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Morton Traylor papers, 1936-2003

Morton Traylor papers, 1936-2003

Traylor, Morton P. (Morton Patrick), 1918-1996

Serigrapher, Sculptor, Painter, Designer, Teacher

Collection Information

Size: 3.4 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter and teacher Morton Traylor measure 3.4 linear feet and date from 1936 to 2003. The papers document his career as an artist and administrator of the Virginia Art Institute through biographical material, correspondence, writings, personal business records, printed material, photographs, and scrapbooks. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs, slides, and albums of artwork by Traylor. Three scrapbooks document his education and early career through clippings, photographs, exhibition materials, and letters.

Biographical/Historical Note

Morton Traylor (1918-1996) was a painter and teacher in Los Angeles, California and Charlottesville, Virginia. Traylor founded and taught at the Virginia Art Institute.

Provenance

Donated 2012 by Nathan Simon, Morton Traylor's friend.

A Finding Aid to the Morton Traylor Papers, 1936-2003, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart
Biographical/Historical note
Morton Traylor (1918-1996) was a painter and teacher in Los Angeles, California, and Charlottesville, Virginia. Traylor founded and taught at the Virginia Art Institute.
Morton Traylor was born in Petersburg, Virginia, and studied art at Los Angeles City College, Chouinard Art Institute, and Jepson Art Institute. He also attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1947. From 1942 to 1946 he served in the U.S. Navy as a Radio and Radar man, spending time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1950 he worked as the personal assistant to artist Rico Lebrun, and during the 1950s worked in commercial art at several companies in California. After moving to Virginia with his wife in 1960, he taught at the Holden School of Fine and Applied Arts, and in 1966 opened the Virginia Art Institute in Charlottesville. The school closed in 1975. Traylor regularly exhibited his work throughout his career and won several awards. In 1985 Traylor and his wife moved to Days Creek, Oregon, where he continued to paint and exhibit his work until his death in 1996.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 7 series.
Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1944-1996 (5 folders; Box 1)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1943-2003 (7 folders; Box 1)
Series 3: Writings, circa 1944-1991 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 4: Personal Business Records, circa 1950s-1984 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 5: Printed Material, 1939-1998 (5 folders; Box 1)
Series 6: Photographic Material, 1936-1994 (1.6 linear feet; Boxes 2-3, 5-6)
Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1939-1956 (0.8 linear feet; Boxes 3-4, 6)
Scope and Contents note
The papers of painter and teacher Morton Traylor measure 3.4 linear feet and date from 1936 to 2003. The papers document his career as an artist and administrator of the Virginia Art Institute through biographical material, correspondence, writings, personal business records, printed material, photographs, and scrapbooks. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs, slides, and albums of artwork by Traylor. Three scrapbooks document his education and early career through clippings, photographs, exhibition materials, and letters.
Provenance
Donated 2012 by Nathan Simon, Morton Traylor's friend.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2014. The Archives of American Art has implemented minimal processing tactics when possible in order to increase information about and access to more of our collections. Minimal processing included arrangement to the series, subseries and folder levels. Generally, items within folders were simply verified with the original folder titles, but not arranged further. All materials have been rehoused in archival folders and boxes for long-term stability, but staples and other fasteners have not all been removed.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Morton Traylor papers, 1936-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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