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Biddle, Livingston, 1918-2002  Search this
Drexel, Katharine Mary, Saint  Search this
Davis, R. A.  Search this
Carter, Jimmy  Search this
Biddle, Catharina Baart  Search this
Asawa, Ruth  Search this
Alexander, Jane  Search this
Maxwell, Barb  Search this
Mondale, Walter F.  Search this
Schieffer, Bob  Search this
O'Connor, Sandra Day  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Scholder, Fritz  Search this
Rostropovich, Mstislav  Search this
Jessup, Peter  Search this
Johnson, Lady Bird  Search this
Watson, Howard N.  Search this
King, Susan  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob  Search this
Temple, Louann  Search this
Edwards, Bob  Search this
Glenn, John  Search this
Hammer, Armand  Search this
Kennedy, Edward M. (Edward Moore)  Search this
Hanks, Nancy  Search this
Pell, Claiborne  Search this
Oliphant, Pat  Search this
Rosenquist, James  Search this
Bryn Mawr College  Search this
Fordham University  Search this
National Endowment for the Arts  Search this
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
40.2 Linear feet
The collection is arranged as 11 series. Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1950-2002 (2.5 linear; Box 1-3, 41, OV 43) Series 2: Correspondence, 1956-2001 (2 linear feet; Boxes 3-5) Series 3: Interviews, 1978-2002 (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 5-6) Series 4: Writings, 1940-2002 (12 linear feet; Boxes 6-18) Series 5: National Endowment for the Arts, 1964-2000 (10 linear feet; Boxes 18-27, 42) Series 6: Committees and Political Campaigns, 1944-2001 (3.5 linear feet; Boxes 27-30) Series 7: Personal Legal Records, 1952-1986 (1 linear foot; Boxes 30-31) Series 8: Printed Materials, circa 1950-2000 (3.5 linear feet; Boxes 31-34, 41, OV 44) Series 9: Scrapbooks, 1970-1998 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 34, 42) Series 10: Photographs and Video Recordings, circa 1950-2002 (4.6 linear feet: Boxes 34-40, OV 44) Series 11: Artwork, 1976-1989 (0.3 linear feet; Box 40, OV 44)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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.
Livingston L. Biddle, Jr. papers, circa 1940-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund
Use Note:
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Biography Note:
Livingston L. Biddle, Jr. (1918-2002) was a federal government arts administrator and novelist active in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
Livingston L. Biddle was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 1918 to a distinguished and wealthy family. He graduated from Princeton University in 1940. During World War II, Biddle volunteered as an ambulance driver in Africa for the American Field Services.
While working as a special assistant to Rhode Island Democratic Senator Claiborne Pell in the 1960s, Biddle drafted the legislation for the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965, which led to the creation of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) one year later. Biddle served as deputy chairman of the NEA from 1966 to 1967, as congressional liaison director in 1975, and as chairman from 1977 to 1981. In 1976, he served as director of the Congressional Subcommittee on Education, Arts, and Humanities.
Also a writer, Biddle wrote four novels, all set in Philadelphia, including Sam Bentley's Island published in 1961. From 1968 to 1970, he was a professor and chairman of Fordham University's arts division. Biddle also published a non-fiction book about his experiences establishing and working for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) titled Our Government and the Arts: A Perspective from the Inside in 1988.
Biddle married artist Catharina Baart in 1973 after his first wife, Cordelia Frances Fenton, died in 1972. Biddle died in Washington, D.C. in 2002.
Language Note:
The collection is in English
The Livingston L. Biddle, Jr. papers were donated in 2013 by Thomas O'Callaghan, a close friend of Biddle's who inherited the papers.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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