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Harald Szeemann papers, 1800-2011, bulk 1949-2005

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Series I. Project files, 1836-2007, bulk 1949-2005
Series II. Artist files 1888-2009, bulk 1969-2005
Series III. Curator and museum professional files, 1903, 1942, 1955-2007
Series III.A. Curator files, 1903, 1942, 1955-2007
Series III.B. Correspondence binders, 1973-1998
Series III.C. Unfiled materials, 1958-2007
Series IV. Photographs, 1800, 1836-2011, bulk 1957-2005
Series IV.A. Projects, 1895-2007
Series IV.B. Artists, 1892-2007, bulk 1960-1999
Series IV.C. Margarethe Fellerer photographs of Monte Verità, 1904-1979, undated
Series IV.D. Topical, 1900-2004
Series IV.E. Slide carousels, 1997, undated
Series IV.F. Personal, approximately 1880-2004
Series V. Audiovisual files, 1926-2005, undated, bulk 1983-2005
Series V.A. Project files, 1969-2005, undated, bulk 1983-2005
Series V.B. Artist files, 1926, 1950-1956, 1965-2005, undated
Series V.C. Curator and museum professional files, 1989-2005, undated
Series V.D. Topical files, 1956, 1960, 1965-1972, 1984-2004, undated
Series V.E. Gallery and museum ephemera, 1995-2005, undated
Series V.F. Personal files, 1996-2005
Series V.G. Unidentified, undated
Series VI. Topical files, 1806-2005, bulk 1967-2005
Series VI.A. Arts and letters, 1905-2005, bulk 1956-2005
Series VI.B. Clippings and assorted research materials, approximately 1969-2005
Series VI.C. People and organizations, 1967-2004, undated
Series VI.D. Places, 1851-2004, undated
Series VI.E. Politics, environment, and society, 1905-2004, undated
Series VI.F. Professional associations, 1961-2005, undated
Series VI.G. Themes, 1912-2004, undated
Series VI.H. Unfiled materials, 1806, 1924-1929, 1948-1958, 1967-2004, undated
Series VII. Gallery and museum ephemera, 1915, 1937, 1953-2007, undated
Series VII.A. Galleries, 1953-2007, undated
Series VII.B. Museums, 1915, 1937, 1954, 1960-2007, undated
Series VII.C. General, 2004-2005
Series VIII. Personal files, 1800, 1933-2007, undated
Series VIII.A. Individuals, 1800, 1933-2007, undated
Series VIII.B. Objects, 1997, 2000, undated
Series IX. Business files, 1923-2011, bulk 1974-2004
Series IX.A. Receipts and bank documents, 1968-2006
Series IX.B. Taxes and balances, 1969-2004
Series IX.C. Miscellaneous business, 1923-2004, 2011, bulk 1974-2004
Series X. Digital files, approximately 2001-approximately 2006
Szeemann (Harald) Papers
Series VI. Topical files, 1806-2005, bulk 1967-2005 193.53 Linear Feet (406 boxes, 6 flatfiles, 1 telescope roll box)
Series VI.D. Places, 1851-2004, undated 52 Linear Feet (101 boxes, 1 flatfile)
Series VI.D. Places contains materials collected on geographic areas and includes clippings; periodicals; books; advertisements; realia such as coins and cards; photographs; ledgers; scrapbooks; diaries; drawings; telephone directories; and photocopied materials, including police files.
The section on Switzerland is organized into general and Ticino, the canton that was home to Szeemann as well as to Monte Verità. General contains materials concerning various aspects of life and culture in Switzerland. Specific topics include Swiss cities, especially Zürich; politics and political parties including die Grüne [Green Party] (see box 3349); and the 700. Settecentesimo Confederazione [700th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation]. Ticino includes photocopied police files (Polizeiakten) on numerous figures from the early 20th century, including Ernst Toller (see box 3398) and Franziska Reventlov (see boxes 3392, 3502). Much of the material concerns people and places associated with early 20th century political and social movements in Ticino. Topics of particular focus include Ascona, Locarno and environs, and Monte Verità; prominently featured are Charlotte Bara and the Bara Schule [school]; Dimitri; Gusto Gräser; Ida Hoffmann; Fitz Jordi; Georg Kaiser; Josua Klein; Rudolf von Laban; Henri Oedenkoven and Isa Oedenkoven; Alfredo Pioda; and Carlo Vester.
