The Ferdinand Horvath collection compiled by John Canemaker spans the years circa 1920-1939 and
encompasses less than one linear foot. There are clippings, correspondence, notebooks, a scrapbook,
miscellaneous material, including fictional writings by Horvath, and photographs. The material is in
English, Hungarian, German, and Russian.
Ferdinand Huszti Horvath was a Hungarian-born sketch artist active in film from the 1920s to early
1940s. Born Nandor Mahaly Lowenstein in Budapest, his father changed the family's surname to Horvath in
1902. Ferdinand arrived in New York in 1921 and became a U.S. citizen in 1927. He found work as an
illustrator for books, magazines, and ads and worked at Paul Terry? studio on the Aesop's Film Fables
cartoon series. During the Depresssion he sought employment in Hollywood. From 1933 to 1937 he worked for
Walt Disney as a sketch artist specializing in conceptual artwork for animated films. Animator and
historian John Canemaker apparently obtained the material while researching his book, "Before the
Animation Begins: The Art and Lives of Disney Inspirational Sketch Artists."
1 linear feet of papers.
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