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

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged as 2 series.

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Series 1: Charles Biederman Papers , circa 1927-2004
6 Linear Feet
Boxes 1-6

The Charles Biederman papers consists of biographical material, correspondence, writings, personal papers, printed material, and photographs which were given to Neil Juhl Larsen during the course of his work on the book Charles Biederman. While most papers are original, some of the writings and correspondence are photocopies.
The series is arranged as 6 subseries.
  • 1.1: Biographical Material, 1932-2004
  • 1.2: Correspondence, 1935-2004
  • 1.3: Writings, 1950-2004
  • 1.4: Personal Business Records, 1960-2001
  • 1.5: Printed Material, 1933-1996
  • 1.6: Photographs, circa 1927-2003
1.1: Biographical Material, 1932-2004
Found here is scattered biographical material regarding Charles Biederman including various resumes, chronologies and biographical content for Biederman's website. Also found are thoughts on Biederman written by his wife Mary, caregiver notes and recollections, a list of books in Biederman's library, and an oral history interview transcript. Researchers should note that additional documents such as one address book, estate and selective service records, and passports are primarily photocopies of originals.
Description Container
Address Book, undated
1
1
Archives of American Art Oral History Transcript, 1976
1
2
Biographical Resumes and Chronologies, 1969-1976
1
3
Books in Personal Library, 1999-2000
1
4
Caregiver's Journal and Various Personal Recollections, 2002-2004
1
5
Estate Planning, 1978
1
6
Passports, 1932-1988
1
7
Selective Service, 1941-1945
1
8
Thoughts on Charles Written by Mary Biederman, 1936
1
9
Website Content, 2001
1
10
1.2: Correspondence, 1935-2004
The majority of correspondence is between Charles Biederman, his wife Mary, and daughter Anna. Included are "Morning Notes" which Biederman would write late at night in his studio and leave on the breakfast table for Mary and Anna to read in the morning. Many of these are illustrated. Also included is correspondence with Mary's brother-in-law and sister, John and Eugenie Anderson. John Anderson was also an patron of Biederman's early artistic work. Additional correspondence of note is with writers Leif Sjoberg, Joan Waddell Barnes, and artist Jean Albert Gorin. The bulk of the correspondence found here is either photocopies or typescripts of originals.
Description Container
Anderson, John and Eugenie, 1935-1942
1
11-19
Barnes, Joan Waddell - Excerpts from Letters, 1941-1942
1
20-21
Biederman, Anna, 1952, 1955, 1961-1969
1
22-34
Biederman, Mary, 1940
1
35-38
Biederman, Mary, 1941-1974
2
1-18
Biederman, Mary, undated
2
19
"Morning Notes" to Mary and Anna Biederman, 1950s
2
20-24
Gorin, Jean Albert, 1946-1952
2
25-27
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1976
2
28
Sjoberg, Leif, 1969-1979
2
29-30
Zabriskie Gallery, 1972
2
31
Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1940-2004
2
32
1.3: Writings, 1950-2004
Writings include notebooks, notes, poetry, essays, and other draft writings by Charles Biederman. Most of the writings are on nature. Researchers should note that most of these documents are photocopies of originals, especially writings dating before 1995.
Description Container
Notebook, 1950-1988
2
33
Notebook, circa 2004
2
34
Notes From Nature, 1957-1990
2
35-39
Notes, 1960-2003
3
1-5
Notes, circa 1995-1999
3
6-7
Notes, undated
3
8
Poems, circa 1961-1976
3
9
Journal LLL Art & Music, circa 1951-1953
3
10
"Art and Literature as Creation", 1957-1959
3
11
"The Creative Process of Nature", 1960
3
12
"The Creative Structural Process of Nature Part II", 1963
3
13
Various Writings, 1959-2003
3
14-25
Writings by David Bohm, Annotated by Charles Biederman, undated
3
26
1.4: Personal Business Records, 1960-2001
Found here is a small amount of Charles Biederman's personal business records, including his dealings with the Archives of American Art and Weisman Art Museum, reproduction agreements, and deeds of gift for his artwork to various individuals.
Description Container
Archives of American Art, 1973-1998
3
27
Deeds of Gift, 1960-2001
3
28
Permissions to Reproduce for Search For New Arts, 1976-1980
3
29-32
Reproduction Agreements, 1976-2001
3
33
Weisman Art Museum Agreements, 1991-2001
3
34-36
Miscellaneous Business Records, circa 1992
4
1
1.5: Printed Material, 1933-1996
Printed material primarily consists of exhibition catalogs and announcements for Biederman's work, as well as a few press releases, conference publications, and magazines. Also included is one book containing annotations by Biederman.
Description Container
Annotated Book, Science and Sanity by Alfred Korzybski, 1933
4
2
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, 1936-1941
4
3
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, 1962-1996
4
4-14
Press Release, 1965
4
15
Pro Conference Publications, 1987-1992
4
16
Magazines, 1966-1978, 1942
4
17
Structure Magazine, 1958-1964
4
18-19
1.6: Photographs, circa 1927-2003
Numerous photographs depict Charles Biederman, his wife Mary and daugther Anna, thier home and studio, and exhibitions of his work. Also included are photographs of friends and family and Biederman's 1988 trip to Europe, as well as photographs, slides, transparencies, and negatives of Biederman's artwork.
Description Container
Charles Biederman, 1936-2000s
4
20-26
Charles, Mary, and Anna Biederman, circa 1940s-1960s
4
27
Charles Biederman with Others, circa 1927-1990s
4
28
Anna Biederman, 1940s-1960s
4
29
Others, circa 1927-2002
4
30
Biederman Home and Studio, circa 1950s-2000s
4
31
Visit to Europe, 1988
4
32-33
Exhibition Installation at Hayward Gallery, 1969
4
34
Exhibition Installations, 1998, undated
5
1-2
Exhibition Opening at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 2003
5
3-4
Miscellaneous Personal Photographs, circa 1940s-1990s
5
5
Photographs and Transparencies for "Search for New Arts", circa 1950s-1970s
5
6
Photographs of Artwork, 1938-1960s
5
7-22
Photographs of Artwork, circa 1930s-2002
6
1-14
Photographs of Artwork by Others, circa 1950s-1960s
6
15
Photographs of String Reliefs, 1950s-1960s
6
16
Slides, circa 1958-1990s
6
17-22
Transparencies and Negatives, circa 1950s-1990s
6
23-24

