A Finding Aid to the Neil Juhl Larsen Research Material on Charles Biederman, circa 1927-2011, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.larsneil
Creators:
Larsen, Neil Juhl
Dates:
circa 1927-2011
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
9.4 Linear Feet
Repository:
The Neil Juhl Larsen research material on Charles Biederman measures 9.4 linear feet and dates from circa 1927-2011. The material was compiled primarily by Neil Juhl Larsen in preparation for his biography, Charles Biederman (Hudson Hills Press, 2011). Also included is a small amount of material compiled by art historian Susan Larsen (no relation to Neil), who completed the book after Neil Larsen's death in 2006. The bulk of the research material consists of original papers belonging to Charles Biederman, including biographical material, correspondence, writings, personal business records, printed material, and photographs. These papers were given to Neil Juhl Larsen by Biederman and his daughter Anna Biederman Brown.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Neil Juhl Larsen research material on Charles Biederman measures 9.4 linear feet and dates from circa 1927-2011. The material was compiled primarily by Neil Juhl Larsen in preparation for his biography, Charles Biederman (Hudson Hills Press, 2011). Also included is a small amount of material compiled by art historian Susan Larsen (no relation to Neil), who completed the book after Neil Larsen's death in 2006. The bulk of the research material consists of original papers belonging to Charles Biederman, including biographical material, correspondence, writings, personal business records, printed material, and photographs. These papers were given to Neil Juhl Larsen by Biederman and his daughter Anna Biederman Brown.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged as 2 series.
  • Series 1: Charles Biederman Papers, circa 1927-2004 (Boxes 1-6; 6.0 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Research Files, circa 1941-2011 (Boxes 7-10; 3.4 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Neil Juhl Larsen (1956-2006) was a writer, artist, friend, and biographer of modernist painter and sculptor Charles Biederman (1906-2004). Larsen died in 2006 while preparing the biography, and the project was turned over to art historian Susan Larsen (no relation to Neil), who had written on Biederman as well. The biography, Charles Biederman, was published in 2011.

Administration
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals of document photocopies and photographs of artwork found in this collection are located at the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota.
Processing Information
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2014. The collection was minimally rearranged and retaind the existing/original folder titles when possible. All materials have been rehoused in archival folders and boxes for long-term stability, but not all staples and other fasteners were removed. Items within folders have not been rearranged.
Author
Erin Kinhart
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated in 2012 by Susan M. Fridley, Neil Juhl Larsen's widow. Original material came directly from Charles Biederman and his daughter Anna Biederman Brown for the purposes of completing Biederman's biography and was compiled by Neil Larsen, and after his death, by Susan Larsen.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Conditions Governing Use
The Neil Juhl Larsen research material on Charles Biederman is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Preferred Citation
Neil Juhl Larsen research material on Charles Biederman, circa 1927-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
Also in the Archives of American Art are 23 reels of microfilm (reels 1446-1450 and 1662-1679) of the Charles Biederman papers, loaned for microfilming in 1978-1979. The Biederman papers are now located at the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota. Additionally, the Archives of American Art holds the microfilm of the David Barr papers relating to Charles Biederman (reel 1294), and an oral history interview with Charles Biederman, conducted 1976 May 6, by Paul Cummings.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Larsen, Susan C. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Biederman, Charles Joseph, 1906-2004 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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