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Neil Juhl Larsen research material on Charles Biederman, circa 1927-2011

Neil Juhl Larsen research material on Charles Biederman, circa 1927-2011

Larsen, Neil Juhl, 1956-2006

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Collection Information

Size: 9.4 linear feet

Summary: The Neil Juhl Larsen research material on Charles Biederman measures 9.4 linear feet and dates from circa 1927-2011. The material was compiled primarily by Neil Juhl Larsen in preparation for his biography, "Charles Biederman" (Hudson Hills Press, 2011). Also included is a small amount of material compiled by art historian Susan Larsen (no relation to Neil), who completed the book after Neil Larsen's death in 2006. The bulk of the research material consists of original papers belonging to Charles Biederman, including biographical material, correspondence, writings, personal business records, printed material, and photographs. These papers were given to Neil Juhl Larsen by Biederman and his daughter Anna Biederman Brown.

Biographical/Historical Note

Neil Juhl Larsen (1956-2006) was a writer and artist and friend and biographer of modernist painter and sculptor Charles Biederman. Larsen died in 2006 while preparing the biography, and the project was turned over to art historian Susan Larsen (no relation to Neil), who had written on Biederman as well. The biography, "Charles Biederman," was published in 2011.

Provenance

Donated 2012 by Susan M. Fridley, Neil Juhl Larsen's widow. Original material came directly from Charles Biederman and his daughter Anna Biederman Brown for the purposes of completing Biederman's biography and was compiled by Neil Larsen, and at his death, Susan Larsen.

Related Materials

Location of Originals

  • Originals of document photocopies and photographs of artwork found in this collection are located at the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota.

A Finding Aid to the Neil Juhl Larsen Research Material on Charles Biederman, circa 1927-2011, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart
Biographical/Historical note
Neil Juhl Larsen (1956-2006) was a writer, artist, friend, and biographer of modernist painter and sculptor Charles Biederman (1906-2004). Larsen died in 2006 while preparing the biography, and the project was turned over to art historian Susan Larsen (no relation to Neil), who had written on Biederman as well. The biography,
Charles Biederman
, was published in 2011.
Arrangement note
This collection is arranged as 2 series.
Series 1: Charles Biederman Papers, circa 1927-2004 (Boxes 1-6; 6.0 linear feet)
Series 2: Research Files, circa 1941-2011 (Boxes 7-10; 3.4 linear feet)
Scope and Contents note
The Neil Juhl Larsen research material on Charles Biederman measures 9.4 linear feet and dates from circa 1927-2011. The material was compiled primarily by Neil Juhl Larsen in preparation for his biography,
Charles Biederman
(Hudson Hills Press, 2011). Also included is a small amount of material compiled by art historian Susan Larsen (no relation to Neil), who completed the book after Neil Larsen's death in 2006. The bulk of the research material consists of original papers belonging to Charles Biederman, including biographical material, correspondence, writings, personal business records, printed material, and photographs. These papers were given to Neil Juhl Larsen by Biederman and his daughter Anna Biederman Brown.
Provenance
Donated 2012 by Susan M. Fridley, Neil Juhl Larsen's widow. Original material came directly from Charles Biederman and his daughter Anna Biederman Brown for the purposes of completing Biederman's biography and was compiled by Neil Larsen, and at his death, Susan Larsen.
Related Archival Materials note
Also in the Archives of American Art are 23 reels of microfilm (reels 1446-1450 and 1662-1679) of the Charles Biederman papers, loaned for microfilming in 1978-1979. The Biederman papers are now located at the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota. Additionally, the Archives of American Art holds the microfilm of the David Barr papers relating to Charles Biederman (reel 1294), and an oral history interview with Charles Biederman, conducted 1976 May 6, by Paul Cummings.
Location of Originals
  • Originals of document photocopies and photographs of artwork found in this collection are located at the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2014. The collection was minimally rearranged and retaind the existing/original folder titles when possible. All materials have been rehoused in archival folders and boxes for long-term stability, but not all staples and other fasteners were removed. Items within folders have not been rearranged.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Neil Juhl Larsen research material on Charles Biederman, circa 1927-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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