George Julian Zolnay papers, 1899-1992

Zolnay, George Julian, b. 1862 or 3 d. 1949
Sculptor, Art teacher
Active in Washington, D.C.; New York, N.Y.; St. Louis, Mo.

Collection size: 1.8 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Collection Summary: REEL 494: Memoirs (212 p. typescript), written in 1929 for his daughter. Zolnay writes of his youth, studying sculpture in Vienna, living and working in Chicago, New York City, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. impressions of Rodin, travels in Europe, and other reflections.

UNMICROFILMED: Included are letters to Zolnay concerning his work on various monuments and memorials, 1899-1947; family correspondence, including letters to Zolnay's wife Abigail, regarding interest in works of art by Zolnay, 1913-1989; several notes, drafts and an index of Zolnay's memoirs, 1929 (memoirs are on reel 494); a brief diary of Zolnay's observations of current events from January to April 1933; lecture notes and drawings used for classes at the Zolnay Atelier in Washington, D.C.; Zolnay's published writings concerning art; and a manuscript written by Abigail Zolnay describing recollections of her family and its ancestors, 1966.

Also included are research material collected by Zolnay's family and compiled by Virginia Sullivan Bako, great-grandaughter of Zolnay after Zolnay's death in 1949, including correspondence, bibliographic material, newspaper and magazine clippings, and a project file concerning the production of a Zolnay commemorative medal. Other research material includes printed material about Zolnay's Sam Davis Memorial and Sequoya Memorial.

Photograph album of Zolnay and his art works; Photographs are of Zolnay, Zolnay and his work, his family, monuments and memorials, busts, Zolnay's friezes at the Central High School in Washington, D.C., and works of art by various artists, ca. 1885-1980's; and two Zolnay commemorative medals, 1987. Printed material includes newspaper clippings, 1900-1992, and material on the Zolnay ceramic factory in Hungary, reproductions of art work, and instructional pamphlets from the People's University.

Biographical/Historical Note: Sculptor and teacher; New York, N.Y., St.Louis, Mo. and Washington, D.C. Born in Hungary, he came to the United States in 1892. Taught at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts.

Donated by Mrs. Charles S. Dewey, Zolnay's daughter, 1973, and by Dewey's daughter, Virginia Wilcox, in 1991.

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