Louis Orr Collection

ca. 1939-1952
Manuscript Collection #1055
Creator(s)
Orr, Louis
Physical description
1.5 Cubic Feet, 5 archival boxes, consisting of prints of etchings in archival matting
Preferred Citation
Louis Orr Collection (#1055), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions. PRINTS ARE HOUSED IN THE VAULT.

The Louis Orr Collection contains a set of forty-eight prints [of the original fifty-one print set] made from etchings of North Carolina historical landmarks and architectural sites. The etchings were created from 1939 to 1952 by artist Louis Orr, a world-renown etcher, at the behest of North Carolina resident Robert Lee Humber who wanted to preserve North Carolina's heritage by providing the artwork to schools, colleges, public libraries and institutions throughout the state.


Biographical/historical information

Louis Orr, born in Hartford, Connecticut, spent most of his career as a well-known etcher in Paris, France. He met Robert Lee Humber, who later led the effort to establish the North Carolina Museum of Art in 1947, in Paris during the 1930s. In 1939, at Humber's suggestion and underwritten by him, Orr began a project that lasted until 1952 during which he produced 51 etchings of historical landmarks and architectural sites found across North Carolina. Humber's thought was to preserve North Carolina's heritage by providing the artwork to schools, colleges, public libraries and institutions throughout the state. After completing this project, Orr returned to Paris where he continued his work until his death in 1966.

Source: https://www.ncpedia.org/louis-orr-etchings


Administrative information
Custodial History

March 26, 2019 (unprocessed), 1.5 cubic feet; The Louis Orr Collection contains a set of forty-eight prints [of the original fifty-one print set] made from etchings of North Carolina historical landmarks and architectural sites. The etchings were created from 1939 to 1952 by artist Louis Orr, a world-renown etcher, at the behest of North Carolina resident Robert Lee Humber who wanted to preserve North Carolina's heritage by providing the artwork to schools, colleges, public libraries and institutions throughout the state. forty-eight prints of etchings. Signed by Louis Orr. Black & White. Matted. Original matted dimensions: 15.5" x 17". Print dimensions: 13.25" x 16". Transferred from Joyner Library, East Carolina University.

Source of acquisition

Transferred from J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University

Processing information

Encoded by Lindsay Flood, April 3, 2008

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.