Richard "Dick" Puckett papers
This collection documents the career of Richard “Dick” Puckett, director of the Fort Ord Arts and Crafts program from 1960 to 1986, as well as the activities and operations of the program itself during that time. It includes information related to the history of the arts and craft programs, administrative papers and correspondence, and policies and procedures for running the craft shops, specifically those located on Fort Ord, but also other shops within the Crafts Complex, such as the Presidio of Monterey. This collection also includes training materials, job descriptions, letters of recommendation, activity and attendance reports, interest surveys, budgets, and floor plans. Materials documenting programming include photographs and slides of art gallery events, specific pieces of art, art photography, photographs of classes and students, fliers, clippings, ephemera, artifacts, and framed items.
- Puckett, Richard, 1932-2010 (Creator, Person)
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Conditions Governing Use
163.23 Linear Feet (95 record cartons, 18 flat boxes, oversize items, framed items, artifacts)
Biographical / Historical
During his time at Fort Ord, Puckett built the largest and most varied military Arts and Crafts program in the world, winning recognition by the Department of the Army as the best in the nation. The Crafts Complex was comprised of ten Crafts Shops, including locations at the Presidio of Monterey and Hunter Liggett Military Reservation, as well as an art gallery of changing exhibits and displays. Under the direction of Puckett, the program offered hundreds of classes for soldiers and their dependents, covering topics such as painting, photography, glassblowing, ceramics and porcelain, auto shop, sculpture, jewelry, woodworking, leather, and stained glass.
Puckett remained a volunteer instructor at Fort Ord until it closed in 1993. He passed away October 20, 2010, at the age of 78, in Salinas, California.
Materials arranged in 5 series:
Series 1: General and administrative, 1955-1998
Series 2: Programs and events, 1950-1987
Series 3: Photographs and slides, 1962-1987
Series 4: Art and artifacts, 1961-1986
Series 5: Oversize, 1966-1991
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Guide to the Richard "Dick" Puckett Papers
- Finding aid prepared by Robin Guthrie
- Description rules
- Language of description