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Vytautas Virkau Papers

Identifier: Wing-Modern-MS-Virkau

Scope and Content of the Collection

Papers of bookplate artist Vytautas Virkau from approximately 1966 to approximately 2003. The bulk of materials are from 1975 to 1993. Materials consist of correspondence with other artists, international exhibition materials, ex libris examples, and periodicals relating to bookplates. Exhibition materials include medals received at the International Biennial Exhibition of Modern Exlibris held in Malbork, Poland. Materials also include a collection of bookplates by artist Zibuntas Miksys.


  • Creation: approximately 1966-approximately 2003
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1975-1993



Materials are in English and Lithuanian.

Conditions Governing Access

The Vytautas Virkau papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Vytautas Virkau papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

Biography of Vytautas Virkau

Vytautas Virkau was born in Šiauliai, Lithuania in 1930. He fled Lithuania in 1944, and from 1944 to 1946 studied at the Lithuanian Gymnasium in Munich, Germany. He moved to the United States in 1951. He attended the University of Chicago and earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1956. From 1961 to 1985 Virkau was a professor at George Williams College of Art in Downers Grove, Illinois. From 1986-1995 he was a professor at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois and Head of the Department of Fine Arts. In 1970 he became art editor and designer of the journal Metmenys. Virkau has designed over 400 bookplates for individuals and institutions.


0.6 Linear Feet (2 boxes)


Consists mainly of correspondence, exhibition materials, ex libris examples, and periodicals relating to bookplates.


Papers are organized in the following series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1970-1995
Box 1
Series 2: Exhibits, 1966-2003
Box 1
Series 3: Miscellaneous, 1980-1994
Box 1
Series 4: Zibuntas Miksys Ex Libris, 1949-2013 (?)
Box 2

Collection Stack Location

4a 30 3


Gift of Vytautas Virkau, 2011.

Processed by

Adrian Alexander, 2011.


This inventory was created with the generous support of the Council on Library and Information Services, which is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Inventory of the Vytautas Virkau papers, approximately 1966-approximately 2003, bulk 1975-1993
Lindsey O'Brien
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States