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  • Title: Albert Edward Elsen papers
    Identifier/Call Number: SC0569
    Contributing Institution: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 12.5 Linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1965-1993
    creator: Elsen, Albert Edward, 1927-
    creator: Elsen, Albert Edward,, 1927-

    Scope and Content

    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.
    The course materials were originally kept in 3 ring binders of varying sizes, with some items folded and/or inserted loose into the divisions. The materials have been removed from the binders and foldered according to the division titles; the course title is entered on the folder as the series.


    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.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], Albert Edward Elsen Papers, SC 569, Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.


    Administrative transfer from the Cantor Center for Visual Arts, 1999.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.

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    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Beasley, Bruce,, 1939-
    Branch, Kristina.
    Davis, John.
    Finkelstein, Louis.
    Golub, Leon,, 1922-2004.
    Gussow, Sue.
    Hadzi, Dimitri,, 1921-2006.
    Rosati, James,, 1912-1988.
    Schapiro, Miriam,, 1923-
    Snelson, Kenneth,, 1927-
    Stanford University. Dept. of Art. -- General subdivision--Faculty.;
    Stanford University. -- General subdivision--Curricula.;
    Art--Study and teaching.
    Artists--Interviews.--United States