Livingston L. Biddle, Jr. papers, circa 1940-2002

Biddle, Livingston, b. 1918 d. 2002
Arts administrator, Writer
Active in Philadelphia, Pa.

Collection size: 40.2 linear feet

Collection Summary: Biographical material, administrative files, correspondence, writings, legal records, photographs, scrapbooks, audio visual material, printed material, artwork, and artifacts documenting the career of arts administrator and novelist, Livingston L. Biddle, Jr.

Biographical material includes awards, degrees, yearbooks, membership documents to various fraternal Princeton clubs, passports, and military documents. Administrative files relate to the National Endowment for the Arts, and other committees. Correspondence is both personal and professional and is with family, friends, academic institutions, and Congressional correspondence regarding the National Endowment for the Arts. Writings include manuscripts of poems and notes, novels, books, short stories, articles, songs, plays, acceptance speeches, day books, and journals. Legal records are of the National Endowment for the Arts, income tax documents and miscellany.

Photographs are of Biddle, his family, Princeton University alumni, friends, political figures, events, and international tourist destinations. Scrapbooks document Biddle's political affiliations and travels. Audio visual material includes VHS video tapes and audio cassettes of family reunions, art debates, award ceremonies, and presidential functions, a cassette tape interview of Biddle conducted by Bob Edwards, 1988, a sound tape reel of Biddle's swearing in ceremony as chairmen of The National Endowment for the Arts, 1980, and a recording on two cassettes of Desert Island Discs program with Biddle and R.A. Davis, WETA, 1985. Printed material includes Princeton newsletters, gallery and museum newsletters, newspaper clippings relating to the National Endowment for the Arts, and exhibition catalogs and announcements related to various artists and Biddle's wife, Catharina Baart. Oversized printed material includes flyers and posters of political or influential figures. A small amount of the collection contains artwork by others including Biddle's wife. Artifacts include plaques, awards, and keys to the city.

Biographical/Historical Note: Livingston L. Biddle, Jr. (1918- 2002) was an arts administrator and novelist in Philadelphia, Pa. Biddle graduated from Princeton University in 1940. He later wrote legislation to create the National Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and was chair of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1977-1981.

Donated 2013 by Thomas O'Callaghan who was a close friend to Biddle who inherited the papers from him.

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