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

Panofsky, Erwin, 1892-1968

Art historian

Collection Information

Size: 19.8 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Erwin Panofsky measure 19.8 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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Language Note

Galleys of "Saturn and Melancholy" and some letters are in German.