Scope and Contents
The papers of artist and art educator Edwin Ziegfeld measure 3 linear feet and date from 1917 to 1986, with the bulk of the records dating from the 1930s to 1970s. The papers document Ziegfeld's career through biographical materials, files comprised of writings and talks, professional files, and printed materials. Biographical materials include a list of Ziegfeld's publications and field contacts, resumes, biographical summaries, certificates and awards, miscellaneous receipts, membership cards, one interview transcript, mixed professional and personal correspondence, and more. Writings and talks include drafts, transcripts, notes, and outlines of Ziegfeld's articles, speeches, and essays. Also found in this series is a travel log he carried through Europe, Egypt, and Lebanon. Professional files shed light on Ziegfeld's various projects and professional undertakings including his teaching positions, the Owatonna Art Education Project, National Art Education Association, International Society for Education Through Art, and others. Folders include writings and drafts, editions of Art Today (1935-1944) and Art For Daily Living (1944), photos, transcripts, teaching files, and correspondence. Printed materials consist of published articles by Ziegfeld, clippings about Ziegfeld, artists, art education, the Prisendam fire in 1980—Ziegfeld and his wife were passengers on the cruise ship; ephemera from Ziegfeld exhibitions and speaking engagements; and a print of his drawing of "Sibley house."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated in 1987 by Ernest Ziegfield, Ziegfield's brother.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Christopher DeMairo in 2023.