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Erik M. Lauritzen Photographs, 1958-2012
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material
  • Separated material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Erik M. Lauritzen Photographs
    Dates: 1958-2012
    Collection number: MS 23
    Creator: Lauritzen, Erik M.
    Collection Size: 120 boxes

    1 oversize folder
    Repository: 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 offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the collection.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information


    The collection is open research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information on copyright or to order a reproduction, please visit Special Collections and Archives Duplication & Reproduction Policy. 

    Preferred Citation

    Erik M. Lauritzen Photographs. MS 23. 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 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 York.
    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 Lauritzen's original organization, while the photographs have been sorted primarily by size and format.

    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
    Photography--Digital techniques

    Related Material

    MS 123, Erik M. Lauritzen Photograph Collection - This collection contains 90 photographs by 37 known and several anonymous photographers either given to or acquired by Erik M. Lauritzen.

    Separated material

    The books from Mr. Lauritzen's collection have been removed and cataloged separately.