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Livingston L. Biddle, Jr. papers

Creator:
Biddle, Livingston, 1918-2002  Search this
Names:
Bryn Mawr College  Search this
Fordham University  Search this
National Endowment for the Arts  Search this
Alexander, Jane  Search this
Asawa, Ruth  Search this
Biddle, Catharina Baart, 1912-2005  Search this
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-  Search this
Davis, R. A.  Search this
Drexel, Katharine Mary, Saint, 1858-1955  Search this
Edwards, Bob, 1947-  Search this
Glenn, John, 1905-  Search this
Hammer, Armand, 1898-1990  Search this
Hanks, Nancy  Search this
Jessup, Peter, 1958-  Search this
Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-  Search this
Kennedy, Edward Moore, 1932-2009  Search this
King, Susan  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob, 1917-2000  Search this
Maxwell, Barb  Search this
Mondale, Walter F., 1928-  Search this
O'Connor, Sandra Day, 1930-  Search this
Oliphant, Pat, 1935-  Search this
Pell, Claiborne, 1918-2009  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Rosenquist, James, 1933-  Search this
Rostropovich, Mstislav, 1927-2007  Search this
Schieffer, Bob  Search this
Scholder, Fritz, 1937-2005  Search this
Temple, Louann  Search this
Watson, Howard N.  Search this
Extent:
40.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Diaries
Interviews
Manuscripts
Photographs
Sound recordings
Transcripts
Date:
circa 1940-2002
Summary:
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.
Scope and Contents:
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.

Biographical materials consist of awards; diplomas; genealogy records; resumes; and files for Biddle's work at Fordham, his nomination for the National Medal of Arts award, and about his second wife Catharina Baart. Correspondence is with family, friends, and professional and political contacts such as Jane Alexander, President Jimmy Carter, Armand Hammer, Nancy Hanks, Edward Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Sandra Day O'Connor, Claiborne Pell, Robert Rauschenberg, Slava Rostropovich, and others.

Interviews with Biddle include transcripts, four sound recordings, and two video recordings of Biddle with R.A. Davis, Bob Edwards, Peter Jessup, Susan King, Bob Schieffer, and Louann Temple.

Among the writings are journals, articles, poetry, speech notes, manuscript drafts of Our Government and the Arts: A Perspective from the Inside and Sam Bentley's Island, one video recording of "Art/Work/USA" by Barbara Rose, and one sound recording of a film introduction entitled "The Eagle".

Files concerning the establishment and early years of the National Endowment of the Arts consist of correspondence; congressional briefing books, committee files, and reports; financial material; drafts of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965; one sound reel titled "Swearing-In of L.L. Biddle, Jr.," and three video recordings. Additional files concerning Biddle's work for congressional committees and political campaigns include correspondence, meeting agendas and notes, and printed material concerning multiple arts organizations and the political campaigns for Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, and Claiborne Pell. Family and real estate records, a partnership agreement, and will are in personal legal records.

Printed materials include booklets, clippings, event invitations and programs, flyers, magazines and journals, and posters autographed by Jacob Lawrence, Fritz Scholder, and John Glenn. Additionally, one commercial sound cassette recordings of National Public Radio's program Performance Today is also found. Two mixed-media scrapbooks contain memorabilia from Biddle's professional life and international travel.

Photographs are of family, travel, and friends and colleagues at various events. Six video recordings are home movies of Bryn Mawr and documentaries about St. Katherine Drexel. Artwork in the form of pencil and watercolor sketches is by Ruth Asawa Lanier, Barb Maxwell, Pat Oliphant, James Rosenquist, and Howard N. Watson.
Arrangement:
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)
Biographical / Historical:
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.
Provenance:
The Livingston L. Biddle, Jr. papers were donated in 2013 by Thomas O'Callaghan, a close friend of Biddle's who inherited the papers.
Restrictions:
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.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Authors -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Arts administrators -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Political aspects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Diaries
Interviews
Manuscripts
Photographs
Sound recordings
Transcripts
Citation:
Livingston L. Biddle, Jr. papers, circa 1940-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.biddlivi
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-biddlivi

Beethoven, Ludwig v.: Trio No. 6 (The Archduke)/ Trio No. 8in Eb Major [sound recording]

Composer:
Beethoven, Ludwig van 1770-1827  Search this
Performer:
Gilels, Emil  Search this
Rostropovich, Mstislav 1927-2007  Search this
Kogan, Leonid  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Culture:
Russians  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Russia
Soviet Union
Topic:
Music  Search this
Violin  Search this
Piano  Search this
Violoncello  Search this
Local number:
MO-MONT-CD-62010-7
Monitor 62010
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Monitor Records business records 228433
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_351110

Beethoven, Ludwig v.: Trio in B Flat Major, Op. 97 (Archduke)

Composer:
Beethoven, Ludwig van 1770-1827  Search this
Performer:
Gilels, Emil  Search this
Rostropovich, Mstislav 1927-2007  Search this
Kogan, Leonid  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound cassette : analog
Culture:
Russians  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Russia
Soviet Union
Topic:
Music  Search this
Piano  Search this
Violin  Search this
Violoncello  Search this
Local number:
MO-MONT-CT-55010-7
Monitor 55010
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Monitor Records business records 228433
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_351320

Beethoven, Ludwig v.: The Archduke Trio in B Flat Major, Op. 97 [sound recording]

Performer:
Rostropovich, Mstislav 1927-2007  Search this
Gilels, Emil  Search this
Kogan, Leonid  Search this
Composer:
Beethoven, Ludwig van 1770-1827  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Russians  Search this
Soviets  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Russia
Soviet Union
Topic:
Music  Search this
Piano  Search this
Violin  Search this
Violoncello  Search this
Local number:
MO-MONT-LP-02010-7
Monitor 2010
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Monitor Records business records 228433
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_351672

Ropstropovich Plays Dvorak and Saint-Saens [sound recording]

Performer:
Rostropovich, Mstislav 1927-2007  Search this
Composer:
Saint-Saëns, Camille 1835-1921  Search this
Dvorák, Antonín 1841-1904  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Culture:
Russians  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Russia
Soviet Union
Topic:
Music  Search this
Violoncello  Search this
Local number:
MO-MONT-CD-72090-7
Monitor 72090
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Monitor Records business records 228433
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_351108

Rostropovich Plays Schumann and Prokofiev [sound recording]

Performer:
Rostropovich, Mstislav 1927-2007  Search this
Leningradskaia gosudarstvennaia filarmoniia  Search this
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  Search this
Composer:
Prokofiev, Sergey 1891-1953  Search this
Schumann, Robert 1810-1856  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Culture:
Russians  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Russia
Soviet Union
Topic:
Music  Search this
Violoncello  Search this
Local number:
MO-MONT-CD-72040-7
Monitor 72040
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Monitor Records business records 228433
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_351116

Rostropovich Plays His Favorite Encores [sound recording]

Performer:
Rostropovich, Mstislav 1927-2007  Search this
Dediukhin, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich 1907-2002  Search this
Valʹter, Naum  Search this
IAmpolAskii, Vladimir  Search this
Moscow Youth Symphony Orchestra  Search this
Vsesoiuznoe radio. Bolʹshoĭ simfonicheskiĭ orkestr  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Culture:
Russians  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Russia
Soviet Union
Topic:
Music  Search this
Violin  Search this
Local number:
MO-MONT-CD-62119-7
Monitor 62119
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Monitor Records business records 228433
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_351117

Rostropovich Plays Prokofiev and Shostakovich [sound recording]

Performer:
Rostropovich, Mstislav 1927-2007  Search this
Richter, Sviatoslav 1915-1997  Search this
Shostakovich, Dmitrii Dmitrievich 1906-1975  Search this
Composer:
Prokofiev, Sergey 1891-1953  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Culture:
Russians  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Russia
Soviet Union
Topic:
Music  Search this
Violoncello  Search this
Local number:
MO-MONT-CD-62021-7
Monitor 62021
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Monitor Records business records 228433
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_351118

Plays Prokofiev and Shostakovich: Cello Sonatas [sound recording]

Performer:
Richter, Sviatoslav 1915-1997  Search this
Rostropovich, Mstislav 1927-2007  Search this
Shostakovich, Dmitrii Dmitrievich 1906-1975  Search this
Composer:
Prokofiev, Sergey 1891-1953  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Russians  Search this
Soviets  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Russia
Soviet Union
Topic:
Music  Search this
Violoncello  Search this
Local number:
MO-MONT-LP-02021-7
Monitor 2021
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Monitor Records business records 228433
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_351625

Prokofiev, S.: Sinfonia Concertane for Cello and Orchestra; Shostakovich: Concertino for Two Pianos [sound recording]

Performer:
Rostropovich, Mstislav 1927-2007  Search this
Shostakovich, Dmitrii Dmitrievich 1906-1975  Search this
Composer:
Prokofiev, Sergey 1891-1953  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Russians  Search this
Soviets  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Russia
Soviet Union
Topic:
Music  Search this
Violoncello  Search this
Piano  Search this
Local number:
MO-MONT-LP-02040-7
Monitor 2040
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Monitor Records business records 228433
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_351639

Haydn/Brahms Trios [sound recording]

Performer:
Rostropovich, Mstislav 1927-2007  Search this
Gilels, Emil  Search this
Kogan, Leonid  Search this
Composer:
Brahms, Johannes 1833-1897  Search this
Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Russians  Search this
Soviets  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Russia
Soviet Union
Topic:
Music  Search this
Local number:
MO-MONT-LP-02066-7
Monitor 2066
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Monitor Records business records 228433
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_351654

Rostropovich Plays Dvorak and Saint-Seans Cello Concerti [sound recording]

Performer:
Rostropovich, Mstislav 1927-2007  Search this
Vsesoiuznoe radio. Simfonicheskii orkestr  Search this
Composer:
Dvorák, Antonín 1841-1904  Search this
Saint-Saëns, Camille 1835-1921  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Russians  Search this
Soviets  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Russia
Soviet Union
Topic:
Music  Search this
Violoncello  Search this
Local number:
MO-MONT-LP-02090-7
Monitor 2090
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Monitor Records business records 228433
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_351668

Plays Schumann Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129; Miaskovskii, N.: Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano, Op. 81 [sound recording]

Performer:
Rostropovich, Mstislav 1927-2007  Search this
Composer:
Miaskovskii, N. (Nikolai) 1881-1950  Search this
Schumann, Robert 1810-1856  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Russians  Search this
Soviets  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Russia
Soviet Union
Topic:
Music  Search this
Violoncello  Search this
Piano  Search this
Local number:
MO-MONT-LP-02145-7
Monitor 2145
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Monitor Records business records 228433
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_351700

Mihail Chemiakin

Author:
Shemiakin, Mikhail 1943-  Search this
Bosquet, Alain 1919-1997  Search this
Rostropovich, Mstislav 1927-2007  Search this
Eduard Nakhamkin Fine Arts  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. (incl. covers) : chiefly col. ill., port. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1979
[1979?]
20th century
Topic:
Art, Russian  Search this
Call number:
N6999.S495 A4 1979b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_713053

Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya : Russia, music, and liberty / conversations with Claude Samuel ; translated by E. Thomas Glasow

Title:
Russia, music, and liberty
Author:
Rostropovich, Mstislav 1927-2007  Search this
Vishnevskaia, Galina 1926-  Search this
Samuel, Claude  Search this
Subject:
Rostropovich, Mstislav 1927- Interviews  Search this
Vishnevskaia, Galina 1926- Interviews  Search this
Physical description:
223 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1995
C1995
Topic:
Violoncellists--Interviews  Search this
Sopranos (Singers)--Interviews  Search this
Call number:
CT275.R8497 A1 E1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_531473

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