of Metamorphosis installation 1994 23
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Small purple leather and cloth-covered album with photographs of artworks n.d. 23
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Small grey leather and cloth-covered album with photogrpahs of artworks n.d. 23
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Small purple cloth-covered album with personal photographs n.d. 23
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Large black and grey album with photographs of workshops n.d. 23
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Large red album with photographs of workshops n.d. 23
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Jerry Caplan Sculpture Painting Photo Album n.d. 24
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Framed photograph of Jerry Caplan n.d. 25
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Framed photograph of Jerry Caplan n.d. 25

Series  V. Publications 1946-2004 

Scope and Contents

The publications include magazines, exhibit catalogs, news clippings, promotional postcards, auction catablogs, art gallery sales catalogs, advertisements, and arts festival programs dated between 1949 and 2004. Some publications feature Caplan's artwork while others contain commentaries by Caplan.

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1946 261
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1949 262
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1952 263
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1953 264
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1955 265
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1957 266
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1958 267
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1960 268
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1961 269
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1964 2610
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1965 2611
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1967 2612
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1968 2613
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1969 2614
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1970 2615
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1971 2616
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1972 2617
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1973 2618
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1974 2619
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1975 2620
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1976 2621
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1977 271
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1978 272
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1979 273
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1980 274
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1981 275
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1982 276
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1983 277
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1984 278
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1986 279
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1989 2710
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1991 2711
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1992 2712
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1993 2713
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1994 2714
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1995 2715
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1996 2716
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1997 2717
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1998-1999 2718
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2000 2719
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2003-2004 2720
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Undated Publications n.d. 2721

Series  VI. Scrapbooks and Sketchbooks 

Scope and Contents

Scope and Content: This series is comprised of two scrapbooks and six sketchbooks.  The first scrapbook has a picture of a camera on the cover and contains Caplan’s photographs of the 84th Engineers Battalion in World War II.  The second scrapbook is identified by the title “Jerry L. Caplan Sculpture, Painting.”  It contains multiple photographs of Caplan’s pipe sculptures, one photograph of a glass work, and two photographs of raku artworks. The six sketchbooks are characterized by the differences in their contents.  The largest sketchbook is labeled “Jerry L. Caplan Designer, designer, Muralist” and contains ideas for murals.  It also holds photographs and news clippings featuring Caplan’s murals.  A second sketchbook is comprised of Caplan’s sketches, notations, and calculations about the progress of his works.  A sketchbook with a yellow cover contains drawings in charcoal and pencil.  There are two brown sketchbooks. The first holds sketches of flowers in pen, and the second has pipe sculpture ideas also in pen.  Finally, a binder holds photocopies of sketches by other artists and magazine clippings.  There are some original sketches but other than several signed by Donna Hollen Bolmgren, Caplan’s closest friend, the creators are unknown.

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Jerry L. Caplan Designer Muralist Sketchbook c. 1955 28
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White binder with sketches by others and possibly Caplan 29
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Yellow Sketchbook with pencil drawings and magazine clippings 29
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Brown sketchbook with ink and pencil sketches including flowers 30
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Brown sketchbook with ink and pencil sketches including pipe sculptures 30
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Black sketchbook with mathematical calculations, notations and drawings 31
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War photos scrapbook 32

Series  VII. Slides 

Scope and Content: The slides found in the Jerry L. Caplan collection are predominately of individual artworks. Most of the works are by Caplan, however the creators of others are unknown. The unknown works were photographed at workshops and art exhibits. The media of the artworks varies and includes pipe sculptures, luster, ceramics, raku, paper pulp, watercolors, oil paintings, and wood crafts. The series additionally contains slides of workshops and exhibits. The subjects of the workshop slides include the participants, their artworks, the workspace, and Caplan teaching. The exhibit slides feature opening ceremonies, gallery interiors, exhibit guests, and featured artists. Specific details for all the slides are unknown except where there are occasional notations on the slide frames. The slides are grouped according to the binders in which Caplan stored them. They are housed in slide trays within a larger box. There are 6 trays within each box and 5 boxes in total. There are two folders labeled “From Slide Carousel 1, n.d.” and “From Slide Carousel 2, 1995, n.d.”, which are stored in Box 37. There are also slides in Box 6 Folder 3 and Box 18 Folder 2.