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The papers of Los Angeles painters and art instructors Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg measure 15.6 linear feet and date from circa 1890s to 2002. The papers document the careers of the two artists, including their establishment of the Post-surrealism movement in southern California, their work for federal arts programs, and their later abstract artwork. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, personal business records, exhibition files, printed materials, photographs, and one sound recording.
Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg papers, circa 1890s-2002, bulk 1919-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of this collection was digitized in 2012 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website. Materials not scanned include documents with private information, tax records, duplicates, photographs of artwork, slides, transparencies, and additional papers donated in 2014. One sound recording has not been digitized. In some cases, publications have had only title pages and relevant pages scanned.
Material lent for microfilming on reel LA 1 is available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
WPA scrapbook, Reel LA 1: Originals returned to Feitelson after microfilming.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Getty Foundation; funding for the digitization of the collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
In 1964, Feitelson loaned for microfilming a scrapbook of clippings primarily concerning his activities with the federal Works Progress Administration. The scrapbook was microfilmed on Reel LA1 and returned to Feitelson.
Also found in the Archives of American Art are oral history interviews with Lorser Feitelson conducted by Betty Lochrie Hoag, May 12, 1964, with Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg conducted by Betty Lochrie Hoag, March 17, 1965, and with Helen Lundeberg conducted by Jan Butterfield, July 19 and August 29, 1980; and Lorser Feitelson lectures recorded by Bonnie Trotter, 1973-1974.
Art instructor and painter Lorser Feitelson (1898-1978) lived and worked in Los Angeles with his wife Helen Lundeberg (1908-1999), also one of southern California's leading painters.
Portions of the collection were donated by Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg in 1973 and 1977. The Feitelson and Lundeberg Foundation donated additional material in 1999 and 2002. Additional material donated 2014 by Lorrie Madden, a student of Feitelson's.
This site provides access to the papers of Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2012. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 20,459 images.
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