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

Biddle, Livingston, 1918-2002

Writer, Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 40.2 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of government arts administrator and novelist Livingston L. Biddle, Jr. (1918-2002) measure 40.2 linear feet and date from circa 1940 to 2002. The papers are comprised of biographical materials, correspondence, interviews, writings, numerous files reflecting his work to establish the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), political committee files, personal legal records, printed materials, scrapbooks, and photographs. Throughout the collection are video and sound recordings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Livingston L. Biddle, Jr. (1918-2002) was a federal government arts administrator and novelist active in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.


The Livingston L. Biddle, Jr. papers were donated in 2013 by Thomas O'Callaghan, a close friend of Biddle's who inherited the papers.

Language Note

The collection is in English


Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund