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Finding Aid for the Simon Toparovsky papers, 1995-
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Processing History
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Simon Toparovsky papers
    Date (inclusive): 1995-
    Collection number: 1734
    Creator: Toparovsky, Simon.
    Extent: 1 box (.5 linear ft.) 3 oversize boxes.
    Abstract: Simon Toparovsky is a designer and sculptor whose work has been exhibited internationally. The collection consists of printed material, exhibition brochures and catalogs, artwork, and clippings in English and Italian.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English, Italian.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Simon Toparovsky, 2006 and 2007.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Simon Toparovsky papers (Collection 1734). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 5458699 


    Simon Toparovsky studied at Temple University, University of California, Berkeley, and California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. He began his professional career as an apprentice to hand bookbinders in the United States and England, where he studied the restoration and conservation of rare books. In 1976 he was chosen as the head of the apprenticeship program at the Center for Book Arts in New York. While there he taught and created original work, some of which has been acquired by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Smithsonian Institution. In the 1980s, Toparovsky transitioned from working with visual books to creating narrative sculptures. He creates both private and public art, including, in 2002, the design for the main altar crucifix for the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles. His other works have been exhibited and purchased by such organizations as the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the Getty Center (Los Angeles). Toparovsky lives and works in Los Angeles, California and Milan, Italy.

    Scope and Content

    This collection documents exhibitions of sculptor Simon Toparovsky. The catalogs, brochures, artwork, and clippings in it are derived from several of his solo and collaborative efforts from 1995 to ca. 2007. Languages of the material are English and Italian.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged by exhibition title:
    1. Ex occidente lux
    2. Flight of Icarus
    3. La costituzione Americana
    4. Tutte le storie.
    5. Qui Del Dicible

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    COLLECTION CONTAINS DIGITAL MATERIALS: Special equipment or further processing may be required for viewing. To access digital materials you must notify the reference desk in advance of your visit.

    Processing History

    Simon Toparovsky donated material from several of his exhibitions in 2006 and the material was rehoused and described. In 2007, Mr. Toparovsky donated additional materials relating to the exhibition Qui Del Dicibile. Processed by Elizabeth Sheehan in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), 2006. Additions to the collection were processed by Kelley Wolfe Bachli in 2008.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Toparovsky, Simon--Archives.
    Sculptors--Archival resources.