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Hans and Lily Hildebrandt papers, 1899-1979

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Finding aid for the Hans and Lily Hildebrandt papers, 1899-1979

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection is an essentially complete record of Hans Hildebrandt's life and work. It includes numerous examples of his articles for art magazines and the popular press, as well as copies of his lectures publicizing the work of modern artists and architects. These manuscripts address a broad array of topics relevant to the European avant-garde, including the work of women artists, other artists, architecture, and mural painting. A large file of research notes and manuscripts address the decorative arts (Der Schmuck). Correspondence includes letters from many of Germany's leading artists and architects. There are personal photographs of the Hildebrandts and their artist friends, as well as research photographs relating to Hans Hildebrandt's writing projects. Lily Hildebrandt's papers include intimate letters from Walter Gropius recounting details of the architect's personal life and the administration of the Bauhaus.

The following figures are featured in the Hildebrandt papers: Bruno Adler, Joseph Albers, Alexander Archipenko, Willi Baumeister, Max Bill, Julius and Lisbeth Bissier, Hans Brühlmann, Marc and Ida Chagall, Le Corbusier, Franz Delitzsch, Richard Döcker, Katherine Dreier, Hermann Finsterlin, Giedion-Welcker, Walter Gropius, Hugo Häring, Hanna Höch, Adolf Hölzel, Bernhard Hoetger, Johannes Itten, Paul Klee, Daniel Henry Kahnweiler, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Maria Marc, Lászlo Moholy-Nagy, Amédée Ozenfant, Heinz Rasch, Alfred Roth, Oskar Schlemmer, Kurt Schwitters, Hugo Stenner, Henry van de Velde, Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart, Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Theodor Werner, Walter Wörn, Hugo Wolf.

Arrangement note

The papers are organized in 6 series:
Series I: Hans Hildebrandt's personal papers, 1899-1978 (boxes 1-3);
Series II: Hans Hildebrandt's bibliographies and reviews, 1908-1957 (boxes 3-5);
Series III: Hans Hildebrandt's manuscripts and publications, 1907-1961 (boxes 6-35, 64);
Series IV: Hans and Lily Hildebrandt's correspondence, 1901-1974 (boxes 36-42);
Series V: Hans and Lily Hildebrandt's photographs, ca. 1905-1960 (boxes 43-59);
Series VI: Lily Hildebrandt's papers, 1907-1979 (boxes 60-63).

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