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Title Alston Glenn Collection of Herbert Creecy Papers
Collection Alston Glenn Collection of Herbert Creecy Papers
Date 1964-2010
Type Collection
Catalog Number IN001 002
Creator Glenn, Alston
Source Alston Glenn
Extent of Description 2.25 linerar feet (2 boxes)
Scope & Content This collection centers on Herbert Lee Creecy Jr.'s career as an artist in Georgia between 1964 and 2003, and the continued proliferation of his artwork after his death, through exhibitions and publications. There are three accordion folders created from three binders of materials, each representing 1-1.5 decades of Creecy's lifetime (1964-1980, 1981-1990, 1991-2003). They contain newspaper and magazine articles, exhibition invitations/announcements and catalogues, resumes and biographies, and pictures of Creecy, his Barnesville, GA studio, and friends and family. A fourth folder of materials was created from a group of materials which appear to have been earmarked for a fourth binder. These materials contained personal documents, obituaries, and wills, ID's, organ donor cards and health information, and are mostly concerned with the period around the end of the Artist's life. They include correspondence from Herbert Creecy, and Teresa Rodreguez to Alston Glenn, documents relating to several projects such as the Coloring the 90's and Beyond Promotional Project, The Stecker Video, Who's Who in America, and copies of resumes updated throughout his career. There are some newspaper articles dating from earlier in his career as well. In addition to the many photographs of Creecy at work and enjoying life, are personal records showing glimpses of his close relationships with friends such as the Glenn family. Included here are baptismal records for Creecy as godparent to Alston Glenn's children, a High School reunion certificate, Atlanta College of Art Award images and program, and his father's driver's license.
Another group of items consists of exhibition announcements, invitations, catalogues and related materials from 1977 - 2010, well after his death. In a 3-ring binder, there are several hundred slides, mostly of his artwork from 1971-2002, the majority of which indicate name and date of work. Hundreds of photographs, both color and black and white, reveal glimpses of family life, work in his studio, and gatherings with friends and family. A large black, mostly unused scrapbook with several color images of Creecy's work and text discussing his career, along with some estimates for printing are the basis for the 2016 book Creecy, created by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Biographical History Born in Atlanta, GA, Alston Glenn (b. 1939) met Herbert Creecy in grammar school and they became life-long friends. He remembers Creecy creating models of ships, cars and planes throughout their childhood and lining them up on the windowsill for display. They often spent afternoons looking at pictures of artwork in magazines together. Alston Glenn went to just about every one of Herbert Creecy's exhibitions, and supported him throughout his career. Their families were close, and even when they didn't live near one another, they always stayed in touch through letters and visits. Alston began collecting items from Creecy's show early on, and Creecy himself often supplied Alston with materials to put in "the box," which Alston always sensed would be an important asset in remembering the prolific career of his friend. A collection of slides spanning Creecy's career, was given to Alston by Herbert Creecy, himself. Alston suspects that perhaps these selected works are those with which the artist had highest regard. Part of this collections importance as an archival asset, lies in the fact that the materials were key in creating the 2016 publication entitled Creecy, produced by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
People Creecy Jr., Herbert Lee
Glenn, Alston
Creecy III, Herbert Lee
Subjects Abstract expressionism
Abstract paintings
Abstract sculpture
Acrylic paintings
Artists, Atlanta
Artists, Georgia
Artists, Southern
Barnesville, Georgia
Landscape paintings
Painter, Georgia
Painter, Southern
Pen and ink
Polly transfer
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System of Arrangement Series 1 comprises materials from 3 original scrapbooking binders and an accordian folder. The binders have been re-housed into corresponding folders, generally organized by year, each containing subfolders by subject. A fourth folder, similarly grouped, houses documents from the original accordion folder, which relate to Creecy's later career and personal life. Two additional accordion folders of materials were re-housed as follows: Series 2 - exhibition materials organized alphabetically by venue/gallery name; series 3, consisting of original magazine articles and copies; and series 4, which comprises a binder of slides and many envelopes filled with photographs which were re-housed in photo boxes by their original envelope groupings.
Containers Box 1 Series 1: articles, correspondence, personal and exhibition documents, photographs (1983-1989)
Box 1 Series 1: articles, correspondence, personal and exhibition documents, photographs (1969-1980)
Box 1 Series 1: articles, correspondence, personal and exhibition documents, photographs (1990-2003)
Box 1 Series 1: articles, correspondence, personal and exhibition documents, photographs
Box 1 Series 2: exhibition materials (1977-2005)
Box 1 Series 3: Magazine articles and copies of articles (1971-2003)
Box 2 Series 1: Creecy book mock up and print estimates, 1991
Box 2 Series 4: Slides (1971-2002)
Box 2 Series 4: Photographs
Box 2 Series 5: DVD's CD's VHS tapes (2004-2005)
Child Records Creecy Book Mock Up
Photographs of Herbert Creecy
Photograph of Herbert Creecy and Alston Glenn
Photographs of Herbert Creecy's Studio
Christmas Card
Memorial Pamphlet