Anni Albers papers, 1924-1969

A Finding Aid to the Anni Albers Papers, 1924-1969, in the Archives of American Art, by Barbara Aikens

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Biographical Information

Anni Albers (1899-1994) was a textile designer, weaver, writer, and printmaker who worked in Connecticut and at the Black Mountain College in North Carolina.

Anni Albers was born in Germany in 1899 and attended the Bauhaus where she met her husband designer Josef Albers in 1922; they married in 1925. At the Bauhaus. she experimented with new materials for weaving and executed richly colored designs on paper for wall hangings and textiles in silk, cotton, and linen yarns.

When the Bauhaus moved to Dessau, the Albers lived alongside the families of artist teachers Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Oscar Schlemmer, and others in one of the masters' houses designed by Gropius. In 1933, the Albers emigrated to the U.S. to work at the experimental Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Both taught at Black Mountain until 1949. During these years Anni Albers' weavings were shown throughout the US and she published many articles on textiles and design, culminating in a 1949 show at the Museum of Modern Art, the first of its kind for a textile artist.

In 1950, Josef accepted the position of chair of the design department at Yale and the Albers moved to Connecticut. During the 1950s and 1960s, Anni worked productively from a home studio, producing fabric patterns, creating "pictorial" weavings, and writing articles and books about weaving, including On Designing in 1952 and On Weaving in 1965. During the 1960s she also started printmaking and devoted much of her later career to this artform.

Anni Albers died in Connecticut in 1994.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of artist and weaver Annie Alber measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1924-1969. They consist primarily of printed materials about Alber's exhibitions, Bauhaus training, and Black Mountain weaving classes.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as one series:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:

Subjects:

  • Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)
  • Bauhaus

Subjects-Topical:

  • Weaving, History
  • Art--Study and teaching
  • Art teachers
  • Weavers
  • Women artists

Provenance

Anni Albers donated the papers in 1969.

Separated and Related Materials

Also found among the holdings of the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Anni Albers by Sevim Fesci on July 5, 1968.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was processed in 2011.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Anni Albers papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Available Formats

Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels N69-140 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan.

How to Cite this Collection

Anni Albers papers, 1924-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Printed Material, 1929-1969
(Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Box Folder
1 1 Reviews and Articles, 1950-1965
1 2 Magazines, 1969
1 3 Clipping and Monograph, 1957, 1960
1 4 Magazine and Magazine Clippings, 1960-1965
1 5 Clippings, 1949-1968
1 6 Magazine and Announcements, 1957-1967
1 7 Catalogs, 1956-1969
1 8 Biographical, 1954-1963
1 9 Photocopies of Letters, 1961-1968
1 10 Bibliography, circa 1969
1 11 Abschrift, 1928
1 12-13 Printed Articles by Albers, 1924-1950
(2 folders)