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J. Craig Sheppard and Yolande Jacobson Sheppard Papers

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0396
The records in this collection,1941 -1981, document the professional careers of Craig Sheppard and Yolanda Jacobson Sheppard. Included is (limited) correspondence and lecture notes, photographs of their work in sculpture, paint, and murals, posters and brochures of exhibits, and detailed scrapbooks. Of particular interest is United States Senate Document No. 68, Accpetance of the Statue of Patrick Anthony McCarran presented by the State of Nevada, Proceedings in the Congress and in the Rotunda, United States Capitol; March 23, 1960. There is also a pair of cuff links designed and made by Craig Sheppard commemorating the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley.

Dates

  • 1941-1979

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

5 Cubic Feet (9 boxes)

Abstract

Records in this collection document the professional careers of Craig Sheppard and Yolanda Jacobson Sheppard through correspondence and lecture notes, photographs of their work, posters and brochures of exhibits, and detailed scrapbooks. There is also a pair of cuff links designed and made by Craig Sheppard commemorating the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley.

Biographical Note

Craig Sheppard (1913 -1978 ) received his education at the University of Oklahoma, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, 1938, and a Bachelor in Sculpture, 1939. He was a instructor at the University of Oklahoma, 1939/40, then at Montana State College, Bozeman, 1942/42. During the intervening years before joining the faculty of the University of Nevada, he was production illustrator and designer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1947, Sheppard joined the Art Department at the University and is credited with enlarging facilities, improving the quality of instruction, and initiating a program of exhibitions which brought the works of major artists to the campus and community. He was a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Oslo, Norway, 1955, and sabbatical leaves took him to France in 1961, and to Mexico in 1979. Sheppard was noted primarily for his Western theme oil and watercolor paintings, though his range of graphic expression was diverse, and his work was acclaimed in numerous national and international exhibitions. Craig Sheppard retired in 1973, and in 1974 was named emeritus and awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts. In 1978, the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery in the Church Fine Arts Building, was named in honor of Craig Sheppard and his wife, Yolande.

Craig Sheppard married Yolande Jacobson (1921-1998 ) in 1941. Her father, Oscar Jacobson, was head of the University of Oklahoma Art Department, from which she graduated with a B.F.A. degree in sculpture in 1941. Under her professional name, Yolande Jacobson, her work was exhibited in numerous competitive shows. In 1959, she was selected to create a commemorative statue of Nevada's Senator, Patrick Anthony McCarran for the National Statuary Hall collection in Washington, D.C.. Her work is represented in major colleges, museums, and collections throughout the world. The Sheppards' two children, daughter Sophie and son Sim, were often models for Yolande Jacobson's portrait bust sculptures.

Arrangement

Arranged by form and size.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Sophie Sheppard, 1998. A pair of cuff links designed and made by Craig Sheppard were donated in June 2016 by Virginia Kersey.

Separated Materials

Photographs were transferred to Photograph Archives UNRA-P3426.

Creator

Title
A Guide to the Papers of J. Craig and Yolande Jacobson Sheppard
Status
completed
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

Contact:
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557-0322 USA
775-682-5665
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