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Walter and Ise Gropius slides, 1940-1968

Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969

Architect, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet

Summary: 36 slides (ca. 1940-1968) of Walter and Ise Gropius, their home in Lincoln, Mass., and their art collection.

Biographical/Historical Note

Architect, educator and founder of the Bauhaus school. Born in Berlin, Walter Gropius studied at the University of Charlottenburg-Berlin and Munich. Following European travel and apprenticeship with Peter Behrens in Berlin, he established his own practice in 1910. After military service in WWI, he became director of the School of Applied Arts and the Academy of Arts, united the two and named the new institute Bauhaus Dessau in 1925. Between 1934 and 1937, he had a private practice in London. From 1938 to 1952, Gropius was chairman of Harvard's Graduate School of Design and maintained a private practice with Marcel Breuer from 1938 to 1941. Gropius married Alma Schindler, Gustav Mahler's widow, in 1915. In 1923, he married Ise (or Ilse) Franck.


Donated 1982 by the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University. Originally ca. 340 slides lent. 36 of those slides were duplicates and subsequently given to AAA.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

All duplicates.

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

Walter and Ise Gropius slides, 1940-1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.