Edwin W. Zoller papers, 1824-1989 (bulk 1905-1975)

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Collection Overview

Title:
Edwin W. Zoller papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1825-1989 (bulk 1905-1975)
Dates (Inclusive):
1905-1975
Creator:
Zoller, Edwin W.
Abstract:
Zoller was professor of art and assistant director of the Center for Continuing Liberal Education, Pennsylvania State University, 1933-1960.
Abstract:
Edwin W. Zoller (1900-1967) born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a professor of art and assistant director of the Center for Continuing Liberal Education at the Pennsylvania State University from 1933-1960 was considered an abstract expressionist painter who exhibited nationally and internationally. This collection, compiled and donated by his wife Lucille Lang Zoller, contains lecture notes including radio lectures, articles and his book, personal and professional correspondence, exhibition records, course materials, professional membership records, memorial donation records, biographical material including army records (he served in both world wars), photographs and scrapbooks (both personal and professional), one audio cd, one moving image, a sketchbook/ journal, as well as biographical material and family scrapbooks belonging to Lucille.
Collection Number:
752
Size:
0.75 Cubic feet
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Edwin W. Zoller (1900 - 1967) is considered an abstract expressionist artist. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 29, 1900, and died at his home near Tyrone, Pennsylvania, October 25, 1967. Dr. Zoller fought in both world wars. His life was devoted to painting and teaching, interrupted only by his service during World War II as Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Corps of Engineers. Zoller travelled and studied art in Italy, France and Mexico during his lifetime. He graduated from Penn State in 1921, and also attended the University of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He taught art in high schools in the Pittsburgh area where he married Lucille Lang (Zoller) in 1927, at which time he became a part-time art instructor in Penn Statersquo;s extension programs in Altoona and Pittsburgh. He was named administrative head of Penn Statersquo;s Sayre-Towanda Center in 1933 and became the administrative head of the Dubois Center, a position which he held until 1942. Zoller then taught painting at the Pennsylvania State University until 1958 when he was named Assistant Director for the Arts in the University's Center for Continuing Liberal Education. In 1960 he retired as Professor Emeritus of Art in order to devote full time to painting. In 1965 he was appointed to the Governor's Council on the Arts in which he was active until his death. Zoller lectured widely on the arts and edited and wrote several textbooks and articles. He also presented lectures on the radio and television. He exhibited in Europe and the United States in numerous group and one-man shows, twice winning prizes for distinction in painting at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh.Following his death, His wife Lucille was active in organizing retrospective exhibitions. One was held at the William Penn Memorial Museum, the State Museum at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in which some 135 works were borrowed from private collections, universities and museums. She also implemented the Zoller memorial art scholarship for art students pursuing studies at Penn State University.

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Collection Overview

This collection spans from 1824-1987 and measures 6 cubic feet. It contains six series: lectures, exhibition records and artwork, writings, correspondence, departmental and personal photographs and personal/ professional. Some records document his military service.

Many lectures, both in text and note forms are included as well as articles and other publications by Mr. Zoller. His journal, 1950-1959, contains his ideas on philosophy, art, and art education. Other items of particular interest include the texts from a radio series, convocation addresses, and text from a panel discussion. With few exceptions most items relate directly to Edwin Zoller's knowledge and appreciation of art and particularly painting. The collection was the gift of his wife, Lucille L. Zoller who was active in promoting Zoller's artwork and career contributions after his death. She includes someof her items as well as shared material from the Zoller/ Lang family .

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edwin W. Zoller papers. [manuscript]. 1927-1967. (752), Penn State University Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Moving Image
  • Photographic
  • Audio
  • Graphic
  • Artifacts

Personal Name(s)

  • Zoller, Edwin W.

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Collection Inventory

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