Judith and Jan Zach papers, 1937-2002  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Zach, Jan, 1914-1986
Title
Judith and Jan Zach papers
Dates
1937-2002 (inclusive)
Quantity
26 linear feet, (50 boxes)
Collection Number
WUA084
Summary
The Judith and Jan Zach papers contain biographical information about sculpture artist Jan Zach, photographs of Zach's sculptures, and publications by and about Zach.
Repository
Willamette University Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem, OR
97301
Telephone: 503-370-6866
Fax: 503-370-6141
archives@willamette.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Languages
English, Czech, English, Portuguese


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Jan Zach, the youngest of sixteen children, was born July 27, 1914 in Staný, Czechoslovakia. He attended the Superior School of Industrial Arts from 1932 to 1934 and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague from 1934 to 1938. Zach studied painting and sculpture, his greatest inspiration being the illuminated kinetic sculptures of Zdeněk Pešánek.

In December 1938, Zach travelled to New York to decorate the Czechoslovakian pavilion at the 1939 Worlds Fair in New York. A few weeks before the Fair opened, the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia and Zach was one of many unable to return home. Zach remained in the United States until April 1940 when he moved to Rio de Janeiro for a two-week free lance assignment. His charge was to create a report on the industrial development of Brazil and the Bat'a Shoe Company. Zach completed his assignment and remained in Brazil for eleven years.

During his time in Brazil, Zach continued to study sculpture. He also exhibited paintings at the National Museum of Fine Arts in 1943 and the Institute of Brazilian Architects in 1948. He also met Judith Ella Monk, a Canadian working for the United Nations. Jan and Judith married in 1947. In 1951, they left Brazil for Victoria B.C. where Zach opened a school of painting and sculpture.

In 1958, Zach joined the faculty at the University of Oregon. He taught there until his retirement in 1979. While in Oregon, Zach's sculpture commissions included Drapery of Memory in the Oregon state capitol, Prometheus at the University of Oregon Museum of Art, Flower of Freedom #1 near New Orleans, Louisiana, and Galaxy at the Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington. Zach used a wide range of media to create his sculptures including sand, cement, cast iron, stainless steel, and wood.

In addition to his sculpture, Zach designed stage sets and costumes for the Original Ballet Russe in Sao Paulo, Brazil and wrote articles for the art magazine Leonardo. Awards he received include a Fulbright Travel Grant, the Eugene Arts and Letters Award, a National Endowment for the Arts grant for a Sculpture Symposium, and a 1964 award from the Oregon Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Zach continued to sculpt until his death in 1986. His final, uncompleted work, Lady, was completed in 1996 by former student, Jerry Harpster.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Judith and Jan Zach papers consist of correspondence, photographs, biographical information and publications related to sculpture artist Jan Zach. Judith and Jan Zach correspondence focuses on Zach's artwork including commissions for his work and the establishment of the Jan Zach trust. The bulk of the photographic material are photographs of Zach's sculptures. Also included are photographs taken during his time in Brazil, Czechoslovakia and Canada. Documentation of Zach's involvement with the National Sculpture Center and the National Sculpture Conference can be found in correspondence and subject files.

These papers also contain publications by and about Zach as well as various art publications that Zach kept in his personal library.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Judith and Jan Zach papers, Archives and Special Collections, Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Correspondence, 1940-1996Return to Top

This series includes correspondence to and from Judith and Jan Zach regarding sculpture and artwork. Subjects of the correspondence include: Zach's work in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Oregon; the University of Kansas International Sculpture Conference and various sculpture conferences and symposia around the United States; Zach's sculptures; exhibitions of Zach's work; and commissions for Zach's sculptures. Letters from family and friends, some written in Czech and Portuguese, are also included.

