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Jirayr Zorthian papers, circa 1937-2004

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Zorthian, Jirayr, 1912-2004  Search this
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Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
2 Linear feet
The collection is arranged into four series. Series 1: Correspondence, 1959-2001 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1) Series 2: Professional Activity Files, 1970-2004 (0.4 linear feet; Box 1) Series 3: Printed Material, 1959-2001 (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 1-2) Series 4: Photographic Material, circa 1937-1992 (0.9 linear feet; Box 2)
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The papers of Jirayr Zorthian measure 2.0 linear feet and date from circa 1937 to 2004. The papers document Zorthian's career as a muralist through correspondence with family and friends; an interview, resumes, certificates, writings, and other professional activity material; clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, pamphlets on the Zorthian Day Ranch for Children, and other printed material; and photographs of Zorthian, his friends and family, and some of his artwork.
Jirayr Zorthian papers, circa 1937-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
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Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Jirayr Zorthian conducted by Paul Karlstrom, January 28-July 9, 1997.
Biography Note:
Mural painter, painter, sculptor; Los Angeles, Calif.; b. 1911; d. 2004.
Jirayr Zorthian (1911-2004) was a sculptor and mural painter in Los Angeles, California. Born to an Armenian family in the Ottoman Empire, he immigrated to the United States with his family following World War I. Zorthian earned a Masters of Fine Arts from Yale University and went on to study art in Italy during the 1930s. Among some of Zorthian's works are eleven murals for the Tennessee State Capitol, a mural for the United States Post Office in St. Johnsville, New York titled "Early St. Johnsville Pioneers," and "Phantasmagoria of Military Intelligence Training." In the 1960s Zorthian also established a summer camp for children on his ranch, Zorthian Day Ranch for Children.
Language Note:
English .
Donated 1994 and 1995 by Jirayr Zorthian.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of artists
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Archives of American Art