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Roy E. Abrahamson papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description


Conference Reports

Henry Schaefer-Simmern Research

Roy E. Abrahamson papers, 1937-2013 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Melanie Bilbrey

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Title: Roy E. Abrahamson papers, 1937-2013Add to your cart.

ID: 3/RG 4/FP 17-34-F2

Primary Creator: Abrahamson, Roy E.

Extent: 2.0 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: This collection is arranged into three series: 1. Writings; 2. Conference Reports; 3. Henry Shaeffer-Simmern Research.

Date Acquired: 05/14/2014

Subjects: Art - Study and teaching, Schaefer-Simmern, Henry, 1896-1978.

Languages: English, German, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Roy E. Abrahamson papers consist of his published and unpublished writing, conference reports, and his research on the German artist Henry Schaefer-Simmern. Abrahamson's writings consist of his dissertation, a book of original cartoons, unpublished poetry, teaching material, and photographs of his exhibit at Southern Illinois University's museum in 2007. Abrahamson has collected conference reports from all over the country as well as Finland. His research on Shaefer-Simmern includes copies of correspondence between the two, conference lectures, Shaefer-Simmern's published work including five books with one personally autographed, and an interview and biography written by Abrahamson.

Biographical Note

Roy E. Abrahamson, Ed.D., taught art education in the School of Art and Design and Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1965-1996.  He graduated with a B.S. in Art Education from the University of Minnesota in 1949, a Master's degree from San Francisco State College in 1952, and earned his doctorate from Teachers College of Columbia University, New York City, in 1965.  While at Minnesota, he took a summer class taught by German art educator Henry Schaefer-Simmern, who had fled Nazi Germany in 1937 after refusing to join the Nazi party.  Abrahamson was inspired by Schaefer-Simmern's teaching philosophy and studied his life and works throughout his career.  He considered Schaefer-Simmern to be his mentor and practiced his teaching method.

Subject/Index Terms

Art - Study and teaching
Schaefer-Simmern, Henry, 1896-1978.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Accession 2014_017, donated by Roy E. Abrahamson

Acquisition Method: Donation/gift.

Preferred Citation: [Items], Roy E Abrahamson papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Processing Information: Processed by Melanie Bilbrey in October of 2014.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Writings, 1941-1994],
[Series 2: Conference Reports, 1983-1995],
[Series 3: Henry Schaefer-Simmern Research, 1937-2013],

Series 3: Henry Schaefer-Simmern Research, 1937-2013Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Conference Reports on Henry Schaefer-Simmern, 1986-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Henry Schaefer-Simmern Biography and Interview, 1977-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence: Henry Schaefer-Simmern and Roy E. Abrahamson, 1951-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Letters and Conversations with Henry Schaefer-Simmern, 1954-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Reports on Theory of Henry Shaefer-Simmern, 1963-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Henry Schaefer-Simmern's Writings, 1937-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Miscellaneous About Henry Schaefer-Simmern, 1952-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Consciousness of Artistic FormAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Research on Henry Schaefer-Simmern, 1948-2013Add to your cart.
Item 1: Book: His Figure and His Ground: An Art Educational Biography of Henry Schaefer-Simmern, Berta's Disseration, 1994 JulyAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Book: Consciousness of Artistic Form, by Henry Schaefer-Simmern, 2003Add to your cart.
Edited by Gertrude Schaefer-Simmern, Assistant to the Editor: Roy E. Abrahamson
Item 3: Book: Sculpture in Europe Today, by Henry Schaefer-Simmern, 1955Add to your cart.
Item 4: Book: The Unfolding of Artistic Activity, by Henry Schaefer-SimmernAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Book: Eskimo-Plastik, by Henry Schaefer-SimmernAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Book: On Judging Works of Visual Art, by Conrad FielderAdd to your cart.
Translated by Henry Shaefer-Simmern with an introduction by Shaefer-Simmern.

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