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Erich and Luise Mendelsohn papers, 1894-1992

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Mendelsohn (Erich and Luise) Papers
Series I. Correspondence and manuscripts, Erich and Luise Mendelsohn, 1910-1953 6 box(es)
Selected Erich and Luise Mendelsohn correspondence: 1910-1953

Series I contains personal correspondence between Erich and Luise Mendelsohn, covering the years 1910-1953, with assorted manuscripts and notes by Erich Mendelsohn, letters to Esther Mendelsohn and Erich's students and colleagues, and letters from Marianne Hahn, H. Th. Wijdeveld, Lewis Mumford, and Victoria Ocampo. The correspondence is arranged chronologically.
Letters from Erich Mendelsohn are all typed copies, many of which have been published in Briefe eines Architekten (Munich: Prestel, 1961). The letters from Luise are handwritten. They write about their personal life, impressions of political events, family concerns, travel experiences, and topics in art and architecture. Erich Mendelsohn discusses the work of other modern artists and architects, most notably Feininger, Gropius, Kandinsky, Le Corbusier, El Lissitzky, Neutra, Oud, Picasso, Poelzig, Mies van der Rohe, Van de Velde, Otto Wagner, Worringer, and Wright. He also reflects on the historical development of modern architecture and weighs the importance of such movements as Neo-Impressionism, Expressionism, and Futurism. Mendelsohn's letters also give detailed descriptions of his architectural commissions from conception to realization, as well as descriptions and evaluations of buildings and cities he encountered during his travels through Europe, the Soviet Union, the Middle East, and America. Among the letters are enclosures such as programs, pressed flowers and photographs, as well as assorted documents.
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1 Letters, Erich Mendelsohn to Luise Mendelsohn, 1910-1930
1 1 Typed transcriptions, 1910
1 2 Typed transcriptions, 1911
1 3 Typed transcriptions, 1912-1913
1 4 Typed transcriptions, 1914-1915
1 5 Typed transcriptions, 1916-1917
1 6 Typed transcriptions, 1917
1 7 Typed transcriptions, with 1 autograph letter, 1918
1 8 Typed transcriptions, 1918-1919
1 9 Typed transcriptions, 1920-1923
1 10 Typed transcriptions, 1924-1925
1 11 Typed transcriptions, with 1 autograph letter, 1926-1928
1 12 Typed transcriptions, 1929-1930
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2 Letters, Erich Mendelsohn to Luise Mendelsohn, 1931-1953
2 1 Typed transcriptions, 1931-1933
2 2 Typed transcriptions, 1934-1936
2 3 Typed transcriptions, 1937-1938
2 4 Typed transcriptions, 1939-1945
2 5 Typed transcriptions, 1946-1950
2 6 Typed transcriptions, 1951-1953
2 7 Typed excerpts from Erich Mendelsohn's letters to Luise, 1910-1915
2 8 Typed excerpts from Erich Mendelsohn's letters to Luise, 1916-1922
2 9 Typed excerpts from Erich Mendelsohn's letters to Luise, 1913-1936
2 10 Typed excerpts from Erich Mendelsohn's letters to Luise, 1920-1936
2 11 Typed excerpts from Erich Mendelsohn's letters to Luise, 1938-1950
2 12 Autograph research notes, Luise Mendelsohn, undated
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3 Assorted correspondence, Erich Mendelsohn, 1917-1953 54 letters, handwritten notes
3 1 Correspondence (photocopied), Erich Mendelsohn, 1907-1925 22 letters
3 2 Letters (autograph), Erich Mendelsohn to Maria Luise Esther Mendelsohn, 1931-1941 12 letters
3 3 Letters from Marianne Hahn, H. Th. Wijdeveld, and Lewis Mumford, 1933-1949 4 letters
3 4 Letters (typescript and autograph), Erich Mendelsohn to Salmann Schocken, Thomas S. Politis and Clara (?), 1936-1953 11 letters
3 5 Letter (autograph) Erich Mendelsohn, to his assistants William Bruck, Stalick, and Schiller, 1941 1 letter
Concerning his retrospective exhibit at Museum of Modern Art, New York (MOMA), his university lectures, life in the U.S., the war, concentration camps, and professional opportunities in architecture.
3 6 Letters (autograph and typescript) Erich Mendelsohn to his assistant William Bruck, 1944-1947 3 letters
3 7 Letter (transcribed typescript) from Victoria Ocampo to Erich Mendelsohn (Berlin) with editorial corrections by Mendelsohn, undated 1 letter
3 8 Autograph notes, Erich Mendelsohn for a retrospective exhibition (1914-1940), undated
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4 Letters, Luise Mendelsohn to Erich Mendelsohn, 1910-1917 567 letters, 2 envelopes, 17 enclosures
4 1 Autograph letters, 1910 8 letters
4 2 Autograph letters, 1911 40 letters, 1 enclosure
4 3 Autograph letters, 1912 40 letters, 3 enclosures
4 4 Autograph letters, 1913 47 letters, 1 enclusure
4 5 Autograph letters, 1914 45 letters, 1 enclosure
4 6 Autograph letters, 1914 58 letters, 1 enclosure
4 7 Autograph letters, 1915 86 letters, 3 enclosures
4 8 Autograph letters, 1916 10 letters
4 9 Autograph letters, with 2 letters from Luise's secretary Maria Anruf, 1917 115 letters, 4 enclosures
4 10 Autograph letters, with 1 letter from Luise's mother, Frau Maas, 1917 83 letters, 3 enclosures
4 11 Autograph letters, 1917 35 letters
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5 Letters, Luise and Esther Mendelsohn to Erich Mendelsohn, 1918-1929 445 letters, 1 envelope, 13 enclosures
5 1 Autograph letters, 1918 110 letters, 3 enclosures
5 2 Autograph letters, 1918 86 letters, 1 envelope, 4 enclosures
5 3 Autograph letters, 1919 9 letters
5 4 Autograph letters, 1920 43 letters, 1 enclosure
5 5 Autograph letters, 1921 2 letters
5 6 Autograph letters, 1922 54 letters, 1 enclosure
5 7 Autograph letters, 1923 13 letters, 1 enclosure
5 8 Autograph letters, 1924 31 letters, 1 enclosure
5 9 Autograph letters, 1925 39 letters, 2 enclosures
5 10 Autograph letters, with 1 autograph note from Erich Mendelsohn, 1926 16 letters
5 11 Autograph letters, 1927 20 letters
5 12 Autograph letters, 1928 9 letters
5 13 Autograph letters, 1929 13 letters
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6 Letters, Lousie and Esther Mendelsohn to Erich Mendelsohn, 1930-1953 260 letters, 1 envelope, 9 enclosures
6 1 Autograph letters, 1930-1932 25 letters, 1 enclosure
6 2 Autograph letters, with 1 typescript letter from Aline to Luise Mendelsohn, 1933 32 letters, 1 enclosure
6 3 Autograph letters, 1934-1935 26 letters
6 4 Autograph letters, 1936-1937 25 letters, 1 envelope, 1 enclosure
6 5 Autograph letters, 1938-1939 29 letters, 1 enclosure
6 6 Autograph and typescript letters, with 1 letter from Luise to Gurry, 1941-1945 38 letters
6 7 Autograph letters, 1946-1948 27 letters
6 8 Autograph letters, 1949-1950 25 letters, 4 enclosures
6 9 Autograph letters, 1951-1953 33 letters, 1 enclosure


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