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Marvin Harden papers, circa 1936-2005

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 7 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1950-1991
5 Folders
Box 1

Biographical material consists of documents pertaining to Harden's education including certificates, report cards, scholarship awards, and information about a student art festival. Family history files include genealogical information, clippings, and an essay by Lura Harden Miller, Marvin Harden's sister.
Description Container Select
Education Records, 1950-1964
1
1
Family History, undated
1
2
Fellowship, Awards in the Visual Arts, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 1982-1991
1
3
Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1982-1985
1
4
Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, 1972-1974
1
5

Series 2: Correspondence , 1964-2005
0.6 Linear feet
Box 1

Correspondence is with artists, colleagues, and organizations. Artists represented within the correspondence includes William Brice, Judy Chicago, Melvin Edwards, Connor Everts, Jan Stussy, and others. Arts organizations found within the correspondence includes Dobrick Gallery, Eugenia Butler Gallery, Gloria Cortella Inc., Hank Baum Gallery, Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Museum of Modern Art, among others.
Description Container Select
Outgoing Letters by Marvin Harden, 2000-2003, 1979-1981
1
6
Anderson, Eugene, N., 1975-1984
1
7
Awards in the Visual Arts, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 1981-1987
1
8
A, Miscellaneous, 1972-1986
1
9
Ballatore, Sandy, 1976-1989
1
10
Brice, William, 1997, 1974
1
11
B, Miscellaneous, 1984-1986, 1971
1
12
Cortella, Gloria, 1973-1979
1
13
C-F, Miscellaneous, 1966, 1973-1988
(Includes a letter from Judy Chicago)
1
14
Dobrick Gallery, 1979-1983
1
15
Edwards, Melvin, 1974-1989
1
16
Eugenia Butler Gallery, Gallery 669, 1968-1972, 1978
(Includes a photograph and flower petals)
1
17
Eve Mannes Gallery, 1984-1986
1
18
Everts, Connor and Judy, 1987-2003
1
19
Graphics Gallery, Hank Baum Gallery, 1972-1979
1
20
Ianco-Starrels, Josine, 1974-1998
1
21
Irving Blum Gallery, Marlborough Gallery, Inc.,, 1972-1974
1
22
Jan Turner Gallery, 1986-1994
1
23
J-K, Miscellaneous, 1992, 1978-1982
1
24
Kaplan, Charles, 1971-1982
1
25
Laguna Gloria Art Museum, 1978-1982
1
26
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, 1982, 1967-1974
1
27
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1992, 1964-1981
(Includes a photograph and slide)
1
28
Los Angeles Harbor College, 1964-1965
1
29
Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, 1975-1978
1
30
L, Miscellaneous, 2005, 1967-1969, 1983, 2005
1
31
Museum of Modern Art, 1969-1977
1
32
M, Miscellaneous, 1976-1994
1
33
National Endowment for the Arts, 1974, 1985-1987
1
34
Nordland, Gerald, 1977-1986
1
35
N, Miscellaneous, 1971-1985
1
36
OK Harris Works of Art, 1971-1973
1
37
O-P, Miscellaneous, 1969-2002
1
38
Palomar College, 1977
1
39
Parker, James, T., 2002, 1977-1986
1
40
Plagens, Peter, 1971-1986
1
41
R, Miscellaneous, 1982, 1970-1971
1
42
Stussy, Jan, 1973-1983
(Includes a print by Jan Stussy)
1
43
S, Miscellaneous, 1968, 2000-2004
1
44
T, Miscellaneous, 1982-1987, 1971-1972
1
45
University of California, Santa Barbara, 1983-1984
1
46
U, W, Miscellaneous, 1966-1985
1
47
Wilson, William, 1966-1994
1
48

Series 3: Teaching Files , circa 1964-2003
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1

