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J. Roman Andrus portrait of Harrison R. Merrill

J. Roman Andrus portrait of Harrison R. Merrill

Dates: 1941 June 26

Contains a canvas portrait of Harrison R. Merrill painted by J. Roman Andrus. Dated June 26, 1941.

  • Extent: 1 oversize box (1.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Andrus, J. Roman (James Roman), 1907-1993
  • Call Number: UA 5737
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 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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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to copyright material from the J. Roman Andrus portrait of Harrison R. Merrill must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: UA 5737; J. Roman Andrus portrait of Harrison R. Merrill; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: UA 5737, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Found in stacks in March 2015.
Acquisition Information
Source of acquisition unknown.
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Fine Arts; Andrus, J. Roman (James Roman), 1907-1993; Merrill, Harrison R. (Harrison Reuben), 1884-1938--Portraits
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Processing Information
Processed; Jenna Kirchhoefer, student processor, and Cory Nimer, curator; 2015.
Appraisal Information
Audio-visuals: photographs, sound and video recordings, and films (University Archives Specific Selection Guideline V, 2003).
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Finding Aid Title
Andrus (J. Roman) portrait of Harrison R. Merrill
Finding Aid Author
Jenna Kirchhoefer
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-09-17 12:51:41 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

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 bachelors degree in 1942 and his masters 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 Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center 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 the 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 in the year 1993 at the age of 85, and was buried in Provo, Utah.

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