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

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

Panofsky, Erwin, 1892-1968

Art historian

Collection Information

Size: 19.8 linear feet

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.

Provenance

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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Scope and Contents

The papers of Erwin Panofsky measure 19.3 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.

The Panofsky papers are comprised mainly of correspondence with colleagues, scholars, students, art dealers, galleries and museums, libraries, colleges and universities, organizations, and periodicals. Among the correspondents are colleagues, scholars, students, art dealers, galleries and museums, libraries, colleges and universities, organizations, and periodicals. Correspondents include: Udo von Alvensleben, Walter William Spencer Cook, Paul Coremans, Walter Friedländer, William S. Keckscher, Ludwig H. Heydenreich, H. W. Janson, Adolf Katzenellenbogen, Richard Krauatheimer, Edward E. Lowinsky, Millard Meiss, Gert van Osten, Richard Salomon, Craig Smyth, W.Stechos, Boot and Betty Tarkington, Egon Verhaegen, and Wilhelm Vöge.

Writings by Panofsky include drafts, notes, and manuscripts of articles, book reviews, books, and lectures. Biographical material consists of awards and certificates, diplomas (including many honorary degrees), and membership certificates. Among the printed material are articles and clippings about or mentioning Panofsky, programs for graduation ceremonies at which Panofsky was awarded honorary degrees, reviews of Panofsky's books, obituaries, and memorial programs and tributes.

Series 1: Correspondence, is available on 35-mm microfilm reels 2108-2128 at Archives of American Art and through interlibrary loan.

The Erwin Panofsky papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. The donor, Gerda Panofsky, owns copyright, where applicable.

Use of original papers requires an appointment.

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