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Bernard Langlais papers, 1950-2010

Langlais, Bernard, 1921-1977

Painter, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 16.8 Linear feet

Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, legal and financial records, a lecture, scrapbooks, photographs, works of art, printed material, and audio visual material documenting the career of sculptor and painter, Bernard Langlais.

Biographical/Historical Note

Bernard Langlais (1921-1977) was a sculptor and painter in Cushing, Maine. Langlais, a French-Canadian and Indian native of Maine, attended the Corcoran School of Art, moved to New York, and became a close friend of many of the rising New York artists. Tiring of the New York competitive art scene, he returned to Maine, abandoned abstract painting, and achieved considerable success with monumental wooden outdoor sculpture.


The bulk of the collection (13.5 linear feet) was donated 2015 by Colby College Museum of Art via Paige Doore, Curricular Registrar, who received the papers as a bequest from Helen Langlais. Papers on reels 859-860 were lent for microfilming in 1974 by Langlais and subsequently donated 1997 with additional papers by Helen Friend Langlais, Langlais' widow. One video recording, "Noon Exercise: Bernard Langlais" was donated in 1981 by WCBB-TV, Lewiston, ME via Harriet Passerman, Cultural Affairs Director.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

3.0 linear feet of the collection can be found on 35mm microfilm reels 859-860 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

35mm microfilm reels 859-860 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.

Restrictions on Use

Video recording "Noon Exercise: Bernard Langlais" is publication restricted. Authorization to quote or reproduce for purposes of publication requires written permission from WCBB-TV, Lewiston, Maine. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Bernard Langlais papers, 1950-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.