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art historian , Museum director

Frederick J. Dockstader, museum director, art historian. Recipient 1st prize silversmithing Cleveland Museum Art, 1950, award Lotos Club, 1972; Best Western Art Book award, Oklahoma Western Heritage Award, 1988, Silver medal Best Art Book Art Directors New Jersey, 1988, Silver medal Leipzig Book Fair, 1989; fellow Rochester Museum Arts and Sciences.


Dockstader, Frederick J. was born on February 3, 1919 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Son of Fred and Dorothy Dockstader.


AB, Arizona State College. A.M., Arizona State College. Doctor of Philosophy, Western Reserve University, 1951.

Doctor of Fine Arts honoris causa, Hartwick College, 1991. Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa, University South Dakota, 1992.


Teacher, Flagstaff (Arizona) City Schools, 1936-1941;Teacher, Cranbrook (Michigan) Schools, 1942-1950;staff ethnologist, Cranbrook Institute Science, 1950-1952;faculty, also curator anthropology, Dartmouth College, 1952-1955;assistant director, Museum American Indian, Heye Foundation, New York City, 1955-1960;director, Museum American Indian, Heye Foundation, 1960-1975;advisory editor, Encyclopedia Americana, since 1957. Commissioner United States Indian Arts and Crafts Board, 1955-1967. Visiting professor art and archeology Columbia University, 1961-1964.

Adjunct Professor art history Arizona State University, Tempe, since 1983. Member of New York State Museum Advisory Council, 1960-1965, Fulbright Committee, since 1985.



Trustee Huntington Free Library, Futures for Children Foundation, Fred Harvey Foundation, Thomas Jefferson Forum, since 1983. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, Cranbrook Institute of Science, American Anthropological Association. Member Society of America Archeology.

Clubs: Cosmos, Century.


Married Alice Elizabeth Warren, December 25, 1951.

Fred Dockstader

Dorothy Dockstader

Alice Elizabeth Warren