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Guide to the Erik M. Lauritzen Photograph Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Erik M. Lauritzen photograph collection
    Dates: 1932-2005
    Collection number: MS 123
    Creator: Lauritzen, Erik M.
    Collection Size: 8 flats
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: This collection consists of photographs by other photographers given to or acquired by Erik M. Lauritzen.
    Physical location: Stored at Special Collections: Advance notice is required for access.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Rights are retained by the creators of the photographs and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections & Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Erik M. Lauritzen Photograph Collection. MS 123. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    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 own work consistently from the mid-1970s in galleries throughout California and in Nevada, as well as in many cities across the continent. Besides his archive at the University of California, Santa Cruz (MS 23), 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 York.
    Mr. Lauritzen was a curator for the Red Mountain Gallery at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada, where 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. Nearly all of the photographs in this collection are from people he knew personally as friends and acquaintances in the field of photography.
    Erik M. Lauritzen died August 9, 2007, in Reno, Nevada.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains 90 photographs by 37 known and several anonymous photographers. They range in age from a 1932 print by Edward Weston to several images taken in 2003. Virtually all are original prints except for a couple of reproduction prints.

    Indexing Terms

    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-
    Photography, Artistic

    Related Material

    MS 23, Erik M. Lauritzen Photographs