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Richard Huelsenbeck papers, 1910-1978

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Finding aid for the Richard Huelsenbeck papers, 1910-1978

Scope and Content of Collection

TheRichard Huelsenbeck Papers contain manuscripts by Huelsenbeck and Raoul Hausmann, correspondence to and from Huelsenbeck with some photographs, clippings and catalogues, and about 130 letters between other correspondents.

The archive contains a rich file of letters written to Huelsenbeck from Erich Buchholz (ca. 95 items), George Grosz (ca. 50 items), Raoul Hausmann (ca. 175 items), