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Edgar A. Albin Papers

Identifier: MC 623

Scope and Content Note

The papers include correspondence, Albin's newspaper column and some drafts for the column, other newspaper articles by Albin, materials concerning his Fulbright tour in India, and photographs.


  • Creation: 1921-1986


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

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Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Edgar A. Albin was professor of Art at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, from 1947 to 1962. Born December 17, 1908 at Columbus, Kansas, he attended the University of Tulsa, receiving a BA in Art and Education in 1936 and then an MA from the State University of Iowa in Art History and Painting in 1946.

From 1931 to 1939, Albin taught in the Tulsa Public School System, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Later, he was instructor and Associate Professor of Art from 1939 to 1947 at the University of Tulsa, where he created the Art History program. From 1947 to 1962, Albin was Professor of Art at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and chairman of the Humanities program from 1958 to 1962. He taught the history of art, integrated general education courses, and art criticism in addition to setting up and supervising the art slide and film library. Albin joined the faculty of Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, in 1962 and served as chairman of the Art Department until his retirement in 1974.

In addition to his academic work, Edgar A. Albin wrote a weekly arts column from 1965 to 1986 for the Springfield Leader and Press. He also wrote numerous letters to the editor from 1972 to 1983, some of which he signed in his own name others with the pseudonym, "Ezra Kornscrabble". He also lectured at various universities, institutions, and conventions.

Awarded a research grant for 1954 to 1955 under the Fulbright-Hayes Act, Albin, accompanied by his family, traveled throughout India visiting historic art and architectural monuments and interviewing contemporary artists. He was chosen by the State Department to assist in conducting a seminar on American institutions and culture in Bangalore, India, in May, 1955. Other awards include the Drury College Excellence Award (1979) and the Missouri Arts Award (1987).


7 Linear Feet (17 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Material is arranged by format and described in five series:

  1. Series 1. Correspondence
  2. Series 1. Subseries 1. General correspondence
  3. Series 1. Subseries 2. Letters to the editor
  4. Series 2. Newspaper Column
  5. Series 3. Articles and Related Materials
  6. Series 3. Subseries 1. Articles
  7. Series 3. Subseries 2. University-related articles
  8. Series 3. Subseries 3. Lectures and related materials
  9. Series 4. India and other papers
  10. Series 5. Photographs

Acquisition Information

The Edgar A. Albin Papers was donated to the Special Collections Department by Edgar A. Albin of Springfield, Missouri on December 11, 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Norma Ortiz-Karp, May 1989.

Edgar A. Albin Papers, 1921-1986
Norma Ortiz-Karp
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
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Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
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