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Collection of Correspondence concerning the Sculpture, "Arrowed Death"

Identifier: MSS-44-SC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of letters and memorandum to the National Park Service and the New Mexico Cuarto Centennial Commission soliciting funding for the bronze casting of John Terkin's, "Arrowed Death" sculpture, discussing placing the bronze statue in the patio at Bandelier National Monument. Six photographs accompany the letters. Whether or not the piece was ever cast in and placed at Bandelier National Monument is not answered in the correspondence.


  • 1938-1939

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

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Biographical Information

John Terkin was born in New York City, educated at the Beaux Arts Institute of Design, New York School of Fine and Industrial Arts, and studied in Europe for several years. He came to New Mexico in the late 1930s under the auspices of the WPA Federal Art Project. Terkin originally worked in Chaves County where he produced busts of local pioneers. The four works are of John Chisum, Joseph C. Lea, John J. Hagerman, and Amelia Bolton Church. All are exhibited at the Chaves County Historical Center. He was later assigned to the Forest Service at Bandelier. Terkin was told about Bandelier's book, The Delight Makers, and he sculpted a figure of Topanashka, the novel's hero of Frijoles. The sculpture was called "Arrowed Death."


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Finding Aid of the Collection of Correspondence concerning the Sculpture, "Arrowed Death", 1938-1939
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131