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Karl Zerbe papers, 1938-1989

Zerbe, Karl, 1903-1972



Collection Information

Size: 6.5 linear feet

Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, financial records, journals, slides and photographs, audio-visual material, a television documentary script, and printed material documenting the career of Karl Zerbe as a painter.

Biographical material consists of awards certificates and plaques and estate information. Correspondence, both personal and professional, is with friends, family, and Zerbe's dealers. Financial records document the sale of Zerbe's work as well as his personal finances.

Journals include bound volumes with personal notes, sketches, travel logs, and photographs. Slides are of Zerbe's works of art and a small amount of photographs are of Zerbe and his colleagues. Audio-visual material consists of home movies and travel films shot by Zerbe on 14 film reels (16mm), and a videocassette (VHS) of a news program about Zerbe on CBS Sunday Morning.

Also included are videocassettes (Betamax) containing raw footage, rough cuts, and the final version of "Expressions of Life," a one hour documentary for television on the life and work of Karl Zerbe, along with interview transcripts with Zerbe and others, a production script, and production notes. Documentary written by Ernest Kolowrat, 1986, Peter J. Barton Productions. Printed material consists of exhibition announcements and clippings about Zerbe.

Biographical/Historical Note

Karl Zerbe (1903-1972) was a painter in Munich, Germany and Boston, Mass.


Donated 2010 by Maria Zerbe Norton, Karl Zerbe's daughter.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Karl Zerbe papers, 1938-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.