Correspondence is arranged in chronological order.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
To Judith and Jan Zach
undated
1 2
To Judith and Jan Zach
1943-1948
1 3
To Judith and Jan Zach
Letters regarding the sculpture, Aphrodite, plans for a fountain and mural.
1950-1954
1 4
To Judith and Jan Zach
1955-1971
1 5
To Judith and Jan Zach
1955-1971
1 6
To Judith and Jan Zach
1955-1971
1 7
To Judith and Jan Zach
1955-1971
1 8
To Judith and Jan Zach
1955-1971
1 9
To Judith and Jan Zach
1955-1971
2 1
To Judith and Jan Zach
1972-1978
2 2
To Judith and Jan Zach
1972-1978
2 3
To Judith and Jan Zach
1972-1978
2 4
To Judith and Jan Zach
1972-1978
2 5
To Judith and Jan Zach
1972-1978
2 6
To Judith and Jan Zach
1972-1978
2 7
To Judith and Jan Zach
1972-1978
2 8
To Judith and Jan Zach
1972-1978
2 9
To Judith Zach
Includes correspondence regarding the Jan Zach Trust, contracts regarding Jan Zach's work, and the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990.
1987-1994
2 10
To Judith Zach
Includes correspondence regarding the Jan Zach Trust, contracts regarding Jan Zach's work, and the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990.
1987-1994
2 11
To Tommy Griffin, Presentation Design Group
1993-1995
2 12
About Jan Zach
1973-1991
2 13
About Jan Zach
1973-1991
3 1
From Jan Zach
undated
3 2
From Jan Zach
undated
3 3
From Jan Zach
undated
3 4
From Jan Zach
undated
3 5
From Jan Zach
undated
3 6
From Jan Zach
undated
3 7
From Jan Zach
undated
3 8
From Jan Zach
undated
3 9
From Jan Zach
undated
3 10
From Jan Zach
undated
3 11
From Jan Zach
undated
3 12
From Jan Zach
undated
3 13
From Jan Zach
undated
3 14
From Jan Zach
undated
3 15
From Jan Zach
undated
3 16
From Jan Zach
undated
3 17
From Jan Zach
undated
3 18
From Judith Zach
1987-1991
3 19
From Tommy Griffin
1991-1996
3 20
Notes and scraps
undated

