Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold, b. 1880 d. 1958
Art historian, Museum director, Author
Active in New York, N.Y.; Detroit, Mich.; Raleigh, N.C.
Collection size: 6.9 linear ft.
Collection Summary: Biographical material; correspondence; manuscripts and published writings; notebooks and notes; diaries; printed material; photographs and an etching.
Microfilm reels 272-276: Primarily correspondence. Correspondents include family, E. Colin Agnew, Chester Holmes Aldrich, William von Bode, Duveen Brothers, Max J. Friedlander, Walter Gropius, John Johnson, John McIlhenny, Erich Mendelsohn, M. Perzynski, Edi Redslob, the Rockefeller family, Maria Sarre, Albert Souvier, and C.F. Williams. Correspondence prior to 1920 concerns World War I and life in Germany; also included are essays and research notes on modern European artists; photographs of Valentiner and his family; and printed material.
Microfilm reels 3963-3967: Biographical material including a resume, a family history and family tree; correspondence with family, Kurt Bauch, Guy DeLauney, Walter Friedlaender, Henry Goldman, Liselotte Moser, Maria Sarre, Wolfgang von Eckardt, and Helen Wills; manuscripts of an autobiography, writings on art, and articles by Valentiner; notebooks and notes; diaries, 1884-1939; exhibition catalogs and clippings; scrapbooks; photographs, 1875-1965, of Valentiner, his family, Walter Friedlaender, Giacometti, Maria Sarre, Helen Wills, William von Bode, Diego Rivera, Harry Bertoia, and other artists and art work; and an etching of Heidelberg.
Biographical/Historical Note: Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner (1880-1958) was a museum director, writer, and art historian. Born in Karlsruhe, Germany. Director, Detroit Institute of Arts, 1924-1946, Director-Consultant, Los Angeles Museum of Art, 1946-1954, Director, Getty Museum, Santa Monica, California, 1954, Director, North Carolina Museum of Art, 1955-1958. Editor, Art in America, 1913-1931, and author of books on Dutch painting and modern sculpture.
Papers on reels 272-276 & 3963-3967, and portion of material on reel D31, were donated in 1959. Papers on reels 2140-2144 lent for microfilming by the North Carolina Museum of Art, 1974.
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