Ernst Scheyer papers, 1924-1972

Scheyer, Ernst, b. 1900 d. 1985
Art historian
Active in Detroit, Mich.

Collection size: 244 items (on 2 partial microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence; lecture notes; photographs; clippings; and biographical material.

REEL 496: Correspondence, mostly 1949-1962, including letters from Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Frank Lloyd Wright, Thomas Mann, Erika Mann, Zoltan Sepeshy, Julia Feininger, T. Lux Feininger, E.P. Richardson, Mrs. Albert Einstein, Fred Werner, major German museums, and others; lecture notes from Scheyer's art history classes; poetry translated from Dutch to English; photographs; clippings; and biographical material.

REEL 3471: Letters from family and friends of Lyonel Feininger for a biography of him by Scheyer. Correspondents include Julia Feininger, T. Lux Feininger, H. Francis Kortheuer, Maria and Alfred Churchill, Dayrell Kortheuer, and others. Also included is a letter from Scheyer to the Smithsonian Institution discussing his collection of works by the "Blue Four," and asking to exhibit and lecture on the group at the Smithsonian.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art historian; Detroit, Mich. Wrote extensively on his friend and artist, Lyonel Feininger. Was a proponent of the art of the German Expressionist and abstract art group, the Blue Four (Blaue Vier), whose members were Wassily Kandinsky, Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee, and Alexei Jawlensky. Married to Galka Scheyer.

Material on reel 496 lent for microfilming 1973 by Ernst Scheyer. Material on reel 3471 except letter to the Smithsonian, donated by Scheyer, 1965. Letter to Smithsonian on reel 3471 transferred to AAA from NMAA, 1981.

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