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Hans Theo Richter papers, [ca. 1914-1981]

Richter, Hans, 1888-1976

Painter, Filmmaker


Collection Information

Size: 1 Reel, ca. 400 items (on 1 microfilm reel)

Summary: Correspondence, ca. 1914-1981, including comments about Richter's films from Alexander Calder, Max Ernst, Man Ray, and others; exhibition catalogs, ca. 1946-1974; index to his films compiled by H.G. Weinberg, 1946 and revision; catalogs for films Dreams Money Can Buy, and 8 X 8; articles by and about Richter and his films; exhibition catalogs of other artists; writings; and newspaper clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Filmmaker; New York, N.Y. First one-man show in 1916, the same year he joined the Dadaists. His interest in the movement of forms led him first to scroll painting and then to film. He produced his first movie in 1921 and then went on to create Dreams That Money Can Buy, with Duchamp, Ernst, Calder and Man Ray, and 8 X 8, among others.


Lent for microfilming 1984 by Ursula Lawder, Richter's step-daughter.

Language Note

Many letters and printed items are in French or German.

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to the lender after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 3467 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Hans Theo Richter papers, [ca. 1914-1981]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.