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art educator , art museum director emeritus

Charles Henry Sawyer, art educator, art museum director emeritus. Named Honorary Member NMAA Commission Washington, 1985-2005.


Sawyer, Charles Henry was born on October 20, 1906 in Andover, Massachusetts, United States. Son of James Cowan and Mary Pepperrell (Frost) Sawyer.


Bachelor, Yale University, 1929. Master of Arts, Yale University, 1947. Student, Harvard Law School, 1930.

Student of Fine Arts, Harvard University Graduate School, 1932. Doctor of Humane Letters, Amherst College, 1950. Doctor of Fine Arts, University New Hampshire, 1951.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Clark University, 1953.


Director Addison Gallery of America Art, art instructor Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, 1930-1940. Director Worcester (Massachusetts) Art Museum, 1940-1946. Director division of the arts, professor history of art Yale University, New Haven, 1947-1956.

Master Timothy Dwight College Yale University, 1947-1953. Dean School of Architecture and Design, Yale University, 1947-1956. Director museum of art University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1957-1972, professor history of art, 1957-1976, director emeritus museum of art, 1973—2005, professor emeritus history of art, 1977—2005.

Member art advisory commission Harvard University, 1940-1958, Cambridge,, Amherst (Massachusetts) College, 1948-1960, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts 1948-1955, University Notre Dame, Indiana, 1973-1982, Smithsonian Art Commission, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1953-1980. Trustee Corning (New York ) Museum of Glass, 1950-1975.


Member Art Commission State of Massachusetts, Boston, 1940-1944, Historic Sites Commission, State of New Hampshire, Concord, 1948-1958, Arts Council, State of Michigan, Lansing, 1964-1972. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member Association Art Museum Directors (honorary member 1973-2005), Century Association New York, American Antiquarian Society.


  • Other Interests

    History, gardening.


Married Katharine Clay, June 28, 1934.

James Cowan Sawyer

Mary Pepperrell (Frost) Sawyer

Katharine Clay