Skip to main content

Thomas Paul Sheffield Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2015-05

Collection Scope

The small collection contains biographical material and correspondence relative to Sheffield’s education, employment, and art exhibitions as well as photographs of some of his ceramics. Also included in the collection is a report he wrote on wind generated electricity.

Dates

  • 1953 - 1977

Creator

Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Use

Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing.

History

Thomas Paul Sheffield was born April 7, 1925 in Seattle, Washington. After graduating from high school, Sheffield attended the University of Washington (1942-1945) and at the same time was studying engineering and mathematics in the V-12 Naval College training program. He was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve before he was able to finish his degree. When he returned to the U.S., he reentered the university where he studied art under Ed Rossbach, and received his Bachelor of Science in 1948. Rossbach, a Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate, recommended Sheffield to the Academy’s registrar, Wally Mitchell. While Sheffield enrolled in Cranbrook’s department of ceramics under Maija Grotell in 1948 under the G.I. Bill, he changed his major focus to painting with Zoltan Sepeshy, and received his master of Fine Arts in August 1950.

Upon graduation, Sheffield received a position at the University of Nebraska as a ceramics instructor. Over the next thirty-seven years, Sheffield taught ceramics, sculpture, and bronze-casting, eventually becoming a Professor of Art with full tenure. Throughout his career, he continued to produce his own art work in ceramics, painting, and photography, and exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, Joslyn Art Museum, and the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts among others. He was awarded the purchase prize at the 1951 invitational Cranbrook Alumni Exhibition.

In the 1970s, Sheffield became interested in wind powered electricity and exhibited his models for projected designs at the Sheldon Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sheffield was married for sixty-seven years to Josephine Marie Gunear, and they had three children. Sheffield passed away on November 30, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet (1 MS)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

After serving as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Thomas Paul Sheffield returned to the University of Washington to study art under Ed Rossbach, and received his Bachelor of Science in 1948. Rossbach, a Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate, recommended Sheffield to the Academy’s registrar, Wally Mitchell. While Sheffield enrolled in Cranbrook’s department of ceramics under Maija Grotell in 1948 under the G.I. Bill, he changed his major focus to painting with Zoltan Sepeshy, and received his master of Fine Arts in August 1950. Upon graduation, Sheffield received a position at the University of Nebraska as a ceramics instructor. Over the next thirty-seven years, Sheffield taught ceramics, sculpture, and bronze-casting, eventually becoming a Professor of Art with full tenure. Throughout his career, he continued to produce his own art work in ceramics, painting, and photography, and exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, Joslyn Art Museum, and the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts among others. In the 1970s, Sheffield became interested in wind powered electricity and exhibited his models for projected designs at the Sheldon Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sheffield was married for sixty-seven years to Josephine Marie Gunear, and they had three children. Sheffield passed away on November 30, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The small collection contains biographical material and correspondence relative to Sheffield’s education, employment, and art exhibitions, as well as photographs of some of his ceramics. Also included in the collection is a report he wrote on wind generated electricity.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition

The collection was donated to the Cranbrook Archives by Josephine Sheffield.

Processing History

Processed by Leslie S. Edwards, June 2016.
Title
Guide to the Thomas Paul Sheffield Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid written by Leslie S. Edwards.
Date
June 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Edition statement
Resource record created by Laura MacNewman.

Repository Details

Part of the Cranbrook Archives, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Repository

Contact:
39221 Woodward Ave.
P.O. Box 801
Bloomfield Hills MI 48303 US