Series II:  Photographs, 1940-1985Return to Top

The bulk of the material in this series comprises images of Jan Zach's sculptures. Slides, negatives, and various sizes of black-and-white and color photographs of sculptures are included. Also included are photos of Zach's travels, works by other artists, and mounted photographs used for exhibitions.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
4
Photo-murals
Large black and white images adhered to styrofoam. Images are of Zach's sculptures completed in the early 1950s, artists statement, and a statement on Zach written by Tommy Griffin.
1979
5
Photo-murals
Large black and white images adhered to styrofoam. Images are of Zach's sculptures completed in the late 1960s including Sculpture in Suspension, Galaxy, and Mermaid.
1979
6
Slides (binder)
Section headings for binder of slides include: Stainless Steel, Can Can, Oregon Relief, Sculpture in Suspension, Works in Wood, Phoenix, Venus, Drapery of Memory, and Galaxy.
1967-1985
7
Slides (binder)
Section headings for binder of slides include: Marching Women, Cast Works, Prometheus, Three Rivers, Paintings, Misc. Zach Art, Photos of Jan Zach, Jan Zach's Studio and Home, Jan Zach Exhibitions.
1967-1985
8
Slides (binder)
Section headings for binder of slides include: University of Oregon, Travels/Places, Brazil, Aleijadinho, Rome, Greece, New York, Utah, Arizona, India - Banares, Ganges.
1967-1985
9
Slides (binder)
Photographs of works by other artists.
circa 1970s
10
Slides (binder)
Section headings for binder of slides include: unknown artworks and natural inspirations.
1967-1985
11
Slides (binder)
Section headings for binder of slides include: Black and white photos, historic art, Mexico, Aztec/Central American Art, Various Architecture, miscellaneous, and medium format slides. Also includes assorted slides transferred by Roger Hull in 2010.
1967-1985
Folder
29 1
8x10 Stainless Steel Art by Jan Zach
undated
29 2
8x10 Stainless Steel Art by Jan Zach
undated
29 3
8x10 Windflower
1967
29 4
Sculpture in Suspension
1968
29 5
8x10 Can Can
1970
29 6
8x10 Wood Works by Jan Zach
undated
29 7
8x10 Drapery of Memory
1975
29 8
8x10 Reclining Form
1964
29 9
8x 10 Cast Works by Jan Zach
undated
30 1
8x 10 Cast Works by Jan Zach
undated
30 2
8x10 Prometheus
1958
30 3
8x10 Three Rivers
undated
30 4
8x10 Wrestlers Model in Clay
1951
30 5
8x10 Wrestlers Cast in Stone
1951
30 6
8x10 Constructed Works by Jan Zach
undated
30 7
8x10 Paper and Cardboard Models for Constructions
undated
30 8
8x 10 Works by Jan Zach from Brazil
undated
30 9
8x 10 Works on paper by Jan Zach
undated
30 10
8x10 Furniture design by Jan Zach
undated
30 11
8x10 Jan Zach's Art Installed or in Galleries
undated
30 12
8x10 Retrospective Exhibition Opening
1979
30 13
8x10 Photos from Brazil
circa 1940-1951
31 1
8x10 Photographs from Victoria B.C.
circa 1950s
31 2
8x10 Photographs from Victoria B.C.
circa 1950s
31 3
8x10 Studio and school in Victoria
circa 1951-1958
31 4
8x10 Jan Zach in Eugene
circa 1958-1979
31 5
8x10 Eugene Studio
circa 1958-1979
31 6
8x10 Home/Studio in Elmira
undated
31 7
8x10 Foundry
undated
31 8
8x10 Art by other artists
undated
31 9
8x10 Natural inspiration
undated
31 10
Proof sheets
undated
31 11
Proof sheets
undated
32 1
Proof sheets
undated
32 2
Proof sheets and negatives
undated
32 3
Mural by student
undated
32 4
Student carvings
undated
33
Photographs (binder)
Subjects include: Unidentified, Stainless Steel, Drapery, and Lady.
undated
34
Photographs (binder)
Subjects include: Drawings, Galaxy, Neon Sculpture, Ondine in progress, Phoenix, and Lumino - Kinetic sculpture.
undated
35
Marching Women photographs (binders)
circa 1982
36
Marching Women photographs (binders)
circa 1982
37
Photographs (binder)
Subjects include: Sculpture in Suspension, Seattle Reliefs, Eugene City Hall, Totemic Sculpture, Three Rivers, Windflower, Gardens of Art (Bellingham, WA), Rio, and Brazil.
1940s-1970s
38
Brazil photographs (binder)
1979
39
Elmira, Oregon photographs (binder)
circa 1980
40
Photographs (binder)
Subjects include: Elmira, OR; England - Patterns in City; Eugene Studio; and Leaf Slides.
circa 1980
41
Photographs and negatives (binder)
Subjects include: New York; Salem Civic Center sculpture proposal; Seattle; Venezuela; Thunderbird Park, Victoria BC; Victoria BC; and Eliot Miller.
1950-1971
Folder
42 1
5x7 Cast Works
1950-1971
42 2
5x7 Prometheus Clay Model
1952
42 3
5x7 Prometheus
1958
42 4
5x7 Constructed Works
undated
42 5
5x7 Wood Works
undated
42 6
5x7 Ondine
undated
42 7
5x7 Stainless Steel Works
undated
42 8
5x7 Sculpture in Suspension
1968
42 9
5x7 Painted Works
undated
42 10
5x7 Painted Works from Brazil period
circa 1979
42 11
5x7 Postcards of Zach's work
undated
42 12
5x7 Proof sheets of Zach's works
undated
42 13
5x7 Pictures of Jan Zach: Brazil
circa 1979
43 1
5x7 Pictures of Jan Zach: Canada
1950-1971
43 2
5x7 Pictures of Jan Zach: Oregon
1952
43 3
5x7 Jan Zach's studio/school in BC
1958
43 4
5x7 Exhibit opening
1979
43 5
5x7 Natural and other art inspiration
undated
43 6
5x7 Pesanek postcards
undated
43 7
5x7 Mural by Student
undated
43 8
5x7 Miscellaneous (profile of unknown man)
1968
44
Zach and Ken McAllister photographs (oversize)
1950-1979
45
Zach artwork photographs (oversize)
1968
46
Large photos of Zach's artwork
Includes black and white images of Zach's sculptures as well as a photo of Zach in Victoria in 1952.
1948-1971

Series III:  Artwork, 1940-1989Return to Top

This series includes Zach's sketches, rubbings, and drawings of sculptures. Also included are presentation materials about Zach's sculptures, a portfolio of his work, and a proposal for Eugene Performing Arts. Among the artwork are paintings and drawings by other artists.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
20 1
Sketches
undated
20 2
Sketches
1940s
20 3
Sketches
1951-1958
20 4
Sketches
1959-1980s
20 5
Sketches for House and Studio at Elmira
1969-1970
20 6
Rubbings
undated
20 7
Drawings by others
undated
20 8
Disassembled maquette
undated
21
Sketches, cocktail covers, book jackets
undated
Folder
25 3
Presentations: Kinetic Illumination
undated
25 4
Presentations:Proposal for Eugene Performing Arts
1979
25 5
Presentations: Portfolio of Work
undated
26
Presentations
Display boards containing images of Zach's artwork.
circa 1970
27
Presentations
Display boards containing images of Zach's artwork.
circa 1970
28
Photographs of artwork
undated
47
Posters and artwork
Various oversize posters, cocktail covers, art pieces, and two Bob Prauda paintings.
circa 1960-circa 1980
Folder
48 1
Drawing of large building/sculpture
Rolled oversize.
undated
48 2
Drawing of Marching Women
Rolled oversize.
undated
48 3
Abstract painting on paper
Rolled oversize.
undated
48 4
Transparency - Stainless cable/Bridge
Rolled oversize.
undated
48 5
Drawing of large building/sculpture
Rolled oversize.
undated
48 6
Shell/spiral drawing on tracing paper
Rolled oversize.
undated