Tourist information includes maps and guidebooks.
Arranged into three sections: Global, Switzerland, and Tourist information.
Global, 1926, 1962-2004
3338 Afghanistan - Bolivia, 1964-2003, undated
Predominant topics include the city of Berlin, Germany is especially well represented; materials include a publication concerning the city as Kulturstadt Europas 1988 and a book of comic strips, Berlin gag 64 (1964).
3339a, 3737 Bonn - Franche-Comté, 1967-2004, undated
Predominant topics include China; Deutschland [Germany] and Deutsche Demokratische Republik [German Democratic Republic]; and England. Materials include an unidentified, undated Chinese book with hand-sewn binding.
3339b Frankreich - Israel, 1926, 1966-1999, undated
Predominant topics include Frankreich [France]; Griechenland [Greece]; and Israel.
3340, 3943 Israel - Ladakh, 1967-2003, undated
Predominant topics include Israel, Italien [Italy], and Kuba [Cuba].
3341, 3943 Lampedusa - Rom [Rome], 1962-1998, undated
3342 Rom [Rome] - UDSSR [Soviet Union], 1969-1999, undated
Predominant topics include Spanien [Spain], Russland [Russia], and the UDSSR [Soviet Union].
3343 UDSSR [Soviet Union]- Zimbabwe, 1967-1999, undated
Predominant topics include the UDSSR [Soviet Union] and the United States. Also contains unfiled materials in folders 27 and 28.
Unfiled, 1953-2006, undated
3344-3345 Austria, 1971, 1979-2004, undated
Contains clippings, advertisements, publications including books and telephone directories, cards, coins, and early-20th-century photographs originally found in a box labeled "Autriche"; their original order has been retained.
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3774 3 Netherlands, 1970
3423-3424 Clippings, slides, and ephemera, 1953-2006, undated
Includes clippings regarding Austria, France,Germany, Italy, and Spain, and unordered clippings from various countries. Also includes unidentified color and black and white illustrations and typewritten correspondence from Germany, and slides, clippings, and publications regarding King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
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3507 3-4 Calendar and spiral-bound books, 1995, 2004
Folder 4 contains two books from the series L'Arc del món.
Switzerland, 1851-2004, undated
The materials concerning Switzerland were arranged by Szeemann into two main categories: Switzerland: A to Z and Ticino: A to Z. Files in the Ticino group were arranged in boxes labeled "Ticino"; however, much material was also filed under "Tessin," the German variant of the name. Files under these names have not been merged.
General: A to Z, 1928, 1947, 1964-2005, undated
Contains clippings, periodicals, and ephemera concerning various aspects of life and culture in Switzerland. Areas of particular focus include Swiss cities, especially Zürich; politics and political parties including die Grüne [Green Party] (see box 3349); and the 700. Settecentesimo Confederazione [700th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation].
3346, 3944 Abfall [garbage] - Basel: Fasnacht, 1969-1998, undated
3347 Bauer [farmer] - Bern, 1968-1999, 2005, undated
Predominant topics include the city of Bern and cultural politics in Bern, including various directors at cultural institutions in the city.
3348 Bialla - F/A 18 [fighter jet], 1964-1998, undated
3349 Ferrari - Jaccoud, 1970-1998, undated
Predominant topics include die Grüne [Green Party].
3350 Jardin des Folies - Lebenserwartung [life expectancy], 1969-1999, undated
3351 Lenzlinger - Recht: diritto civile [civil law], 1968-1995, undated
3352 Regierung [government] - 700. Settecentesimo Confederazione [700th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation], 1971-1996, undated
Predominant topics include the 700. Settecentesimo Confederazione [700th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation] in 1991.
