Erwin Panofsky papers, 1904-1990, bulk, 1920-1968

Panofsky, Erwin, b. 1892 d. 1968
Art historian
Active in Princeton, N.J.

Collection size: 19.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of Erwin Panofsky measure 19.3 linear feet and are dated 1904-1990, bulk dates 1920-1968. They consist of correspondence, writings, biographical material, and printed material documenting Panofsky's career as an art historian, teacher, and writer.

Biographical/Historical Note: Erwin Panofsky (1892-1990) was an Art historian in Princeton, N.J. Panofsky was born in Germany. Came to the U.S. in 1933 after he was dismissed by the Nazis from his post at the University of Hamburg. He became professor for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.

The bulk of the material was donated in 1979 and 1990 by Gerda Soergel Panofsky, widow of Panofsky. Additional bound lecture volumes donated in 2010 by Barnet Kottler, who purchased them at auction.

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Among the Archives' holdings is a collection of letters from Erwin Panofsky to art historians Wolfgang Stechow (1930-1931) and Lili Fr├×ohlich-Bum (1931), and to Brooklyn Museum art librarian William B. Walker (1960) which is available on 35-mm microfilm reel 5136, frames 812-824. The letters to Stechow were written as he was preparing a review of Panofsky's book, Hercules am Scheidewege und andere antike Bildstoffe inder neueren Kunst, and provide additional information not found in the book itself. The letter to Mr. Walker is in English, and the remainder are in German. The originals are still in the possession of Irving Lavin, who found them in Stechow's copy of Hercules am Scheidewege given him by Mrs. Stechow.