Willy Pogány papers, 1910-1967  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Pogány, Willy, 1882-1955
Title
Willy Pogány papers
Dates
1910-1967 (inclusive)
Quantity
4.5 linear feet, (2 containers, 74 oversize folders)
Collection Number
Coll 199
Summary
Collection comprises artwork and papers related to artist and set designer Willy Pogány, including correspondence with his son, Peter Pogány Scott. Collection includes original art for books, magazines, and motion picture and stage productions.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

William "Willy" A. Pogány, born in Szeged, Hungary, in 1882, studied at Budapest Technical University and in Munich and Paris. His reputation as a muralist, painter and illustrator was well established in Paris, London and Munich before arriving in the United States in 1915, at the age of thirty-three. Skilled in an unusually wide range of media, he had won gold medals at exhibitions in Budapest, Leipzig, and at the Panama Pacific International Exhibition.

Among Pogány's many murals are those for the Heckscher Children's Theatre in New York City and the Niagara Falls Power Station. As a painter he did portraits of famous people in all walks of life. An expert on scenery design and lighting effects, Pogány also designed sets for ballets and operas, including "Le Coq d'Or," and for many films, such as Modern Times for Charlie Chaplin as well as animated cartoons based on his children's books.

Among his other artistic endeavors Pogány was an accomplished book illustrator. It was this phase of his career, especially as an illustrator of children's books, which gives this collection special relevance for Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Oregon Libraries. Pogány designed and illustrated more than 150 books. His illustrations include those for the Rubaiyat and the Sonnets from the Portuguese, The Song Celestial, The Adventures of Odysseus, Gulliver's Travels, and many others, both classic and original.

Working tirelessly right up until the end, Willy Pogány died in 1955. He is survived by his second wife, Elaine Pogány, a children's book writer, and his son, Peter Pogány Scott.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Willy Pogány Papers consist of the following series: correspondence, illustrations, and memorabilia and miscellaneous.

Business letters to Pogány have been arranged chronologically. Of interest to the researcher is the series of letters written by Pogány to his son, Peter Pogány Scott, which span the years 1931 to 1955, the year of his death. These contain many glimpses of the artist's busy life and philosophical remarks on the contemporary American world view.

The largest segment of the Pogány Papers is the illustrations. Willy Pogány worked in a variety of media which are only partially represented in this collection. Many original illustrations for books and for the American Weekly supplement to the Hearst newspapers are represented both in final form and in sketches, using pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, gouache, and oils. Of note is the illustration of Don Quixote being visited by demons of his madness, and extraordinary watercolor and perhaps on of Pogány's finest efforts (folder 40). Original artwork for books, magazines and motion pictures/stage productions is arranged alphabetically by title within each series. The remainder of the artwork consists of etchings for two titles and unidentified original works, randomly grouped by media and/or general subject matter where possible. A few tearsheets and miscellaneous photographs complete the collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Willy A. Pogány papers, Coll 199, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Business
1917-1936
1 2
Letters to Peter Pogány Scott
1931-1943
1 3
Letters to Peter Pogány Scott
1944-1950
1 4
Letters to Peter Pogány Scott
1951-1955
1 5
Correspondence with Publishers (Peter Pogány Scott/Lillian Pogány
1940-1967
1 6
Contracts and Agreements
1917-1936
1 7
Biographical Data
1 8
Calendars with Pogány illustrations (3)
1912, 1914, 1916
1 9
Reproductions from Light of Asia
undated
1 9
“Kid Millions” Program
undated
1 9
Brass plaque by Kilenyi
1928
1 9
“Peter Pogány in 1928”
1 9
Packet of photographs
1 9
Letter to Ken W. Duckett
1992

IllustrationsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
drawer Folder
1 1
ABC Book. 3 crayon drawings
undated
1 2
The Adventures of Haroun al Raschid and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights. Watercolor
1923
1 3
The Adventures Odysseus and the Tale of Troy. 4 drawings
1918
1 4
Amadis de Gaul. 5 watercolors
undated
1 5
The Art of Hungarian Cooking. Ink drawing
1954
1 6
Bible Stories to Read and Tell-150 Stories from the Old Testament. Psalms and 4 pencil sketches
1916
1 7
Der Reine Tor; Zeitschrift fer Literatur und Swartzweiggkunst. 1 ink drawing
undated
1 8
The Frenzied Prince-Being Historic Stories of Ancient Ireland. 1 drawing, 7 watercolors
1943
1 9
The Frenzied Prince-Being Historic Stories of Ancient Ireland. 3 watercolors
1943
2 10
The Golden Cockerel. 20 ink and charcoal drawings
1938
2 11
The Golden Cockerel. 8 watercolors
1938
2 12
Gulliver’s Travels. 12 ink drawings
1919
2 13
The Hungarian Fairy Book. Gouache
1913
2 14
Hungarian Fairy Tales. 1 ink drawing
1930
2 15
The Kasidah of Haji Abdu. 4 pencil drawings
1931
2 16
The King of Ireland’s Son. 2 ink drawings
1916
2 17
Light of Asia. 9 pencil, charcoal and ink wash drawings
1932
2 18
Lohengrin. 3 watercolors
1913
3 19
Looking out of Jimmie. 2 ink drawings
1927
3 20
Mankind’s Miracle Men: The Friendly Fat Wolf. 5 pencil sketches and 1 dummy
undated
3 21
My Book of Poetry. 1 pencil sketch and 3 ink drawings
undated
3 22
Parsifal. 1 watercolor and 2 gouache drawings
1912
3 23
Peterkin. 8 gouache and 27 pencil sketches
1940
3 24
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. 1 watercolor
1934
4 25
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. 8 pencil and ink wash drawings
1942
4 26
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. 5 drawings, pencil and ink wash
1930
4 27
Song Celestial or Bhavagad-Gita. 7 pencil drawings
1934
4 28
Sonnets from the Portuguese. 1 pencil drawing and crayon sketch
1936
4 29
Stories to Tell the Littlest Ones. 2 ink drawings
1916
4 30
Tales of the Persian Genii. 1 ink and wash on board
1917
4 31
Tannhauser. 3 ink drawings
1911
5 32
Willy Pogány’s The Art of Drawing. 6 pencil drawings
1946
5 33
Willy Pogány’s The Art of Drawing. 14 pencil drawings
1946
5 34
Willy Pogány’s Oil Painting Lessons. 10 ink drawings and 1 pencil drawing
1954
5 35
Willy Pogány’s Watercolor Lessons. 2 pencil drawings, 2 watercolor
1948
5 36
The Wimp and the Woodle. 4 watercolor sketches and 1 pencil sketch
1935
5 37
Unidentified book illustrations. 16 pencil and crayon sketches
undated
6 38
Aucassin and Nicolette. 6 pencil and ink wash sketches and 1 title page
undated
6 39
Aucassin and Nicolette. 3 watercolors
undated
6 40
Don Quixote. 1 watercolor
undated
6 41
The Faerie Queene. 6 watercolor sketches
undated
6 42
Idylls of the King. 2 watercolors
undated
7 43
5 illustrations
undated
7 44
Jericho. Watercolor sketch
undated
7 45
Julius Caesar. 1 watercolor
undated
7 46
King Henry IV, Part I. 1 watercolor
undated
7 47
King Lear. 1 pencil sketch
undated
7 48
Macbeth. 1 watercolor
undated
8 49
A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. 1 pencil sketch
undated
8 50
Snow White and Rose Red. 1 watercolor
undated
8 51
Miscellaneous plays. 5 watercolor sketches
undated
Artwork for stage settings or motion pictures
drawer Folder
8 52
Dante’s Inferno. 3 pencil and charcoal drawings
undated
8 53
Dante’s Inferno. 2 pencil and charcoal drawings
undated
8 54
Modern Times. 1 pencil drawing
undated
8 55
The Merry Wives of Windsor. Costume designs and 6 gouaches
undated
8 56
The Merry Wives of Windsor. 5 gouaches
undated
8 57
The Thief of Baghdad. 1 pencil drawing
undated
9 58
Wonderbar. 3 pencil drawings
undated
9 59
Miscellaneous - 1 pencil drawing, 3 watercolors, 2 gouaches
undated
Unidentified sketches
drawer Folder
9 60
4 pencil sketches
undated
9 61
Rumpelstiltskin. 1 watercolor, 4 pencil drawings
undated
9 62
46 pencil sketches
undated
9 63
7 pencil sketches
undated
10 64
11 pencil drawings and sketches
undated
10 65
4 ink drawings and 1 ink sketch
undated
10 66
8 pencil drawings
undated
10 67
6 crayon drawings
undated
10 68
11 watercolors
undated
11 69
7 pencil drawings
undated
11 70
2 watercolors
undated
Etchings
drawer Folder
11 71
Kasidah. 7 etchings
11 72
Song Celestial. 65 etchings
11 73
Miscellaneous. 19 etchings and 1 woodcut
Tearsheets
drawer Folder
11 74
Tearsheets

Up 433:  Memorabilia and miscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
St. Nicholas
April 1923
1 2
The Baby’s World
December 1910
1 2
An Illustrated List of Gift Books 1910-11
1910-1911
1 2
Books Beautiful
undated
1 2
Mainly About Books
November 1903
1 3
Pictorial Pageant of New York
undated
1 3
“Who’s Who: Willy Pogány” Etching plate
undated
1 4
Miscellaneous
undated
1 5
Olympic Games: Official Pictorial Souvenir
1923
1 6
Miscellaneous
undated
1 6
Ladies Home Journal
December 1915

Photographs (PH210), 1905-1955Return to Top

1.25 linear feet
Pogany, Willy
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Prints, large

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Artists United States
  • Hungarians--United States
  • Illustration of books--United States--20th century
  • Illustrators United States
  • Magazine illustration--United States--20th century
  • Mural painting and decoration--United States--20th century
  • Set designers--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Pogány, Willy, 1882-1955.
  • Pogány, Willy, 1882-1955--Correspondence
  • Scott, Peter Pogány
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Book illustrations