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Josef Albers letters to J. B. Neumann, 1934-1947

Albers, Josef, 1888-1976

Art teacher, Author, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: 1 Microfilm reel, 41 items on partial microfilm reel

Summary: The microfilm collection of the Josef Albers letters to J. B. Neumann contains 40 letters, primarily in German, written to J. B. Neumann by Josef Albers. Also included is an article on Albers written by Alexander Dorner.

Biographical/Historical Note

Josef Albers (1888-1976) was a German-born painter, printmaker, and educator who advocated a disciplined approach to composition, form, and color. He immigrated to the United States in 1933 and taught at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. In 1949 he moved to New Haven, Connecticut to teach at Yale University and serve as Chairman of the art department.


Lent for microfilming 1966 by the Brooklyn Museum, Department of Prints.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art also holds the Josef Albers papers, 1929-1970; the oral history interview with Josef Albers, 1968 June 22-July 5; and the J. B. Neumann papers, 1905-1967. Yale University Library Manuscripts and Archives holds the Josef Albers Papers (MS 32). The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library holds the Josef Albers Papers, 1933-1961.

Language Note

Many of the letters are in German.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the Brooklyn Museum, Department of Prints.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm roll 911 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

Josef Albers letters to J. B. Neumann, 1934-1947. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.