Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Erik M. Lauritzen Photographs
Collection number: MS 23
Lauritzen, Erik M.
119 boxes, 1 oversize folder
University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library.
Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This collection contains negatives, photographs and digital prints by the American photographer Erik M. Lauritzen, as well
as posters, exhibit announcements, reviews, correspondence, writings by and about him, artwork and ephemera.
Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the collection.
Languages represented in the collection:
The collection is open research.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections & Archives.
Erik M. Lauritzen Photographs. MS 23. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa
Gift of Erik M. Lauritzen.
Erik M. Lauritzen was born in Illinois in 1953. After moving to California, he studied art, graduating from San Francisco
Art Institute with a B.F.A. in 1977, and from California State University, Northridge, with an M.F.A. in 1980. He exhibited
his work consistently from the mid-1970s in galleries throughout California and in Nevada, as well as in many cities across
the continent. Besides his works at the University of California, Santa Cruz, there are also works in many collections throughout
the United States, including at the Kresge Art Museum in Lansing, Michigan, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the
Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Johnson Museum in Ithaca, New
Mr. Lauritzen was a curator for the Red Mountain Gallery at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada, where as a
faculty member he founded the photography and digital program, as well as two galleries that he curated for a decade. He
also curated exhibits for the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, Friends of Photography, and the Nevada Historical
Society. He wrote articles, served as a Master Course Instructor for the Maine Photographic Workshops, and as a juror for
numerous photographic exhibitions nationally.
Erik M. Lauritzen died August 9, 2007, in Reno, Nevada.
Scope and Content of Collection
This collection contains negatives and proof prints, gelatin silver prints and later digital prints by Erik M. Laurtizen,
documenting his over thirty years as a photographer. Also included are correspondence, artwork, writings by and about Lauritzen,
posters, exhibit announcements, reviews, and ephemera related to his professional career.
The biographical material and correspondence has been arranged chronologically whenever possible. Teaching and professional
related material has been sorted by content. The negatives retain EML's original organization, while the photographs have
been sorted primarily by size and format.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Lauritzen, Erik M., 1953-
MS 123, Erik M. Lauritzen Photograph Collection
The books from Mr. Lauritzen's collection have been removed and cataloged separately.