Series IV:  Subject Files, 1937-2002Return to Top

Material in this series includes biographical information about Zach, his curriculum vitae, catalogues and brochures of his work, teaching materials, and his writing. Also included are brochures and catalogs of other artists.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
12 1
Jan Zach - Catalogues
1948-1985
12 2
Jan Zach - Catalogues
1948-1985
12 3
Jan Zach Sculpture: A Retrospective Exhibition catalog
Exhibition at the University of Oregon Museum of Art.
1979
12 4
Biographical Information
circa 1960 - circa 1980
12 5
Personal Papers
Includes marriage licence and Canadian citizenship certificate.
1947, 1957
12 6
Czech Pavilion, New York Worlds Fair
Exhibition brochure and letter.
1938-1939
12 7
Curriculum Vitae
circa 1967 - 1986
12 8
Inventories
undated
12 9
Crucifixion
Report of findings about the painting.
1986
12 10
Prometheus
Report about the sculpture.
undated
12 11
Eugene City Hall, Public Art
1985, 2002
12 12
Stainless Steel Artworks
1968
13 1
Can Can
Includes articles about the removal of Zach's Can Can sculpture and information on the Visual Artists Rights Act.
1989-1990
13 2
Galaxy Lower Columbia College
1977
13 3
Receipts, bills
circa 1970
13 4
Ken McAllister
1961
13 5
University of Oregon
Teaching materials.
circa 1960 - circa 1970
13 6
University of Oregon contracts
1958-1964
13 7
University of Oregon Art Museum
1963
13 8
Sculpture Symposium, Eugene
Includes publication In Retrospect: The Oregon International Sculpture Symposium of 1974
1973-1974
13 9
India Trips
1983-1986
13 10
Jan Zach Teaching
undated
13 11
Czech miscellaneous
circa 1950
13 12
Miscellaneous from Brazil
circa 1964
13 13
Miscellaneous
Assorted brochures, copies, and notes.
undated
14 1
Leonardo draft
1970
14 2
Jan Zach's writings
circa 1960
14 3
Jan Zach's writings
circa 1960
14 4
Jan Zach's writings
undated
14 5
Jan Zach's writings in Czech
undated
14 6
Jan Zach's writings from Brazil
circa 1960 - circa 1970
15 1
Exhibition Announcements
circa 1970
15 2
Colleagues/Sculptors
1968-1969
15 3
Behl, Wolfgang
1968-1969
15 4
Fiala, Jaromir
1970-1971
15 5
Kysela, Frantisek
circa 1987
15 6
Masaryk, Thomas
1937, 1966
15 7
Moore, Henry
undated
15 8
Nejedly, Otakar
undated
15 9
Pesanek, Zdenek
undated
15 10
Siebner, Herbert
1962
15 11
Zeyer
undated
15 12
Students
1969-1970
15 13
Mayhew, Elza
circa 1992
15 14
NW (Northwest) Institute of Sculpture
1955, 2002
15 15
Vancouver Art Gallery
1954
15 16
Teatro Municipal, Sao Paulo
1946
15 17
Slavic Studies Association
circa 1962
15 18
Writing on Art by others
circa 1965
15 19
Rotary
1975

