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Nina Winkel papers, 1944-1982

Winkel, Nina Koch, 1905-1990



Collection Information

Size: 0.6 Linear feet

Summary: Correspondence, business records, printed material and writings documenting the activities of sculptor Nina Winkel and the Sculpture Center.
Biographical material consists of 2 resumes and a citation. Correspondence, primarily with colleagues and patrons, concerns Winkel's work (1944-1982). Receipts, invoices, and insurance forms concern the reproduction and sale of her work (1952-1967) and the operation of the Sculpture Center (1960-1973). Printed material consists of clippings (1970-1985), exhibition announcements and catalogs (1954-1984), and press releases (1972). Writings include a typescript of a travel journal written in Europe and Asia Minor (1969), and miscellaneous notes. Photographs show Winkel in her studio and her works (undated). A medal, CHILDREN, HOPE OF THE WORLD, was designed by Winkel for the Society of Medalists (1968).

Biographical/Historical Note

Nina Winkel, nee Koch, was born in 1905 in Borken, Germany. She studied sculpture at the Staedel Institute in Frankfurt/Main and in Paris from 1923 to 1941. She came to the United States in 1942, becoming a citizen in 1945. During the war, she taught at the servicemen's canteen of the Sculpture Center. Winkel is also known for her research on antique and Byzantine mosaics, becoming an outside reader at the Institute of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. She was the President of the Sculpture Center from 1970-1973.


Donated 1973-1985 by Nina Winkel.

Language Note

Thirty-four letters are in French. Twenty-seven letters, 4 clippings, and an exhibition catalog are in German. One letter is in Turkish. One letter is in Arabic.

Location of Originals

  • Photocopies: Originals in possession of Nina Winkel.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

A citation, 6 letters, and 2 clippings are photocopies.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Nina Winkel papers, 1944-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.