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  • Access Restrictions
  • Use Restrictions
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Separated material
  • Processing Information
  • Related Material

  • Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Erik M. Lauritzen Photographs
    Creator: Lauritzen, Erik M. (Erik Middleton), 1953-2007
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.023
    Physical Description: 210 Linear Feet 120 boxes, 30 framed prints
    Physical Description: 13.42 GB 170 digital files
    Date (inclusive): 1958-2007
    Date (bulk): 1972-2007
    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: The collection is stored at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Stop the Car, Dad! series is stored on site in Special Collections.
    Language of Material: English

    Access Restrictions

    Collection open for research. Digital files are available in the UCSC Special Collections and Archives reading room. Some files may require reformatting before they can be accessed. Technical limitations may hinder the Library's ability to provide access to some digital files. Access to digital files on original carriers is prohibited; users must request to view access copies. Contact Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access to digital files.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright for this collection resides with the Regents of the University of California. 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. UCSC Special Collections and Archives can grant permission to publish materials to which it holds the copyright.

    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 EML's original organization, while the photographs have been sorted primarily by size and format.

    Separated material

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

    Processing Information

    The collection was processed in 2005 by Mathew E. Simpson. The digital portion of the collection was processed in 2021 by Kate Dundon. Box 99, which formerly held digital media carriers, was removed from the collection.

    Related Material

    MS 123, Erik M. Lauritzen Photograph Collection

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Photography -- Digital techniques
    Photography, Artistic
    Lauritzen, Erik M. (Erik Middleton), 1953-2007