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Howard Giles Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: --
Date: Oct 1966

Biographical History

Howard Giles (1876-1955) was an American painter, illustrator, and teacher. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he studied at the Art Students' League and with Jay Hambidge, whose theory of "dynamic symmetry" influenced Giles' work. In 1912 he began teaching at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art, and later was appointed Dean of the Art Department at the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York, retiring as Dean Emeritus. Giles is represented in the permanent collections of major museums and in private collections.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Howard Giles Papers include biographical material, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, published material, sketches, and watercolors.

Correspondence includes incoming and outgoing. Subject files includes manuscripts, medals, photographs, and published material. Manuscripts includes manuscripts about Mr. Giles, essays, letters on art, notes, manuscripts of others, sketches, watercolors of Giles' work, and a portfolio of students' work. Published material includes magazine articles, books, illustrations, newspaper clippings, and reproductions.

Arrangement of the Collection

Incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically by author, outgoing chronologically. Subject files are arranged alphabetically by subject. Published material is arranged alphabetically by type.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has made a concerted effort over the years to ensure that its manuscript and rare books holdings complement each other. As a result, many of our manuscript collections are supported by books, pamphlets, serials and other items which are cataloged in the Rare Books Collection. Please be sure to search the Classic Catalog for these related materials.

Subject Headings


Blashfield, Edwin Howland, 1848-1936.
Giles, Howard, 1876-1955.
Gropper, William, 1897-1997.
Hambidge, Jay, 1867-1924.
Hampden, Walter, 1879-1955.
Henri, Robert, 1965-1929.
Phillips, W. S. (Walter Shelley), 1867-1940.
Roerich, Nicholas, 1874-1947.
Ross, Denman Waldo, 1853-1935.


Art, American -- 20th century.
Art, American.
Lithographers -- United States.
Painters -- United States.
Painting, American -- 20th century.
Painting, American.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Exhibition catalogs.
Paintings (visual works)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Howard Giles Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Table of Contents



Subject files


Published material