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Adolf Dehn papers, 1912-1987

Dehn, Adolf Arthur, 1895-1968

Painter, Printmaker

Collection Information

Size: 6.6 linear feet

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.

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