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Kenneth Madsen collection on Arnold Friberg

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8183

Scope and Contents

Contains materials related to the work of Arnold Friberg. Includes numerous catalogs and pamphlets for ordering Friberg's prints, newspaper articles about Friberg, and some personal papers. Also includes a program from the funeral service of his wife Hedve, a clipping from the Engisn magazine on Friberg, and order forms from Friberg Fine Prints. Other materials include programs from services and ceremonies honoring Friberg. Dated 1973-1994.


  • 1973-1994


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Kenneth Madsen collection on Arnold Friberg must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Arnold Friberg (1913-2010) was a famous Mormon artist.

Arnold Friberg was born December 21, 1913 in Illinois to Sven Friberg and Ingeborg Solberg Friberg. He moved with his family to Arizona when he was three years old, where his family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He began as a painting apprentice at the age of 13. After high school, Friberg attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, after which he moved to New York, where he studied at the Grand Central School of Art and worked for advertising agencies and painted covers for The Saturday Evening Post and other magazines. He was drafted into the Army during World War II and was asked to work as an artist with the rank of captain. Instead he chose to go into the infantry as an enlisted man. He served in Europe and in the Pacific. He married Hedve Mae Baxter, who died in 1986, and then remarried Heidi Miller Grosskopf in 1989. He had four children (two of which were step-children.)

From early in his career, Friberg was a well-known artist. He received commissions from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to paint images for them, as well as receiving a commission from Cecil B. DeMille to paint advertising images for The Ten Commandments. He is well known among the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for painting scenes from the Book of Mormon. His most famous painting is entitled "Prayer at Valley Forge," and depicts George Washington kneeling in prayer.

Friberg died on July 1, 2010 from complications after hip replacement surgery.

Biographical History

Kenneth Cleon Madsen (1927-2002) was an artist and art instructor in Utah.

Kenneth Cleon Madsen was born October 31, 1927 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1952. On May 27, 1946 he married Ruth Woolf in the Salt Lake Temple, and together they raised five children. Madsen became a well-known Utah artist, and was admired for his many accomplishments. He worked for Famous Artist Schools, the International Exchange School, and the Queen Mary Art College in London, England. In addition to his art career he also served as director of the National Independence Day Festival and Parade.

He died on December 25, 2002.


3 folders (0.3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in original order.

Custodial History

Found in the 20th century workroom in 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found; 20th Century Workroom; 2013.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007.)

Contains materials related to an LDS artist.

Processing Information

Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013.

Register of the Kenneth Madsen collection on Arnold Friberg
In Progress
Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscripts processor, and John M. Murphy, curator.
2013 April 12
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States