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Jirayr Zorthian papers, circa 1937-2004

Zorthian, Jirayr, 1912-2004

Muralist, Painter, Sculptor

Overview

Collection Information

Size: 2 Linear feet

Summary: 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.

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.

Correspondence includes letters from family and friends. There are also a small number of letters from colleagues and art institutions in regards to exhibitions.

Professional material includes sketches by Zorthian, an interview with Zorthian, some writings and observations by Zorthian and others, some financial materials such as receipts and an insurance policy, and some resumes. Also included is "Creative and a Little Bit Crazy," a video recording on the life of Zorthian, and material related to additions made to the Zorthian Day Ranch for Children.

Printed material consists of prints of some of Zorthian's artwork, newspaper clippings on Zorthian and the Zorthian Day Ranch for Children, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and pamphlets and applications for the Zorthian Day Ranch for Children.

Photographic material consists of photographs of Zorthian along with friends and family at the Zorthian Day Ranch for Children, photographs of the ranch, and photographs of some of Zorthian's murals.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mural painter, painter, sculptor; Los Angeles, Calif.; b. 1911; d. 2004. Jirayr Zorthian (1911-2004) was born in Turkey, and 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.

Provenance

Donated 1994 and 1995 by Jirayr Zorthian.

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.

Language Note

English , Armenian , Spanish; Castilian .

Funding

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.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

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How to Cite This Collection

Jirayr Zorthian papers, circa 1937-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.