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Aaron Kurzen papers, 1941-2017

Kurzen, Aaron, 1920-

Painter, Teacher, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 2.3 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter Aaron Kurzen measure 2.3 linear feet and date from 1941-2017 and document Kurzen's life in the Army during World War II and after as an art teacher at the Dalton School in New York. Included are biographical material, personal and professional correspondence with family, friends, artists, colleagues and students; 52 ink sketches mounted on board by Kurzen, mostly of fellow soldiers in downtime activities during World War II; images of Kurzen's works of art on CD; and research material on holography, an interest of Kurzen's that he incorporated into his surealist sculpture. Also included are records related to the toy company Fun and Fulfillment Machines co-founded by Kurzen.

Biographical/Historical Note

Aaron Kurzen (1920- ) is a painter, sculptor and teacher in Stony Creek, Conn.


The collection was donated in 2019 by Aaron Kurzen and Robert Echter, authorized representative for Aaron Kurzen.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of born digital records with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.

How to Cite This Collection

Aaron Kurzen papers, 1941-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.