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Inventory of the Dan Wiesendanger Diaries
Coll2008-014  
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Description
Diaries kept by artist Dan Wiesendanger (1915-1996) from 1976 until mid-1995, documenting the events in his life, his friends, and family, including reminiscences of his earlier life. A separate series of diaries documents Wiesendanger's work as an artist and his activities within the artists' communities of Los Angeles and Pasadena.
Background
Dan Wiesendanger was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 5, 1915. He served in the U.S. Army from June 1941 until December 1945, for the majority of the time as non-commissioned officer in charge of Special Services Section, Athletics and Entertainment, in the headquarters offices of various regiments, divisions, and corps. He later settled in Los Angeles, where for many years he lived with his roommate Clint at 3279 Descanso Drive. He was a modernist painter, working in a variety of media. He is credited with developing geometric abstraction in the late 1960s. He was also a songwriter and member of ASCAP. He died in a Los Angeles nursing home on July 14, 1996, of prostate cancer.
Extent
4 archive cartons. 1.7 linear feet.
Restrictions
Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).
Availability
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.