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Christian Petersen creating sculpture

Christian Petersen Digital Collection


Christian Petersen Papers (1922-1967), located in Special Collections, contains biographical materials, correspondence, photographs, sketches, printed materials including exhibit brochures and newspaper clippings, and artifacts. The majority of the correspondence, 1932-1967, is from the 1930s and consists of Petersen's communications with his colleagues, providing an in depth look at the world of artists during the American Great Depression. The largest part of the collection is a series of photographs, organized by subject matter.

The Christian Petersen Digital Collection, 1934-1942, contains images from a number of series in the Christian Petersen papers, including photographs of Petersen in his studio and working with students, drawings and sketches by Petersen that were published in Cha-ki-shi based on the Mesquakie of Iowa, and Hello Beautiful written by Charlotte Petersen for their daughter Mary. Photographs and artifacts also highlight Petersen’s sculptural works that include medals, a plaster study of four running buffalo, the Dairy Science bas relief, and the Marriage Ring.

Only a portion of the Christian Petersen collection housed in the Special Collections Department is represented in the digital collection. Refer to the finding aid for the complete list of Petersen materials available through Special Collections.