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Edward Orton papers, 1921-1934

Orton, Edward, 1863-1932

Geologist, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 0.6 Linear feet, (on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: Mainly correspondence regarding the acquisition of portraits and paintings for the Orton Memorial Library of Geology, Ohio State University,Columbus; biographical sketches; sketches; financial material; and clippings.
REELS 1814-1815: 634 letters regarding the acquisition of portrait paintings of state geologists and landscape paintings with rock formations for the library; 5 brief biographical sketches of artists and writers; clippings; 3 sketches; bills; and receipts.
REEL 3161: Correspondence, 1922-1926, regarding the acquisition by the library of one painting by Thomas Moran and two paintings by Albert Bierstadt.

Biographical/Historical Note

Geologist; Columbus, Ohio. Orton was a long-time chairman of the Department of Geology, Ohio State University.


Donated 1978-1979 by Frank M. Ludden, Chairman of the Art History Department at the University of Ohio, Columbus, Ohio.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals in: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 1814-1815 & 3161 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

All xerox copies.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Edward Orton papers, 1921-1934. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.