J. Roman Andrus papers

J. Roman Andrus papers

Dates: approximately 1942-1993

Contains material pertaining to the career of James Roman Andrus as an art professor at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His personal papers include correspondence, family photographic color slides, standard audio cassettes, and magnetic tape recordings. His professional papers include his lecture notes and recordings, lithography notes, exhibit programs, personal notes and journals, small sketches, clippings, and color photographic slides (2 in x 2 in) of many of his paintings. Dated 1942-1993.

  • Extent: 6 cartons (6 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Andrus, J. Roman (James Roman), 1907-1993
  • Call Number: MSS 8961
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 21st Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from J. Roman Andrus papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8961; J. Roman Andrus papers; 21st Century; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8961, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Roman Andrus, son of James Roman Andrus, in 2016 and 2017.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Roman Andrus; 2016. Donated; Roman Andrus; 2017.
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Fine Arts; Education; Painting; Andrus, J. Roman (James Roman), 1907-1993; Brigham Young University. College of Fine Arts and Communications
Genre / Form
Lithographs; Audiocassettes; Slides (Photography); Lecture notes
Processing Information
Basic Processing; Itza Mostert, student manuscript processor; 2017. Revision to title; Alex Turner, student manuscript processor; August 2017.
Appraisal Information
Personal Papers Program, Faculty member who focused on the West and Mormons in his art (Personal Papers Program Collection Development Policy, V.b.v.3).
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Finding Aid Title
Andrus (J. Roman) papers
Finding Aid Author
Itza Mostert
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-10-06 10:41:31 -0600.
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Biographical History

J. Roman Andrus (1907-1993) was a faculty member of the art department at Brigham Young University from 1940 to 1974.

James Roman Andrus was born in St. George, Utah on July 11, 1907, to Alexander Burto Andrus and Rozilla Brooks Andrus. He had three siblings, two brothers and one sister, and spent his childhood in Southern Utah, where he was able to observe and appreciate Utah's naturally breathtaking landscape. In 1933, he was married to Irva Pratt, with whom he had five children.

Andrus earned his bachelor's degree in 1942 and his master's degree in 1943 from Brigham Young University. He went on to study at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and received his doctoral degree at the University of Colorado in 1958. He worked as an arts professor at BYU from 1958 to 1972.

An accomplished painter, Andrus was best known for his landscape pieces, though he also painted portraits. Andrus was a recipient of the Utah State Institute of Fine Arts Purchase Prize in 1945 and 1950, and was named professor emeritus at BYU in 1974. He passed away on June 23, 1993, at his home in Provo, Utah.

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