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Lester D. Longman Papers

Identifier: RG99.0031

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Scope and Contents

The Lester D. Longman papers include his correspondence, articles, and newspaper clippings.


  • Creation: 1932 - 1955


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Lester Duncan Longman was born August 27, 1905 in Harrison, Ohio. Longman earned his A.B. degree at Oberlin College in 1927, graduating magna cum laude, and his M.A. there the following year. He took his M.F.A. at Princeton in 1930, and his Ph.D. there in 1934. He was on scholarship or fellowship steadily from 1927 to 1932, and a Fulbright Fellowship took him to Italy in 1952. Longman was a lecturer at Ohio State and Columbia universities in 1930, and was assistant professor of art history at McMaster University, 1933-1936.

In June 1936, Longman joined the faculty at the University of Iowa as head of the Department of Graphic and Plastic Arts, and also served as professor of History and Appreciation of Fine Arts. In September 1958 he joined the faculty at the University of California at Los Angeles as chairman in the Department of Art. He was involved in founding the College of Fine Arts at UCLA in 1961 and also introduced the master of fine arts degree. Lester Longman was married to Florence Lydia Brown; following her death, he married Helen Carroll. Mr. Longman retired in 1973 and died January 27, 1987.


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Language of Materials



Professor and head of Art Department, 1936-1958. Correspondence, articles, clippings.

Method of Acquisition

These materials were donated to the University Archives by his son, Stanley Longman, in April 1987. Finding aid created by Denise Anderson, October 2007.

Related Materials

Folder, "Longman, Lester D. ," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.003)

Records of the School of Art and Art History (RG06.0007.001)

Papers of Grant Wood (RG99.0033)

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242