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A Finding Aid to the Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner papers, 1853-1977 | Digitized Collection

Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner papers, 1853-1977

Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold, 1880-1958

Art historian, Museum director, Author

This site provides access to the papers of Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2016, and total 13,897 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Collection Information

Size: 6.9 linear feet

Summary: The papers of art historian and museum director Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner measure 6.9 linear feet and date from 1853 to 1977. Found within the collection are biographical materials, including information on the Lepsius and Valentiner families; correspondence with family, friends, art collectors, and art historians; seven diaries; additional writings and notes; printed materials; three clippings scrapbooks; artwork in the form of prints and woodcuts; and photographs of Valentiner and his family and friends, including two photograph albums.

Biographical/Historical Note

Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner (1880-1958) was a museum director, writer, and art historian who lived in New York, New York, Detroit,Michigan, and Raleigh, North Carolina and was known for his leadership and collection development during his tenure at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Born in Karlsruhe, Germany. Director, Detroit Institute of Arts, 1924-1946, Director-Consultant, Los Angeles Museum of Art, 1946-1954, Director, Getty Museum, Santa Monica, California, 1954, Director, North Carolina Museum of Art, 1955-1958. Editor, Art in America, 1913-1931, and author of books on Dutch painting and modern sculpture.

Provenance

From 1972 to 1977, Valentiner's papers were gathered from various sources by historian Margaret Sterne who was researching and writing a biography of Valentiner. Sterne died just prior to publication and the papers were sorted by Archives' staff and returned to the lender when known. After publication of the biography, the bulk of the papers were returned to their respective lenders (primarily the University of North Carolina) and the remaining papers were sorted and accessioned by the Archives. Donors are listed as unknown or anonymous.

Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art are the Mary E. Adams letters from Wilhelm Valentiner and an oral history interview with Mary and Clinton Adams conducted by Paul Karlstrom, April 24, 1998. The North Carolina Museum of Art also holds papers of Wilhelm Valentiner, most of which are also avai

Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Location of Originals

  • Reels 2140-2144: Originals in the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina.