The Bronze Panel Doors at the Archives

Bronze Doors artist Nathan H. Glick


Nathan H. Glick, a native of Birmingham, went from high school in Montgomery, Alabama, to four years of art school in New York City where he studied with outstanding teachers such as Eric Pape and George Ennis. At the same time he worked under James L. Clarke at the American Museum of Natural History, studying animal anatomy.


Later he returned to Montgomery as art director of Paragon Press. During this time he illustrated several books on Alabama history written by Marie Bankhead Owen, director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History. When Mrs. Owen conceived the idea of bronze doors for the Archives building, Glick was chosen as the designer for the monumental work depicting eight scenes from Alabama history. In 1940, the bronze panel doors were placed at the Washington Avenue entrance to the building, serving as "pocket doors." When the metal track they ran on became too worn to allow the nightly closing of the doors, they were moved temporarily inside the auditorium, permitting visitors to continue to enjoy Glick's artwork. The doors are now located in the Ocllo S. Malone Lobby in the new east wing.


In World War II, Glick served as a combat artist for the Ninth Air Force, and his work appeared in Yank, Stars and Stripes, London Illustrated, Life, and Parade. His war work has been exhibited in Cairo, London, and Paris.


After the war, Glick moved back to Birmingham to join Progressive Farmer Magazine as art editor and illustrator. In 1983, he illustrated The World of the Southern Indians by Virginia Pounds Brown and Laurella Owens. In 1985, he illustrated Mrs. Brown's Southern Indian Myths and Legends.


Nathan Glick passed away Oct. 15, 2012 in Birmingham, AL. His life was filled with art and service.


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