Susan Lautmann Hertel Papers
Scope and Contents of the Collection
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. The following poems are included in the 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…)."
- 1974-1987 and undated
- Hertel, Susan, 1930-1993 (Person)
Language of Material
Languages represented in the collection: English.
Collection open for research.
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Biography / Administrative History
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. During her time at Scripps College, Hertel began a decades-long relationship with Millard Sheets, first as his student and then as his artistic assistant, collaborating on numerous murals and projects with the artist. Hertel lived on ranches throughout her life, first in California before moving to New Mexico in 1980. Living with and raising horses, goats, chickens, cats, and dogs, Hertel’s life-long fondness for animals and nature informed her work, where she sought to capture “that moment when what’s everyday is seen as magical.” 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.
3.5 Linear Feet (1 half-size document box, 2 oversized folders)
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.
Organization and 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.
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No additions to the collection are anticipated.
Processed by Vivi Kraus, October 2021; Finding aid written by Helen Anderson, November 2021.
- Susan Lautmann Hertel Papers
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