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Robert Olsen papers

Call Number: WA MSS S-3230

Scope and Contents

The Robert Olsen Papers, which span from 1995 to 2014, contain sketchbooks, notebooks, ephemera, and artwork documenting Olsen's artistic practice.


  • circa 1995-2014


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Robert Olsen Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

January 2017 acquisition: Gift of Robert Olsen, Sr., 2017.

January 2017 acquisition: Gift of Robert Olsen, Sr. and Katie Michel, 2017.

2018 acquisition: Purchased from PH Gallery Holdings, LLC on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana Fund, 2018.


Organized into three groupings: I. January 2017 acquisition, 1995-2014. II. January 2017 acquisition, 2009, undated. III. September 2018 acquisition, 2013-2014.


12.75 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The Robert Olsen Papers contain sketchbooks, notebooks, ephemera, and artwork documenting Olsen's artistic practice.

Robert Olsen

Robert Olsen, an artist known for his paintings and drawings of Los Angeles, was born in Turlock, California in 1969. After receiving a BFA from California College of Arts and Craft and an MFA from University of California, Los Angeles, Olsen settled in Los Angeles, California. From 2000 until his death in 2014, Olsen exhibited his artwork in galleries in the United States and internationally.

Custodial History

The Robert Olsen Papers contains material donated by Olsen's parents, Sandy Olsen and Robert Olsen, Sr.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Robert Olsen Papers
by Rosemary K. J. Davis
April 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-03-07: Updated by Rosemary K. J. Davis in order to add recent acquisitions.

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