Adolf Dehn papers, 1912-1987

Dehn, Adolf Arthur, b. 1895 d. 1968
Painter, Printmaker
Active in New York, N.Y.

Dehn, Virginia Engleman, b. 1922 d. 2005
Active in New York,N.Y.

Collection size: 6.6 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of printmaker and painter Adolf Dehn measure 6.6 linear feet and date from 1912-1987. The collection contains extensive correspondence, as well as writings, exhibition announcements, catalogs, clippings, invoices, receipts, legal documents, scrapbooks, artwork, and photographs. There is also scattered correspondence of Virginia Dehn, mostly concerning her husband Adolf Dehn.

Biographical/Historical Note: Adolf Dehn (1895-1968) was a painter and printmaker, in New York, N.Y. Married Russian dancer Mura, in 1929, and Virginia, an artist, in 1947.

The Adolf Dehn papers were donated in several installments from 1966 to 1985 by Adolf Dehn and his wife Virginia. Dehn's sisters, Viola Dehn Tiala and Olivia Dehn Mitchell, separately donated additional materials in 1971 and 1972 respectively. Finally in 1989, Lillian Morrison, a friend and editor, donated a published book of Mura Dehn's poetry and a four page draft of a letter signed by Adolf Dehn.

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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Printed materials, including exhibition announcements, catalogs, magazines, and newspaper and magazine clippings, were filmed on reel 287 and transferred to the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library in 1972. Additionally, Olivia Dehn Mitchell, Dehn's sister, loaned the Archives of American Art approximately 750 letters from Adolf Dehn to various family members, for microfilming. The original letters were returned; they may be viewed on reels 2938-2939, but have not been described in the container listing of this finding aid.