Teaching files primarily document Harden's career as an art educator at California State University, Northridge. Materials include teaching awards, assignments, course outlines, notes, and miscellaneous writings by Harden about his teaching philosophy. The files also contain correspondence and photographs with students, a student exhibition guest register and related material, committee notes, memorandums, and evidence pertaining to an employment-related grievance with the university.
Description Container Select
Announcement for Student Exhibition, 1964
1
49
Correspondence with Students, 1980-2003
1
50
Faculty Journal, Perspective, California State University, Northridge, 1987
(Includes reproductions of Marvin Harden's artwork)
1
51
Graduate Committee Records, 1982-1995
1
52
Grievance Committee Memorandums, 1981-1983
1
53
Grievance Evidence, 1967-1982
1
54
Photographs with Students, 1971-1997
1
55
Student Exhibition Guest Register, Marvin Harden: A Tribute, 1983
(Includes annotations, an announcement, and a group portrait)
1
56
Teaching Awards, 1984-1997
1
57
Teaching Notes and Materials, undated
1
58

Series 4: Exhibition Files , 1966-2004
0.6 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Exhibition files include announcements, correspondence, exhibition catalogs, floor plans, insurance documents, loan agreements, photographs, press releases, and price lists.
Description Container Select
Miscellaneous Exhibitions, 1966-1985
1
59
Miscellaneous Exhibitions, 1990-2004
1
60
Marvin Harden: Paintings, Drawings (1966), 1999, 1966-1967
1
61
30 Contemporary Black Artists (1968-1969), 1968-1969
1
62
Marvin Harden-Draughtsman (1971), 1970-1971
2
1
8 Afro-American Artists (1971), 1971-1972
2
2
Separate Realities, (1973), 1973
2
3
A Drawing Show (1975), 1975
2
4
Marvin Harden: Recent Works (1975), 1990, 1973-1984
2
5
Festival in Black: Otis Art Exhibition (1977), 1977
2
6
The Intimate Object: Ten Faculty Artists (1977), 1977
2
7
The Early Sixties at UCLA (1978), 1977-1978
2
8
DECADE: Los Angeles Painting in the Seventies (1981), 1981
2
9
Post-Modernist Metaphors (1981), 1981
2
10
The Media, Style, and Tradition of Ten California Artists (1981), 1981
2
11
Changing Trends: Content and Style (1982), 1982
2
12
L.A. Art: An Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings (1982), 1982
2
13
Marvin Harden: Paintings and Drawings, 1961-1981 (1982), 1980-1985
2
14
Ceeje Revisited (1984), 1984
2
15
Three Meditations (1994), 1994-1995
2
16
Beyond 15 Minutes (1995), 1994-1995
2
17
FACULTY/faculty (2002), 2002
2
18

Series 5: Printed Material , 1964-2003
0.6 Linear feet
Box 2

Printed material consists of announcements and invitations, exhibition catalogs, and a loose clippings scrapbook with articles and reviews about Harden's artwork and exhibitions. Also found is a copy of the first volume of the Journal, published by the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, which includes a photograph of Harden and references to his involvement in developing the organization.
Description Container Select
Announcements and Invitations, 1971-2002
2
19
Clippings Scrapbook, 1964-2003
2
20-24
Exhibition Catalogs, 1966-1997
2
25-28
Journal, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, 1974
2
29

Series 6: Artwork , 1989-2000
2 Folders
Box 2

Artwork includes two sketches and an artists' book entitled natural selections which contains 12 aquatint etchings by Marvin Harden.
Description Container Select
Artists' Book, natural selections, 1991
2
30
Sketches, 2000, 1989
2
31

Series 7: Photographs , circa 1936-2001
7 Folders
Box 2

Among the black and white and color photographs are portraits and snapshots of Marvin Harden, family members, and colleagues, as well as Harden's home, studio, and land at Inwardness Ranch located near Cambria, California.
Description Container Select
Group Portraits, 1945-2000
2
32
Photographs of Family Members, circa 1949-1992
2
33
Photographs of Friends and Colleagues, circa 1980-2001
2
34
Photographs of Inwardness Ranch, undated
2
35
Photographs of Marvin Harden, circa 1936-1987
2
36-37
Photographs of Marvin Harden with Colleagues, circa 1963-1982
2
38

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.