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Series 1
Correspondence, 1946-2009
Boxes 1 - 9

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of Biggers' personal and professional correspondence with friends, colleagues, and former students from 1946-2009. Primarily, the correspondence from 1946-1948 consists of letters from the military on allowances, pensions, and educational reimbursement. Of note is correspondence to and from Viktor Lowenfeld, an Austrian artist who mentored Biggers at the Hampton Institute in Virginia and later at Pennsylvania State University. There is a large amount of administrative correspondence from the 1960s and 1970s relating to Biggers' position as founder and head of the Art Department at Texas Southern University. These letters document topics including curriculum issues, conferences, and art exhibitions around the university. Also included throughout the series is a significant amount of material relating to Biggers' status as a "distinguished alumnus" of The Pennsylvania State University. There is also a large amount of correspondence with Olive Jensen Theisen from the 1990s, an Art Education professor and a friend of Biggers who published multiple books on his murals and drawings. There are also a number of condolence cards and letters sent to Hazel Biggers after John's death in 2001.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in chronological order.

Scope and Content Note The series consists of Biggers' personal and professional correspondence with friends, colleagues, and former students from 1946-2009. Primarily, the correspondence from 1946-1948 consists of letters from the military on allowances, pensions, and educational reimbursement. Of note is correspondence to and from Viktor Lowenfeld, an Austrian artist who mentored Biggers at the Hampton Institute in Virginia and later at Pennsylvania State University. There is a large amount of administrative correspondence from the 1960s and 1970s relating to Biggers' position as founder and head of the Art Department at Texas Southern University. These letters document topics including curriculum issues, conferences, and art exhibitions around the university. Also included throughout the series is a significant amount of material relating to Biggers' status as a "distinguished alumnus" of The Pennsylvania State University. There is also a large amount of correspondence with Olive Jensen Theisen from the 1990s, an Art Education professor and a friend of Biggers who published multiple books on his murals and drawings. There are also a number of condolence cards and letters sent to Hazel Biggers after John's death in 2001.
Box Folder Content
1 1 1946-1947
1 2 1948
1 3 1949
1 4 1950-1956
1 5 1957-1959
1 6 1960-1961
1 7 1962-1963
1 8 1964-1967
1 9 1968-1975
2 1 1976-1977
2 2 1978-1979
2 3 1980
2 4 1981 January-June
2 5 1981 July-December
2 6 1982
2 7 1983
3 1 1984
3 2 1985
3 3 1986
3 4 1987 January-May
3 5 1987 June-December
3 6 1988 January-June
4 1 1988 July-December
4 2 1989 January-May
4 3 1989 June-December
4 4 1990 January-June
4 5 1990 July-December
4 6 1991 January-April
5 1 1991 May-July
5 2 1991 August-December
5 3 1992 January-June
5 4 1992 July-December
5 5 1993
5 6 1994 January-May
5 7 1994 June-August
6 1 1994 September-December
6 2 1995 January-March
6 3 1995 April
6 4 1995 May
6 5 1995 June-July
7 1 1995 August-October
7 2 1995 November-December
7 3 1996 January-April
7 4 1996 May-August
7 5 1996 September-December
7 6 1997 January-July
8 1 1997 August-December
8 2 1998 January-February
8 3 1998 March-April
8 4 1998 May-October
8 5 1998 November-December
8 6 1999 January-August
8 7 1999 September-October
8 8 1999 November-December
9 1 2000
9 2 2001 January-February
9 3 2001 March-December
9 4 2002-2009
9 5 undated [1 of 2]
9 6 undated [2 of 2]
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