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John Thayer Casey papers

Identifier: WUA085

Scope and Contents

The John Thayer Casey papers include correspondence, course planning materials from the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, photographs of works, and business papers. Casey's correspondence includes letters, written both to and from other influential members of the Northwest art scene. Casey maintained both professional and personal relationships with Carl Hall, Jack Eyerly, Jim Shull, Carole Smith and former student Rick Bartow among others. In addition to an extensive collection of photographs of his artworks the John Thayer Casey papers include material describing techniques used in the creation of several pieces.


  • 1957-2013


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.

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Biographic Note

John Thayer Casey was born in New London, Connecticut in 1931. He started painting in oils at the age of twelve and received formal art training at the University of Oregon. He received his Bachelors of Arts in drawing and painting in 1958. In 1962, Casey graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in painting from the California College of Arts and Crafts. He taught studio art, history and theory at Western Oregon State College (now Western Oregon University) from 1965 until his retirement in 1988.

Casey's work has been exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, and other smaller galleries. In addition to teaching, Casey operated White Crow Graphics, a design company servicing businesses in the Willamette Valley. After retiring from Western Oregon State College, Casey continued to teach courses through the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

Casey passed away in Salem, Oregon in May 2011.


2 Linear Feet (3 boxes)


The John Thayer Casey papers include correspondence with other influential northwest artists, course planning materials photographs of artworks, and business papers from Casey's professional career spanning 1962-2009.


Materials retain order created by Kathleen Casey prior to donation.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited by Kathleen Casey, 2014.

Processing Information

The John Thayer Casey papers retain an order implemented by Kathleen Casey. The papers are divided into 24 groupings. These physical units are marked with both numbered folders and dividers. Groupings which contain more than one folder include: #1, #2, #5, #9, and #10.
Guide to the John Thayer Casey papers, 1957-2013
Finding aid processed by Christopher McFetridge.
© 2015
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections Collection Descriptions

Mark O. Hatfield Library
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