Preliminary Guide to the Harold Balazs Papers circa 1958-2007

Summary Information

Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections
Balazs, Harold.
Preliminary Guide to the Harold Balazs Papers
Date [inclusive]
circa 1958-2007
10.5 Linerar feet of shelf space, 12 Boxes
(MASC STAFF USE) MS-2000-09: W4-1-25-1; MS-2000-26: W4-1-27-2 and W4-11 ("unshelved"); MS-2011-48: W4-1-26-4
Collection materials are in English.
Papers of artist Harold Balazs, including biographical information, correspondence, commission and project files, photographs, drawings, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Preliminary Guide to the Harold Balazs Papers, circa 1958-2007 (MSSM.083)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Harold Balazs (1928-2017) was born in Ohio, and moved with his family to Spokane after graduating from high school. He graduated from Washington State College in 1951. He began his career as an artist designing and creating costume jewelry. He was a prolific painter and sculptor who produced hundreds of works of art for public buildings and spaces.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of papers of artist Harold Balazs, received in multiple installments.

Preliminary inventory:

MS-2000-09 (2 boxes): This accession consists of materials about Harold Balazs, collected and created by Gervais Reed circa 1988 and given to Balazs.

Box 1: Correspondence, photographs, notes, draft sections, and other materials related to Reed's essay, "Harold Balazs: An Introduction." Includes a life and career chronology for Balazs, 1928-1993.

Box 2: Photographs (color slides) of Balazs works (3 cases), and chronological file of index cards documenting events, works, and awards.

MS-2000-26 (9 boxes): Harold Balazs papers, including correspondence, files related to commissions and projects, photographs, and scrapbooks.

Box 1: Commissions and projects, correspondence (labeled folders).

Box 2: Commissions and projects (continued), photographs, career information, and loose, unsorted papers.

Box 3: Binders (photographs by Gervais Reed of Balazs works, "catalog," clippings), and loose unsorted papers (ephemera, articles about Balazs, small-scale reproductions of Balazs works).

Boxes 4-5: Loose, unsorted material (mainly clippings and pamphlets about Balazs works); scrapbook.

Box 5.1: Drawings, sketches, prints, photographs.

Box 5.2: Photographs (oversize) of building plans, Balazs works.

Boxes 6-7: Large panels with mounted photographs.

Oversize folders 1-3: miscellaneous large-format items.

MS-2011-48 (1 box): This accession includes photographs and slides of Balazs works, exhibit flyers, news clippings, a coloring book by Balazs, a tablet of his writings, and miscellaneous papers.

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This is an unprocessed collection. Arrangement reflects a pre-existing order from the records’ creators or previous custodians.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections  © 2020

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Acquisition Information

Harold Balazs donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in multiple installments beginning in 2000 (MS-2000-09, MS-2000-26, MS-2011-48).

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Names and Subjects

Personal Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Balazs, Harold -- Records and correspondence.
  • Reed, Gervais -- Records and correspondence.
Creator(s) :
  • Reed, Gervais.


  • Art.
  • Artists -- United States -- Archives.
  • Fine arts

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