Series 2: Research Files , circa 1941-2011
3.4 Linear Feet
Boxes 7-10

Found here are Neil Juhl Larsen's research files regarding Charles Biederman compiled during his work on the book Charles Biederman, which was published in 2011 after Larsen's death. A small amount of material compiled or annotated by Susan Larsen for the completion of the book is also included. Files contain notes, annotated photocopies of original documents, articles on Biederman, photographs, and a small amount of correspondence. Research files document many aspects of Biederman's life and career, including extensive documentation on his artwork and writings, as well as related subject matter. Of note is a research binder belonging to Neil Juhl Larsen which includes original correspondence with Biederman, photographs, and other material documenting their collaboration on this book project. Researchers should note that much of the research material is photocopies which are often annotated by Larsen. Also included is a set of color snapshots of preliminary sketches, artworks on paper, designs, and drawings by Charles Biederman.
Description Container Select
Architecture, circa 2000s
7
1
Art Production and Sales, circa 2002
7
2
Articles about Charles Biederman (1934-1999), 1963-2000s
7
3-18
Awards, 1998-2000s
7
19
Background, Family, Youth, 2007-2009
7
20
British Structurism, 1957-2000s
7
21
Copyright, circa 1979-2000
7
22
Correspondence Regarding Book Project, 2001-2009
7
23
Death, Wills, Etc., 1999-2005
7
24
Exhibitions, circa 2000s, 2011
7
25
Interviews, circa 2000s
7
26
Internet Articles, 2005-2009
7
27
Inventory, Charles Biederman Preliminary Studies, 2005
7
28-29
Jan Van der Marck Files on Charles Biederman, 1963-2005
7
30-34
Jan Van der Marck Interview, circa 2000s
7
35
Jordan Court, 2000s, circa 1973
7
36
List of Published Articles by Charles Biederman, circa 2001
7
37
Mary Biederman's Journals, Excerpts and Photocopies, circa 2000s
7
38
Miscellaneous Articles, circa 1940s-2005
7
39
Miscellaneous Documents, circa 1990s-2000s
7
40
Museums, 1996-2004
7
41
North American Structurism, 2000s, 1968
8
1
Notebook of Charles Biederman Quotes, 1998-2001
8
2
Notes from Conversations with Charles Biederman, 2005
8
3
Obituaries, 2004-2005
8
4
Photographs of Artwork, 2000s
Color snapshots of preliminary sketches, artworks on paper, designs, and drawings by Charles Biederman. Photographs also includes annotations by Biederman.
8
5-20
Photographs of Artwork, 2000s
Color snapshots of preliminary sketches, artworks on paper, designs, and drawings by Charles Biederman. Photographs also includes annotations by Biederman.
9
1-14
Printed Material on Related Subject Matter, 1950-200s
9
15
Published Writings by Charles Biederman, 1942-2000s
9
16-20
Red Wing Public Library, circa 1990s
9
21
Reproductions of Artwork, circa 1990s-2009
9
22
Research Binder, 1993-2000s
Includes photographs, correspondence between Larsen and Biederman, and original writings by Biederman.
9
23
Research on Individuals
Joost Baljeu, 2006
9
24
Joan Saugrain Brendendieck, 1965-2005
9
25
Wilma Crittenden, 2000s
9
26
Jean Gorin, 2000s
9
27
Beatrice Chinnock Grabbe, 2000s
9
28
Malcolm McCannel, 1997
9
29
George L. K. Morris, circa 1941
9
30
Victor Pasmore, 1998
10
1
George Rickey, 2000s
10
2
Jean Sabo, 2000s
10
3
Leif Sjoberg, 1998-2000s
10
4
Charles Stinson, circa 2000s
10
5
Jan Van der Marck, 2000-2005, 1966
10
6
Aspasia Voulis, 1963, 2000s, 1966
10
7
Gillian Wise, circa 1967, 2000s
10
8
Research on Writings
"Art As the Evolution of Visual Knowledge", 2000s
10
9
"Art As Humanization of Science", circa 1998
10
10
"Nature Art Anew", circa 2000s
10
11
"The New Cezanne", 1958, 1975, 2000s
10
12
"Search For New Arts", circa 1981-1982
10
13
"Visual Millenium", 2000
10
14
Thesis, "The Art of Charles Biederman," David Lee Craven, 2006, 1979
10
15-16
Thesis, "The Search for a Constructive Art," David John Barr (1965), circa 2000s
10
17
Visit to Europe, 2000s, 1988
10
18
Weisman Art Museum, 1998-2005
10
19-20
Weisman Art Museum, Inventory of Archival Material, 2005
10
21
Weisman Art Museum, Memorial Service, 2005
10
22

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.
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