A Finding Aid to the Morton Traylor Papers, 1936-2003, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.traymort
Creators:
Traylor, Morton P., 1918-1996
Dates:
1936-2003
Languages:
English
The collection is in English.
Physical Description:
3.4 Linear Feet
Repository:
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.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
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.

Arrangement
Arrangement
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)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
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.

Administration
Processing Information
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.
Author
Erin Kinhart
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated in 2012 by Nathan Simon, Morton Traylor's friend.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use
The Morton Traylor papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Preferred Citation
Morton Traylor papers, 1936-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Study and teaching Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arts administrators -- California -- Los Angeles Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arts administrators -- Virginia Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art teachers -- California -- Los Angeles Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art teachers -- Virginia Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Virginia -- Charlottesville Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- California -- Los Angeles Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Virginia Art Institute Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
750 9th Street, NW
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001
https://www.aaa.si.edu/services/questions
https://www.aaa.si.edu/