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A Finding Aid to the Livingston L. Biddle, Jr. papers, circa 1940-2002

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. 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.

Provenance

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