These papers consist of notes, lectures, articles, and other sources Elsen compiled for the art history courses he taught
at Stanford; course readers; drafts of his published works; transcripts of interviews he did with Bruce Beaseley, Kristina
Branch, John Davis, Louis Finkelstein, Leon Golub, Sue Gussow, Dimitri Hadzi, James Rosati, Miriam Schapiro, and Kenneth Snelson;
subject files on individual artists; and other miscellaneous files.
Albert Elsen, scholar of modern sculpture who specialized in Rodin, was professor of art at Stanford University from 1968
until his death in 1995. He was a pivotal figure in Stanford's acquisition of outdoor sculpture and served as the curator
of the Rodin collection. He was educated at Columbia and taught at Carleton College and Indiana University before coming to
Stanford. His published works include
Purposes of Art;
Law, Ethics, and the Visual Arts (with John Henry Merryman);
Origins of Modern Sculpture: Pioneers and Premises; and
Modern European Sculpture 1918-1945.
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