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Edward Biberman papers, 1929-1985

Edward Biberman papers, 1929-1985

Biberman, Edward, 1904-1986

Muralist, Painter, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 1.7 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 3 reels)

Summary: Correspondence; legal material; writings; interview transcripts; television scripts; subject files; scrapbooks; printed material; photographs; audio tapes; videotapes.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, teacher, lecturer; Calif.; b. October 23, 1904 in Philadelphia; d. 1986. Muralist, Calif.; b. 1904 Between 1937 and 1941, he executed murals in the Federal Building post office, Los Angeles and in the Venice, Calif. post office. He also completed several portraits of notable American cultural figures. In the 1960s, Biberman hosted television programs on art, including "Dialogues in Art" from 1967-1968. His brother, Herbert Biberman was a film director (SALT OF THE EARTH, 1954), who was imprisoned for contempt of Congress by the House Committee on Un-American Activities.


Material on reels LA 1, 106, and 832 originally lent for filming by Biberman 1964 and 1971. With the exception of reel 106, fr. 151-601, all material was subsequently donated with additional papers in 1987 by his widow.

Location of Originals

  • Reel 106:151-601: Originals returned to lender.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels LA 1, 106, 832 available at Archives of American Art offices through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Edward Biberman papers, 1929-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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