Scope and Content of Collection
University of California, Santa Cruz
Title: Erik M. Lauritzen Photographs
Lauritzen, Erik M. (Erik Middleton),
Identifier/Call Number: MS.023
210 Linear Feet
120 boxes, 30 framed prints
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
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:
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
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
Erik M. Lauritzen Photographs. MS 23. Special Collections and Archives, University Library,
University of California, Santa Cruz.
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.
The books from Mr. Lauritzen's collection have been cataloged separately.
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.
MS 123, Erik M. Lauritzen Photograph Collection
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Photography -- Digital techniques
Lauritzen, Erik M. (Erik Middleton), 1953-2007