Scope and Content
Title: Stathis Orphanos Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1983-
Collection number: 527
Orphanos, Stathis, 1940-
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Stathis Orphanos (1940- ) was a author, bookseller and photographer. He began bookselling with Sylvester and George Fisher
in 1972 as Sylvester & Orphanos, and issued their first catalog in 1973. They began publishing limited editions as Sylvester
& Orphanos in 1976. Orphanos' first portfolio of photographs was published in
Ontario Review in 1983. The collection consists of copies of portraits, reproductions of portraits in various literary magazines, lists
of publications and exhibits, ephemera relating to publications and exhibits, memoirs, correspondence with David Zeidberg,
and a copy of a letter about his short fiction piece,
Bathyllus, from Colin Wilson.
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.
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.
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[Identification of item], Stathis Orphanos Papers (Collection 527). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research
Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Stathis Orphanos was born in North Carolina of Greek parents and resides in Los Angeles and at his home on the Greek island
of Samos. He is a photographer who specializes in portraits of major figures, whose work has been included in many publications.
He is also a partner with Ralph Sylvester in a publishing firm, called Sylvester & Orphanos.
Stathis Orphanos was born in October 12, 1940 in Greensboro, North Carolina of Greek parents from the island of Samos; was
in Connecticut and attended Cheshire Academy 1952-1958; attended Dennison University 1958-1959; attended CSULA 1960-1962,
where he studied with Dorothy Parker, among others; attended UCLA summer 1960; met partner Ralph Sylvester in 1960; began
bookselling with Sylvester and George Fisher in 1972; formed business as Sylvester & Orphanos and issued first catalog in
1973; began publishing limited editions as Sylvester & Orphanos in 1976 with Christopher Isherwood's
Christopher and His Kind, a special edition of the publisher's sheets and in 1978 with Joyce Carol Oates's
Sentimental education, printed by Lillian Marks; began photography at age 15 in 1955 with his first Rolleiflex; met friend Juli Veee (Gyula Visnyei)
in 1972 and first traveled with him to photograph authors on the East Coast in 1981; first portfolio of photographs published
Ontario Review in 1983; various shows of photography and Sylvester & Orphanos publications, including Los Angeles Art Association Galleries
1988 (curated by Shirley Burden), exhibit at UCLA Library
Department of Special Collections 1990 (curated by Dan Luckenbill), Beverly Hills Public Library 1995 (curated by Stefan Klima);
author of fiction, including stories set in Greece; author of non fiction, e.g. memoirs of photographing sitters, including
knowing and photographing Christopher Isherwood published in
Scope and Content
The papers consist of papers, manuscripts, portraits, photographs and ephemera related to authors and the subjects of Southern
California-related books. Portraits are of Michael Nava, Mamie Van Doren. Includes material about Sylvester & Orphanos.
Expanded Scope and Content
Collection consists of copies of portraits of Michael Nava and Mamie Van Doren; reproductions of portraits in various literary
magazines; lists of publications and exhibits; ephemera relating to publications and exhibits; memoirs about photographing
famous authors with traveling companion Juli Veee, of photographing Mamie Van Doren, and of photographing U.S. Marines in
a series entitled
Kouroi; correspondence with David Zeidberg; and copy of a letter about his short fiction piece,
Bathyllus, from Colin Wilson.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Sylvester & Orphanos (Firm).
- Portrait of bookseller Peggy Christian (gift of Peggy Christian), and of actress and Greek Minister of Culture, Melina Mercouri
(gift of the Estate of Peggy Christian). In Photographers Collection (Collection 98). Available at Department of Special Collections,
- Records of the Sylvester & Orphanos exhibit are in University of California. Library. Department of Special Collections Collection
(Exhibit records, 1967-1991). Available at University Archives, UCLA.
- Records of the Beverly Hills exhibit and lecture by Dan Luckenbill are in the Dan Luckenbill Papers (Collection 1484). Available
at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
Sylvester & Orphanos: catalog of an exhibit, October-December 1990. Written and compiled by Dan Luckenbill, 1990. Available at Young Research Library, UCLA.