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Isaiah and Julia Zagar Collection

Identifier: ZAG

Scope and Contents

Comprised of sketches, prints, letters, and posters created by Isaiah Zagar and his wife, Julia Papiroff Zagar, dated between 1963 and 1969. The collection mostly consists of objects sent to Bob Rosen, the donor's uncle. Many of the items date from Zagar and Papiroff’s time in the Peace Corp in addition to various drawings and records relating to their life in Philadelphia. Includes items including gallery annoucements, family birth and wedding annoucements, and letters from Zagar to Rosen descrbing Peru. There are also many sketches and drawings, some signed and dated, in a wide variety of mediums.


  • Majority of material found within circa 1963-1969, undated


Language of Materials

Predominantly in English; some material in Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Isaiah Zagar Collection is the physical property of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. The Museum holds literary rights only for material created by Museum personnel or given to the Museum with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication and for other purposes where stated.


0.3 linear feet


The Isaiah Zagar Collection contains archival material relating to the artist Isaiah Zagar. Many objects are from Zagar's time in the Peace Corp in Peru as well as other letters, posters, family annoucements, and sketches and drawings.

Custodial History

Gift of Sander M. Goldberg, 2016.

Processing Information

These materials were arranged and described by Sophie Mongoven in 2017.


Guide to the Isaiah Zagar Collection
Sophie Mongoven
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives Repository

Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia PA 19101-7646 United States