Guide to the C. Robert Perrin Papers, 1934-1990

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Summary

A graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, C. Robert Perrin served six years in France and Germany during World War II, where he was a camp illustrator. He first painted on Nantucket in 1946. Perrin’s studio on Old South Wharf became the first active gallery on the wharf in 1956, and by 1966, he had moved permanently to Washington Street. He remained active in the arts community on Nantucket for more than fifty years. Perrin died in Nantucket, Mass., on 19 April 1999. This collection includes C. Robert Perrin’s high school yearbook, diploma, and ephemera, as well as cartoons, correspondence, and souvenirs from his military service during World War II and his later career as an artist.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
MS588
Title:
C. Robert Perrin Papers
Date(s):
1934-1990
Creator:
Perrin, C. Robert, 1915-1999.
Repository:
Nantucket Historical Association
Language:
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the C. Robert Perrin Papers, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Folder 5 gift of Ellen Ray in 2010 (Acc. RL 2010.74). Folders 1-4 and 6-10 were found in collections in April 2022.

Sensitive Materials Statement:

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Related Collections

  • PH1 C. Robert Perrin Photographic Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Subject Headings

  • Artists - Nantucket.
  • Perrin, C. Robert, 1946-1999.
  • World War II.

Biographical Information

Charles Robert Perrin was born on 13 July 1915 in Medford, Mass. A graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, he served six years in France and Germany during World War II, where he was a camp illustrator. He first painted on Nantucket in 1946. Perrin’s studio on Old South Wharf became the first active gallery on the wharf in 1956, and by 1966, he had moved permanently to Washington Street. As reported in American Artist magazine in 1959, Perrin converted a Volkswagen bus into an en plein air studio on wheels. Originally an illustrator by trade, C. Robert Perrin illustrated children’s books such as Whopper and Nancy Tucket as well as posters used to market the island as a tourist destination. His work frequently included puddles, fog imagery, and ghosts. He remained active in the arts community on Nantucket for more than fifty years. Perrin died in Nantucket, Mass., on 19 April 1999.

Scope and Content

This collection includes C. Robert Perrin’s high school yearbook, diploma, and ephemera as well as cartoons, correspondence, and souvenirs from his military service and his later career as an artist. The correspondence includes letters to Perrin regarding the purchase of his cartoons and illustrations, as well as an invoice for photography services from 1989 and an invoice for accounting from 1990. The Medford High School ephemera includes two playbills for performances by the Medford High School Dramatic Club and Class of 1934. Other ephemera includes greeting cards, postcards, flyers, and a 1990 calendar featuring Perrin’s artwork. Also included are two scrapbooks. The first (1944–1951) focuses on his military service and political cartoons including newspaper clippings, correspondence, and souvenirs. Among the military souvenirs are Nazi insignia. The second (1952–1968) includes newspaper clippings, correspondence, and photographs documenting his career as an artist. The scrapbooks were deconstructed and are stored in folders.

Contents

Folder 1 Cartoon drafts,  1940–1949

Folder 2 Correspondence, 1942-1990

Includes letters to Perrin regarding the purchase of his cartoons and illustrations, as well as an invoice for photography services from 1989 and an invoice for accounting from 1990.

Folder 3 Diary, 1945

Folder 4 Diplomas, 1934, 1937

Folder 5 Ephemera, 1984, 1990, undated

Includes greeting cards, postcards, flyers, and a 1990 calendar featuring Perrin’s artwork.

Folder 6 Medford High School ephemera, 1934, undated

Includes two playbills for performances by the Medford High School Dramatic Club and Class of 1934.

Folder 7 Medford High School yearbook, 1934

Folder 8 Military passes, 1945-1946

Folder 9 Scrapbook, 1944-1951

Folder 10 Scrapbook, 1952-1968

OPF-588/1 Scrapbook,  1952-1968

Items Separated

  • OPF-588/1 Scrapbook,  1952-1968

Processing Information

Processed by Ashley Miller, April 2022.

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