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Anni Albers papers, 1924-1969

Anni Albers papers, 1924-1969

Albers, Anni, 1899-1994

Weaver, Designer, Educator, Graphic designer

Collection Information

Size: ca. 200 items.

Summary: Papers consist of printed materials about Alber's exhibitions, Bauhaus training, and Black Mountain weaving classes.

Biographical/Historical Note

Weaver, designer, graphic artist, teacher; b. 1899; d. 1994.


Donated 1969 by Anni Albers.

A Finding Aid to the Anni Albers Papers,
, in the Archives of American Art
Finding aid prepared by Barbara Aikens
Biographical Note
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.
The collection is arranged as one series:
Series 1: Printed Materials, 1929-1969 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
Scope and Content Note
The papers of artist and weaver Anni Albers 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.
Donated 1969 by Anni Albers.
Related Material
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.
Processing Information
The collection was processed in 2011.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reel N69-140 available at all Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

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

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