Edward Martinez Valentine Collection
Scope and Contents
The Edward Martinez Valentine Collection consists of original and print valentines and a copy of the January/February 1998 Silver & Blue; annual Valentine exhibit postcards, and an issue of the Sierra Arts Foundation "Encore." Generally, Martinez designed only one Valentine per year. The two 1986 Valentines in the collection, however, do not match the 1986 Valentine depicted in Straight from the Heart, indicating there were at least three design variations that year. Two of the Valentines are in switched order in Straight from the Heart. The 1988 Valentine is labeled "1989" in the book, and the 1989 cupid Valentine is labeled "1988" in the book. Valentine postcards for 2009 and 2011 are stamped from Martinez's Deep Etch Press in Virginia City, Nevada. There is one undated Valentine print included in the collection, with the phrase "al reves" included as part of the design.
The Archives collection is not a complete set. It does not include these Valentines: 1973, 1979b, the 1986 design depicted in Straight from the Heart, 1995b, 2000, and 2006.
- Martinez, Edward, 1934- (Creator, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
Edward (Ed or Edw) Martinez took Jim McCormick's print-making class in the Art Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, while obtaining a bachelor of arts degree in journalism. He then obtained a bachelor of science degree in education, with a minor in art, in 1965. That same year, he married Kay Barnum and they set up residence in Virginia City, eventually acquiring a complex of houses and studios.
While working on his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa's School of Art, he began teaching printmaking for UNR's Art Department. He soon became Chair of the Art Department, a position he held twice during his tenure at the University. During a Spring 1973 printmaking class, Martinez sketched a Valentine design and printed copies of it for his students. The next year, several students approached him with a request for another "hairy Valentine." This launched his annual series of limited edition, hand-drawn silk-screened Valentines. Valentines created in the years he was on sabbatical in England have British design elements. By 1998, he had an international distribution list of over 600 women, including about 100 at the University, who would receive the anonymous Valentines.
In 1997, the University's Black Rock Press printed 500 copies of Straight From the Heart: The Valentines of Edw Martinez, with an essay by William L. Fox, reproductions of the Valentines in chronological order, and commentary by Martinez about some of the Valentines. That publication, along with an article about Martinez in the January/February 1998 issue of Silver & Blue revealed his identity as the Cupid of Northern Nevada.
0.458 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language of Materials
Edward Martinez took Jim McCormick's print-making class in the Art Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, while obtaining a bachelor of arts degree in journalism. He then obtained a bachelor of science degree in education, with a minor in art, in 1965. That same year, he married Kay Barnum and they set up residence in Virginia City, eventually acquiring a complex of houses and studios. The collection includes original and print Valentines designed, hand-drawn, and silk-screened by Ed Martinez for his annual, limited edition series, which was distributed internationally.
Arranged into the following series: 1) Valentines; 2) Miscellaneous
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Loretta Terlizzi and James C. McCormick in February 2012. Marketing postcards, flyer, and 2 issues of "Encore (Sierra Arts Foundation) transferred from the Department of Art in August 2014.
- Martinez, Edward, 1934- (Creator, Person)
- Guide to the Edward Martinez Valentine Collection
- Revised by Betty Glass
- April 19, 2012
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Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository
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1664 N. Virginia St.
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557-0322 USA