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Garo Z. Antreasian Papers

Identifier: MSS-502-BC

Scope and Content

The collection documents Garo Antreasian’s professional career via 11 series:
  1. Correspondence with galleries, museums, colleagues, and the like. Included is documentation of Antreasian prints and related notes.
  2. Murals/Exhibits/Galleries document significant Antreasian gallery activity and shows, museum exhibitions, and early mural projects.
  3. Lectures/Writings contain text of lectures and remarks given by Antreasian as well as text written by him and published in catalogs and other sources.
  4. Publicity includes exhibition catalogues featuring Antreasian’s work, as well as articles and news clippings about him and his work.
  5. Tamarind materials give a snapshot of Antreasian’s role as an administrator at Tamarind Lithography Workshop. Materials relating to writing and publication of the Tamarind Book of Lithography are also included. Note that more complete documentation of Tamarind and related activities are found in the Tamarind Institute records.
  6. University of New Mexico materials give a brief overview of Antreasian’s tenure and involvement at UNM.
  7. Professional Activities focus is on conferences and workshops that Antreasian attended, as well as involvements with professional organizations and issues.
  8. Research Materials/Notes pertain to art history in general and lithography in particular. English translations of early lithography texts, Der künstlerische Steindruck : handwerkliche Erfahrungen bei künstlerischen Flachdruckverfahren : mit Druckbeispielen by Carl Kappstein, 1910; Manuel de lithographie artistique pour l'artiste et l'imprimeur by E. Duchatel, 1907; Alois Senefelder : sein Leben und Wirken by Carl Wagner, 1914; Godefroy Engelmann, imprimeur lithographe : les incunables, by Leon Lang; Noveau manuel complet du dessinateur et de l'imprimeur lithographie … by E. Knecht (1867); Hanbuch der lithographie unddes steindruckes, by Fritz Georg are also included.
  9. Plaques (3) honoring Garo Antreasian are included.
  10. Artwork consists of original sketches and print maques.
  11. Audio recordings consist of interviews with and lectures given by Antreasian.


  • 1942-2005
  • Majority of material found in 1950-1990


Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Audio recordings must be reformatted prior to patron access.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biography / History

Garo Antreasian was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 16, 1922. He began studying lithography at age seventeen at his high school and followed that with formal art training at the School of the Herron Art Institute where he received his BFA in 1948. He also studied printmaking at the Art Students' League under Will Barnet and at Atelier 17 with Stanley William Hayter in the late 1940s in New York.

After working as an instructor at the School of the Herron Art Institute, Antreasian became the first technical director and master printer at the newly formed Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. He followed Tamarind to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he also taught in the Art Department of the University of New Mexico.

Antreasian is represented in the collections of the University of New Mexico Fine Arts Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He won numerous awards and grants throughout his career, including an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Purdue University.

Source: Biography quoted entirely from: Annex Galleries website.


9 boxes (8.2 cu. ft.)


This collection’s emphasis is on Garo Antreasians's career as an artist and art educator. His roles at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop and at the University of New Mexico, as well as his varied professional involvements are also documented in the collection.

Microfilm Version Available

This collection is available in part on microfilm at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Related Archival Material

Tamarind Institute records. Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico.

Separated Material

University of New Mexico Art Department profile and self-study files were transferred to University Archives. Photographs were transferred to Garo Z. Antreasian Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

Collection was reorganized and reevaluated in 2017. Series were created, additional materials were incorporated into the collection, and some materials deemed to have minimal research value were removed.

Inquire with reference staff for access to unprocessed material, 5 boxes, B3-6B. Includes files on Roswell Museum project, lecture notes, GA reference files, book drafts, Gerald Peters correspondence, flyers, artwork copies and photos.
Finding Aid of the Garo Z. Antreasian papers, 1942-2005
B. Silbergleit
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 2021-05-24: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

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