Series V:  National Sculpture Center, 1962-1986Return to Top

The National Sculpture Conference began in 1960 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. It was organized by Professor of Sculpture Elden Tefft. In 1967, a committee including Tefft and Zach organized to form a National Sculpture Information Center. Materials in this series include the 1967 proposal, advisory board minutes, bulletins from the Center, and information about the National Sculpture Conference. Conference materials consist of budgets, handouts, correspondence, and program materials.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
16 1
National Sculpture Center
Copies of newspaper articles and information about the National Sculpture Center.
1976-1977
16 2
Proposal
Project proposal for forming the National Sculpture Center.
circa 1967
16 3
Bulletins
Bulletins numbered 1, 3, 12, 13, 14.
1969-1975
16 4
Conferences
1962-1974
16 5
Round Tables
circa 1970
16 6
International Artists
undated
16 7
Agendas and Minutes of Advisory Board
1969-1974
16 8
Zach itineraries
1973
16 9
Correspondence
1968-1974
16 10
French Sculpture Photo Exhibition
1974
16 11
Miscellaneous
Notes and photograph of group in Lawrence, Kansas.
undated

Series VI:  Publications, 1941-1990Return to Top

Publications include articles that Zach gathered from Canada, Brazil, and Czechoslovakia. A scrapbook of news clippings from the 1940s is included along with inspirational magazine and newspaper clippings and articles about other artists. Also included are publications written by Zach, as well as articles written about him and his sculpture. Zach's personal library is included which contains exhibition catalogs, journals and exhibition brochures.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: Articles
Both photocopies and original newspaper clippings
1941-1982
Box
17
Scrapbook
1941-1947
Folder
18 1
Brazilian Articles
1947-1948
18 2
Canadian Articles
1956
18 3
Canadian Articles
1951-1967
18 4
Oregon Articles
1958 - circa 1969
18 5
New York Times Articles
1966-1970
18 6
Czech Publications
1947, 1982
18 7
Czech Political News
1968, 1979
18 8
Scrapbook copies
1941-1947
19 1
Brazilian Articles
1947-1948
19 2
Canadian Articles
1956
19 3
Canadian Articles
1951-1967
19 4
Oregon Articles
1958 - circa 1969
19 5
New York Times Articles
1966-1970
19 6
Czech Publications
1947-1982
19 7
Czech Political News
1968, 1979
19 8
Time Magazine Clippings
circa 1953
19 9
Articles on major artists
circa 1955
19 10
Miscellaneous articles on art
undated
19 11
Clippings about Henry Moore
1955
19 12
Brazilian Clippings
undated
19 13
Clippings of art by others
undated
19 14
Inspiration clippings
undated
19 15
Native American Art
undated
19 16
Otero clippings
1969
19 17
Views of Prague
undated
19 18
List of Artists
undated
25 1
Album de Pintura
undated
25 2
Album de Pintura
undated
Subseries B: Publications by and about Zach
1948-1980; 1967-1980
Box Folder
22 1
Leonardo
1970
22 2
Writings by Jan Zach
Includes Kinetic Art: Theory and Practice which includes "Imagery, light and Motion in my Sculptures" and "My Sculpture, 'Galaxy'".
1974, 1980
22 3
Publications about Jan Zach
Includes The Studio, Old Oregon, and the Weekly SW Magazine.
1967-1969
22 4
Brazilian Guest Signatures (for Zach exhibition)
1948
Subseries C: Personal Library
1942-1990
Box Folder
23 1
Books and Brochures
1960s
23 2
Bibles
1957
23 3
Journals
1942-1990
23 4
Journals
1942-1990
24 1
Exhibit Catalogs
Includes Seattle World's Fair exhibition publication "Art since 1950."
1945-1962
24 2
Exhibit Catalogs
Includes Seattle World's Fair exhibition publication "Art since 1950."
1945-1962
24 3
Xeroxed articles
undated
28 1
J. Carlos
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Arts--Northwest, Pacific
  • Fine Arts
  • New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.)
  • sculpture (visual work)
  • sculpture (visual work)
  • Personal Names :
  • Behl, Wolfgang
  • Fiala, Jaromír, 1892-1967
  • Griffin, Tommy
  • Kysela, Frantisek, 1881-1941
  • Masaryk, T. G. (Tomáš Garrigue), 1850-1937
  • Mayhew, Elza
  • McAllister, Ken
  • Moore, Henry, 1898-1986
  • Nejedlý, Otakar, 1883-1957
  • Pešánek, Zdeněk, 1896-1965
  • Prauda, Bob
  • Siebner, Herbert
  • Zach, Judith
  • Corporate Names :
  • Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)
  • International Sculpture Center
  • National Sculpture Center (U.S.)
  • National Sculpture Conference
  • University of Kansas
  • Geographical Names :
  • Bellingham (Wash.)
  • Brazil
  • Czechoslovakia
  • Elmira (Or.)
  • Eugene (Or.)
  • Vancouver (B.C.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • design drawings