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titleMarion J Nelson Papers, 1960-2000.
repositoryThe Winterthur Library
descriptionThe collection includes Dr. Nelson’s notes and photographs from his years of research and exhibition curatorship.

There is an emphasis on potteries located in the Midwest. Also included are Dr. Nelson’s correspondence with collectors and scholars, including Paul Evans, whose papers are at Winterthur (Col. 598), and newsletters from collectors’ groups, including the Ceramic Arts Studio Collectors, the Red Wing Collector’s Society, and the Haeger Pottery Collectors Association. Many of the photos and slides are identified, but unfortunately, there are a number which are not.

Most of the papers and photographs are in good condition.

The papers are divided into five series: I. Notes and photos about individual potteries; II. Dr. Nelson’s writings; III. Correspondence; IV. Other files; and V. Note cards, photographs and negatives.

Biography or history
Marion John Nelson was an art history professor and a collector of art pottery. He received his degrees from the University of Minnesota, where he also taught. Dr. Nelson’s chief interests were Scandinavian art, the arts and crafts of Scandinavian immigrants in the United States, and American art pottery. He wrote or contributed to more than a dozen books, and was curator of more than fifty art and pottery exhibits. Books which he edited or wrote include Norwegian Folk Art: The Migration of a Tradition; Art Pottery of the Midwest; and Norwegian-American Wood Carving of the Upper Midwest. Dr. Nelson was made a knight in the Royal Order of St. Olaf, an honor conferred by King Olav V of Norway. He served as director of Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. Dr. Nelson’s wife Lila joined him in collecting art pottery and worked with him in researching potteries in Ohio. Dr. Nelson died in September 2000.

Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera, Winterthur, DE 19735.

Call Number
Col. 708
extent6 cu. ft. : ill.
formatsNotes Photographs Correspondence Printed Materials
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titleMarion John Nelson Papers, 1974-1988
repositoryUniversity of Minnesota
descriptionTitle: Marion John Nelson papers
Dates: 1974-1988
Creator: Nelson, Marion J.
Extent: 1 box (1.0 cubic foot)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: uarc 1096
The collection contains course materials, research materials, and publications from Dr. Marion John Nelson, professor emeritus of art history at the University of Minnesota.

The collection contains course materials, research materials, and publications from Dr. Marion John Nelson. Included are his class notes, seminar papers, manuscripts for publications, correspondence, and conference materials.

extent1 box (1.0 cubic feet)
accessitems in the collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only
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