Scope and Content
Title: Albert Edward Elsen papers
Identifier/Call Number: SC0569
Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Language of Material:
12.5 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1965-1993
Elsen, Albert Edward, 1927-
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.
[Identification of item], Albert Edward Elsen Papers, SC 569, Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.
Administrative transfer from the Cantor Center for Visual Arts, 1999.
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
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Beasley, Bruce,, 1939-
Golub, Leon,, 1922-2004.
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.