Career Biography of Charles Samuel Addams

 
   
1912

Born January 7 to Grace M. Spear and Charles Huey Addams in Westfield, NJ

 

1929

Graduates from Westfield Senior High School

 

Attends Colgate University, Hamilton, New York

 

1930

Attends University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

1931

Attends Grand Central School of Art, New York City

 

1932

Sells his first “spot” sketch to The New Yorker

 

1933

Sells his first drawing to The New Yorker

 

1942

Publishes his first anthology of drawings Drawn and Quartered with Random House, Inc.

 

1947

Publishes his second anthology of drawings Addams and Evil with Random House, Inc.

 

1950

Illustrates John Kobler’s anthology of short stories Afternoon in the Attic

 

Publishes his third anthology of drawings Monster Rally with Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

 

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1952

Participates in Bresdin and Other Masters of the Weird exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

 

1954

Publishes his fourth anthology of drawings Homebodies with Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

1956

Chas Addams’ New York exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York

 

1957

Publishes his fifth anthology of drawings Nightcrawlers with Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

Addams and Anthropology exhibition at the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania

 

1959

Publishes his compilations book Dear Dead Days

 

1960

Publishes his sixth anthology of drawings Black Maria with Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

1961

Donates 39 finished and preliminary drawings to the Museum of the City of New York

 

1962

Donates 33 preliminary drawings to the Museum of the City of New York

 

Drawn and Quartered is re-released by Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

1964

The Addams Family television series premiers on ABC

 

Publishes his seventh anthology of drawings The Groaning Board

 

1965

First NYC solo exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York

 

Curates the traveling exhibition The Dark Mirror for The American Federation of Arts, New York City

 

Monster Rally is re-released by Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

1967

Publishes The Chas Addams Mother Goose with Windmill Books, Inc.

 

1970

Publishes his ninth anthology of drawings Favorite Haunts with Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

1979

Exhibition at the Faculty Club of the University of Pennsylvania

 

1980

Receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Pennsylvania

 

1981

Publishes his tenth anthology of drawings Creature Comforts with Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

1983

Receives Honorary Doctorate from Southampton College

 

1984

Participant in A Year at the New Yorker exhibition at the National Academy of Design, New York City

 

1988

Dies during the morning of September 29 in his car in front of his apartment at West 54th Street in New York City

 

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1991

The Estate of Charles Addams publishes The World of Charles Addams with Alfred A. Knopf.

 

Hallowed Haunts: The Drawings and Watercolors of Charles Addams exhibition at The National Academy of Design

 

Tee Addams donates 70 Addams drawings to The New York Public Library, New York City

 

The Addams Family movie released by Paramount Pictures

 

1992

Charles Addams Gallery on the third floor of The New York Public Library is dedicated for permanent exhibition of Addams works from their collection

 

1993

Addams Family Values movie released by Paramount Pictures

 

1994

The Compleat Charles Addams exhibition at The New York Public Library

 

2000

Formation of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation

 

2001

Participant in 60 Years of Classic New Yorker Art exhibition, Salisbury, CT

 

2002

Tee and Charles Addams Foundation publishes an updated version of The Charles Addams Mother Goose with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

 

2003

Tee and Charles Addams Foundation mounts Charles Addams: American Gothic exhibition at Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY

 

2004

Tee and Charles Addams Foundation and Children's Museum of the East End inaugurate the Charles Addams Festival: Cartooning for Kids: Workshop and Exhibition

 

2005

The Foundation publishes Chas Addams Half-Baked Cookbook: Culinary Cartoons for the Humorously Famished with Simon & Schuster

 

2nd annual Cartooning for Kids exhibition at CMEE, Bridgehampton, NY

 

2006

The Foundation publishes Chas Addams Happily Ever After:  A Collection of Cartoons to Chill the Heart of Your Loved One with Simon & Schuster

 

Charles Addams: A Cartoonist’s Life by Linda H. Davis is published by Random House

 

Charles Addams at Westhampton Beach 1950-1988 exhibition at Westhampton Beach Historical Society

 

2007

Cars and Car-toons of Chas Addams exhibition at Bridgehampton Historical Society

 

The Foundation contracts for the production of The Addams Family: A New Musical

 

3rd annual Cartooning for Kids exhibition at CMEE, Bridgehampton, NY

 

Yuletide with Charles Addams exhibition at Bridgehampton Historical Society

 

2008

Rehearsals commence for The Addams Family: A New Musical

 

2009

Charles Addams: Cartoonist exhibition at Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT

 

The Addams Family: A New Musical opens in Chicago for out-of-town tryouts

 

Participant in The Promise of Speed: The Art of The American Racecar exhibition at Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

 

2010

Charles Addams’s New York exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York

 

The Foundation publishes The Addams Family: An Evilution with Pomegranate Communications, Inc.

 

The Addams Family: A New Musical opens at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City

 

Announcement is made concerning commencement of a full-length animated feature film project of The Addams Family with Universal Pictures