Marchal Landgren papers, 1928-1983

Landgren, Marchal E., b. 1907 d. 1983
Educator, Art historian, Author, Librarian
Active in Washington, D.C.; New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 16 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Art and research files containing correspondence, photographs, and notes on 100 artists, photographers, institutions, organizations, publications, and other subjects including: Berenice Abbott, the Art Students League, Artists Equity Association, Milton Avery, George Collins Cox, Jose de Creeft, Aline Fruhauf, William Morris Hunt, Robert Loftin Newman (3 linear ft.), Elizabeth McCausland, Tadeusz Lapinski, Charles Logasa, the Municipal Art Committee of New York, the New School for Social Research, University of Maryland, and others; manuscripts, typescripts, and notes; a scrapbook of clippings; financial records; and printed materials. Also included are biographical and genealogical material, photographs of Landgren and works of art, miscellaneous correspondence, and art works.

Notable among the photographs are 14 by George C. Cox of Rudyard Kipling, Clyde Fitch, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Madame Fanny Janauschek, Donald G. Mitchell, and others, one by Berenice Abbott, "Barclay Street Ferry," and a Christmas card from her to Landgren, and one of Juliana Force by Cecil Beaton.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art historian, librarian, educator, author; Washington, D.C.; b. 1907; d. 1983 Was director of art activities for the New York City Municipal Art Committee from 1935-1939. During the Depression he organized exhibitions of the work of Elliot Orr and Milton Avery and arranged for the first of several exhibitions of the work of Robert Loftin Newman whose definitive biographer he became. Moved to D.C. and worked for the D.C. Public Library, and taught art history and headed the museum training program at the University of Maryland. Also wrote the book, "Years of Art: The Story of the Art Students League of New York."

Donated by Landgren in 1974 and by his estate in 1983.

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