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Susan Lautmann Hertel Papers

 Collection
Identifier: D-Mss-XXXX

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Scope and Contents

The Susan Lautmann Hertel Collection contains illustrated poems, preliminary sketches, photographs and posters of oil paintings, and other materials by and relating to the artist Susan Lautmann Hertel (1930-1998), Scripps College class of 1952. Of note are her poems, most of which reference the animals she kept and her life on the ranch. Hertel illustrated these poems and addressed most of them as holiday/New Year’s cards from herself and her family.

Dates

  • 1974-1994, n.d.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Contact library for permission to use.

Biographical / Historical

Susan Lautmann Hertel (1930-1993) spent her early life in Illinois, outside of Chicago, before moving to Southern California and earning her B.A. in art from Scripps College in 1952. It was at Scripps that Hertel began a decades-long relationship with Millard Sheets, first as his student and then as his artistic assistant, with whom she collaborated on numerous murals and other projects. Hertel’s life-long fondness for animals and nature informed her work, in which she sought to capture “that moment when what’s everyday is seen as magical.” Living on ranches -- first in California before moving to New Mexico in 1980 -- with horses, goats, chickens, cats, and dogs, Hertel’s everyday life certainly contained many animals. Despite being known primarily for her paintings, Hertel was also quite skilled in verse, penning an annual poem which she would send out as a holiday card accompanied by charming illustrations of her animals.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet (1 half-size document box, 2 oversized folders)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The Susan Lautmann Hertel Collection includes illustrated poems, preliminary sketches, photographs and posters of oil paintings, and other materials by and relating to the artist Susan Lautmann Hertel (1930-1998), Scripps College class of 1952.

Arrangement

The Papers are organized into one half-size document box, and two oversize folders. The document box contains poems, artwork, and articles organized alphabetically. The folders hold illustrated poems and posters that are too large to fit in the document box.

Physical Location

Please consult repository.

Accruals

No additions to the collection are anticipated.

Poems Included In Collection

Anatomy, Geography, Reflections,

The Bodies of the Animals,

Dawn/Noon/Night,

Desert Angels,

The Dogs Bark Like Angels,

A Feeling in the Bones,

Glimmerings,

Grid,

Hide and Seek, Lost and Found,

Horse and Rider-Both,

In the Hills: Three Poems,

It Seems To Me,

Look Out Above,

The Lord is My Shepherd and I Am His,

A Lot of Weather Passing Through,

Maka (In Praise of Mothers),

Mandala,

Menage,

Morning, Changing,

Morning/Evening/Swinging,

Prayer for Small Hope,

Reflections,

Signs,

These Days,

“What’s Happening, How Are You Feeling?” -- A Partial Answer,

Winter Moon,

Yang/Yin,

Untitled (The two white doves…),

Untitled (These days as I move…),

Untitled (This day blazes…)

Processing Information

Processed by Vivi Kraus October 2021; Finding aid written by Helen Anderson November 2021
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the 02 - Ella Strong Denison Library Repository

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