3353 700. Settecentesimo Confederazione [700th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation] - Sowjetunion, 1989-1994
3354 Sozialismus - Umwelt [environment], 1928, 1947, 1970-1995, undated
Folder 1 contains late- and early-twentieth century socialist periodicals, including one issue of Infrarot (1979); two issues of Neue Wege from 1987 and 1988 and three issues of Der Freiheitliche Sozialist from 1947; it also includes a Jubiläums-Festschrift marking the 50th anniversary of the Sozialistengesetz [anti-socialist law of 1978] and a broadside.
3355 UNO [United Nations] - Wirz [corporation], 1971-1997, undated
3943 Wolksbewegungen [social movements], 1981
3356 Wüst - Zürich, 1968-1997, undated
Predominant topics include the city of Zürich, with an emphasis on the youth movement (Bewegung AJZ) and on drugs (Drogen).
3357 Zürich - Zwingli, 1973-2003, undated
Predominant topics include the city of Zürich; topics include the youth movement (Bewegung AJZ), Kunsthaus Zürich, insurance (Versicherung), and other subjects.
3358-3360 Periodicals, reports, and assorted ephemera, 1971-2004, undated
Materials were found in a box labeled "Suisse"; the order in which they were found has been maintained. Folder 3 contains reports and planning documents for the 700th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation.
Ticino (Tessin), 1851-1855, 1863, 1874-1876, 1886-2005, undated
A to Z, 1855, 1900-2005, undated
Includes clippings, correspondence, ephemera, periodicals, manuscript materials, and photocopied journals, books, newspaper articles, and photocopied police files.
3361 Acqua [water] - Arzo, 1913-1919, 1938, 1956, 1975-1998, undated
3362 Ascona: Allgemeines [general] - Ascona: Fondazione Epper, 1926-1944, 1952-1998, undated
Folder 3, filed under Ascona: Anarchie, contains photocopied police files dating from 1904 to 1918. Folder 13 contains materials from a folder entitled Ascona: Szeemann.
3363 Ascona: ETAL - Ascona: San Michele, 1930, 1944-1997, undated
3364 Ascona: Casa Serodine and Edizioni - Bara, 1958-1996, 2004, undated
Predominant topics include Ascona; materials in folders 1-16 include clippings, booklets, photocopied police files, and a dissertation regarding Ascona. Folder 25 contains photocopied handwritten memoirs of Charlotte Bara.
3365 Bara - Ball, 1921-2001, undated
Predominant topics include Charlotte Bara including a poem written by Else Lasker-Schüler about Bara.
3366 de Beauclair - Borngraeber, 1914, 1939, 1964-1998, undated
Predominant topics include the city of Bellinzona.
3367 Borgnone - Casagrande, 1947-1967, 1977-1999, undated
3368 Casanova - Cotti, 1948-1951, 1980-2005, undated
3369 Cotti - Dimitri, approximately 1910, 1965-2000, undated
Predominant topics include Dimitri.
3370 Dimitri - Eranos, 1946-2004, undated
Predominant topics include Dimitri; Elisarion; and Eranos.
3371 Erdberg - Galfetti, 1939-1949, 1956, 1963-2003, undated
Predominant topics include Fidus and Jakob Flach.
3372 Galli - Gräser, 1906, 1937, 1961-1998, undated
Predominant topics include Gusto Gräser; materials include a report by the Gräser Archiv Freudenstein describing Gräser's friendship with Hermann Hesse.
3373 Gräser, 1913, 1918, 1977, 1985-1986, undated
Contains an original 1918 letter from Gräser, photocopied archival materials, writings, and lectures; a photocopied diary of Grossika Gusto; and photocopied correspondence from the Nazi period. Also contains undated original and photocopied papers inscribed with sayings and at times with artwork; handwritten notes; and family history.
