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Marcel Breuer papers, 1920-1986

Breuer, Marcel, 1902-1981

Designer, Architect

The papers of Marcel Breuer in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2005 from 32 reels of microfilm, totaling 42,724 images.

Funding for the microfilming of this collection was provided by the Gerta Charitable Trust. Funding for the digitization of the microfilm was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 37.6 Linear feet; 0.14 Gigabytes

Summary: The Marcel Breuer papers, 1920-1986, contain biographical material, correspondence, business and financial records, interviews, notes, writings, sketches, project files, exhibition files, photographs, and printed material that document the career of architect and designer Marcel Breuer.

Biographical/Historical Note

Marcel Lajos Breuer was born on May 21, 1902, in the Danube valley town of Pécs, Hungary, to Jacques Breuer, a physician, and Franciska (Kan) Breuer. His siblings were Hermina and Alexander. Throughout his life, Breuer used his first name only on official documents and preferred that his friends use his middle name, the Hungarian form of "Louis." The diminutive form of this name was usually spelled "Lajkó" and pronounced "Lye-ko."

Provenance

The collection was donated to the Archives of American Art in five installments, 1985-1999, by Constance Breuer, widow of Marcel Breuer.

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Language Note

The records are in English, French, German, and Hungarian. English; French; German; Hungarian

Funding

Funding for the microfilming of this collection was provided by the Gerta Charitable Trust. Funding for the digitization of the microfilm was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.