3374 Gräser - Hesse, approximately 1900-1909, 1927, 1954-1994, undated
Includes original and photocopied materials by or about Gusto Gräser as well as Karl Gräser and Jenny Gräser-Hofmann. Folder 1 contains a small booklet of handwritten sayings by Gusto Gräser, and folder 7 contains hand- and typewritten manuscript materials filed under Karl Gräser. Folders 32-34 contain photocopied correspondence from G. Gamper to Hermann Hesse and from Hesse to Hildegard Neugeborn-Jung (1916-1926, 1956-1960), as well as a booklet from 1994 regarding preservation of Hesse's homes.
3375 Hesse - Industrien im Tessin [industries in Ticino], 1902-1906, 1920, 1935-1936, 1977-1995, undated
Predominant topics include Ida Hofmann; materials include an original copy of Vegetabilismus! Vegetarismus!, published by Ida Hofmann-Oedenkoven, Monte Verità bei Ascona, 1905.
3376 Intragna - Jordi, 1919, 1931, 1958-1970, 1985-1998, undated
Predominant topics include the journal edited by Fitz Jordi and Heinrich Vogeler, Fontana Martina; Folder 14 contains a facsimile of a portion of the first issues, dated 1931.
3377 Jordi: Fontana Martina, undated
Contains two photocopies of 1931-1932 issues of the bi-monthly journal Fontana Martina, edited by Fitz Jordi and Heinrich Vogeler.
3378 Journalismus - Keller, 1982-1999, undated
Predominant topics include Georg Kaiser.
3379 Keller - Klein, 1903-1908, 1919-1946, 1961-1991, undated
Predominant topics include Josua Klein; materials include photocopied as well as original hand- and typewritten manuscript materials, dated from 1919 through 1938 (and undated) and labeled filed as "Texte" [texts] by Szeemann. Folder 19 contains official documents from 1920 to 1946 regarding Klein's medical history, certificate of incapacitation, and death, as well as a photograph of Klein with the word "Heil!" written on the back.
3380 Klein, 1855, 1908
Includes a 4 x 5 1/2 inch box with approximately 300 pieces of paper containing handwritten, sayings, maxims, and drawings and a book, Die Cabbala des Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, dated 1855; the book contains some annotations.
3381 Klein - Kunsthandwerk [crafts], 1914-1915, 1939-1980, 1989-1999, undated
Predominant topics include Josua Klein; materials include photocopied as well as original hand- and typewritten manuscript materials and postcards, dated 1939 through 1943 (and undated), some of which were filed as "Texte" [texts] by Szeemann.
3382 Laban - Lega dei Ticinesi, 1921-1996, undated
Predominant topics include Rudolf von Laban and and Robert Landmann; includes two photocopies of Landmann's book, Monte Verità-Ascona: Die Geschichte eines Berges (1930).
3383 Legenden - Locarno, 1921, 1963-2000, undated
Predominant topics the city of Locarno and its environs.
3384 Locarno, 1974-1999, undated
Includes photocopied issues of the Offizielles Fremdenblatt from 1901 through 1903 and photocopied police files from 1917.
3385 Locarno - Locarno und Umgebung [Locarno and environs], 1920, 1981-2001, undated
Contains clippings, periodicals, and ephemera. Folders 5-8 concern the Società Storica Locarnese; folder 10 contains a city planning document from approximately 1920; and folder 18 contains a photocopy of the Offizielles Fremdenblatt from 1900.
3386 Locarno und Umgebung [Locarno and environs] - Madonna del Sasso, 1937, 1948, 1953, 1985-2003, undated
Predominant topics include the city of Locarno and its environs; Emil Ludwig and the city of Lugano.
3387 Madonna di Scarparé - Monte Verità, 1904, 1955, 1964-1965, 1974-1976, 1988-2004, undated
3388 Mondada - Oedenkoven, 1904-1905, 1916, 1964-1976, 1985-1998, undated
Includes photographs of Henri Oedenkoven dated 1904 and 1905 and stamped: Carlo Vester, Ascona; the caption of one of the photographs reads:"Kostümfest auf Monte Verità 1904-1905.
3389 Oedenkoven - Pioda, approximately 1910, 1931-1932, 1945, 1979-1999, undated
Includes photocopied correspondence and other materials filed under Henri Oedenkoven; folder 2 is titled Prospekte [prospectuses] Monte Verità, 1908-1922.
3390 Pioda - Porza, 1930-1931, 1985-1995, undated
Predominant topics include Alfredo Pioda.
3391 Pozzenburg - Reuss: OTO [Order of the Oriental Templars], 1938, 1960-1963, 1978-1998, undated
3392, 3502 Reuss - Rosenbaum, 1910, 1932, 1944, 1957-1998, undated
Predominant topics include Theodor Reuss.
3393 Rosenberg - Schläpfer and Rauber, 1948-2000, undated
Includes two photocopies of a novel by Emil Rüdebusch, Die Eigenen (approximately 1904).
3394 Schmidhauser - Schulenberg, approximately 1970, 1995, undated
Includes photocopies of 1905 and 1906 issues of the journal published by Carl von Schmidtz, Der freie Christ.
3395 Schürch - Solari, approximately 1910-1998
3396 Soldini - Terragni, 1949, 1957, 1972-1999, undated
3397 Terra Ticinese - Tognola, 1877, 1919, 1926, 1935, 1953-1965, 1979-1998, undated
3398 Toller, Ernst - Unwetter [severe weather], 1976-1999, undated
3399 Vacchini - Vester, 1919, 1946-1968, 1975-1998, undated
Predominant topics include Carlo Vester; folder 25 contains his typewritten journals (Tagebuecher Carl Vester, 16 Juni 1902 - 31 Dezember 1919) .
3400 Vester - Werefkin, 1922-1923, 1932, 1945, 1965-1972, 1988-1996, undated
Folder 1 contains a typewritten personal journal labeled: Ascona - Carl Vester, 1. Januar 1920 bis 31. Dezember 1922.
3401 Werk - Zylla Mord [Zylla murder], 1905, 1914-1919, 1960-1993, undated
Predominant topics include Baron F. von Wrangel; materials include issues of the newspaper Die Menschheit from 1915 through 1919; several books and booklets written by von Wrangel; and photocopies of his police files from 1915 to 1920.
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3510 4 Broadsides: Charlotte Bara, 1921, 1936, 1945
Contains five broadsides for performances by Charlotte Bara.
Various print materials, 1889, 1907, 1914-1919, 1924-1929, 1937-1938, 1955, undated
With one exception, items were found loose among alphabetized materials concerning Ticino or were housed separately from materials in folders because of their fragility.
3403 Periodicals, book, and manuscript pages, 1907, 1914, 1918-1919, 1925, 1929
Includes two issues of the Offizieles Fremdenblatt [Official Visitor's List), Locarno (folder 1); eight issues of the Tessiner Blätter from 1918 (numbers 9 and 12) and 1919 (numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7) (folder 2); and one issue of Die Schweiz. Illustrierte Halbmonatsschrift, 1914 (folder 3), published in Zürich and housed in this box because of its fragility. Also includes one book, La correzione del Fiume Maggia (report, 1907), stamped by Carlo Vester, Ascona (folder 4) and a group of loose manuscript pages (folder 5).
3404 Scrapbook, book, booklets, and diary, 1889, 1924, 1937-1938, 1955
Contains a diary [Tagebuch] of Dr. Emden, V, 1955 October 1-1956 November 6; a booklet by Dr. Gustav Vogt, Zur Tessiner Frage (1889); a booklet by Friedrich Kähr, Vor der Entscheidung: Vernichtung durch nationalpolitischen Rüstungs-Wahn oder allgemeine Selbsthilfe der Bevölkerung Europas durch den Locarno-Plan (1937); and two copies of Monte Verità: Wahrheit ohne Dichtung (1906), one of which has "Vester - Ascona" handwritten on its cover. Also includes a scrapbook concerning Monte Verità, dated 1933-1938, removed from the Library Collection, and an unfiled copy of Hans Morgenthaler's Woly: Sommer im Süden (1924).
Unfiled, 1851-1853, 1863, 1874-1876, 1886-1912, 1921-1941, 1958, 1981-2005, undated
Historical documents, 1851-1853, 1863, 1874-1876, 1882-1886, 1890-1913, 1921-1941, undated
Materials concern the 19th- and early-20th century Ticino and Locarno criminal justice systems.
3405-3408* Ledgers and sentencing books, 1851-1853, 1863, 1874-1876, 1882-1886, 1891-1894, 1913, 1921-1941, undated
3409 Papers: Locarno District Court, approximately 1890-1912, undated
3410 Scrapbooks and binders, undated
Includes photocopied pages from Ingeborg Lüscher, Erlebtes und Erdäumeltes einander zugeordnet (with handwritten dedication) and two scrapbooks, found loose.
3411-3417, 3774 Various print materials and ephemera, 1955, 1981-2005, undated
Box 3411 includes clippings; box 3412 periodicals; and box 3414 clippings, newsletters, and ephemera. Boxes 3415 and 3416 contain fliers, brochures, invitations, and other ephemera, and box 3417 contains ephemera regarding arts organizations; materials in box 3417, folders 2-4 were found together and labeled "Musei/Gallerie."
3510 Poster, undated
Folder 2 contains a poster advertising car paint (Colorifico Beretta Locarno).
446** Bern: Calendar, 1991
3506*, 3509, 3510 Various,
Box 3506, folder 4 contains material concerning Corrado Anticoli, and folder 5 contains a map of the Kurhotel at Monte Verità. Box 3509, folder 1 contains pages from a magazine feature on Monte Verità and Ascona; folder 2 contains pages from the Spanish newspaper El Pais (Madrid, 1994) and an undated bumper sticker from the United States. Box 3510, folder 3 contains two empty mailers from the Swiss Railroad Advertising Service.
Unfiled, 1914, 1961, 1973-2004, undated
3418-3419 Various, 1973-1979, 1985-2004, undated
A sticky note with the text "Suiza existe - Zug / Swissair / Gotthard / ABB / Ebner / Borer" was found with materials in box 3418; it is located in folder 1, box 3418. Box 3419 includes pamphlets, newsletters, catalogs, reports, and clippings. The order in which materials were found has been retained.
3420-3421, 3774 Pamphlets, books, booklets, clippings, and ephemera, 1957?, 1973-2004, undated
3422 Calendars, 1914, 1961, 1974-1979, 1986
Tourist information, approximately 1956-2004
Materials concerning Austria and Germany were found in unlabeled boxes. Materials concerning France, Italy, and Switzerland were found in boxes labeled Frankreich, Italien, and Schweiz respectively.
3425, 3944 Austria, 1980-1986, undated
3426-3427 France, 1983, 1986, 2000, undated
Includes materials concerning France (in general); North France, Paris, and South France.
3428-3429 Germany, 1970, 1980-1988, undated
Includes materials filed under Deutschland [Germany], Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Köln [Cologne], München [Munich], Bundesrepublik Deutschland [Federal Republic of Germany], Berlin, and other cities.
3430-3431 Italy, 1971-1980, 1991, undated
Includes materials filed under Italien [Italy], Norditalien [Northern Italy], and Süditalien [Southern Italy].
3432 Switzerland, 1969-1988, undated
3433-3435, 3774 Various, 1938, 1967-2003, undated
Materials in boxes 3433 and 3434 were found in manila folders or in boxes labeled with the place names; countries represented include England, the Netherlands (folder is labeled "Holland" and includes note: "siehe Frank Leonhard"), Hungary, Japan, Romania, Scandinavia, Spain, and Yugoslavia; boxes also contained individual items regarding various other countries. A manila folder for Belgium and Luxembourg was found empty. Unfiled and loose material has been integrated as appropriate. Box 3774 includes unfiled material about Swiss Air.

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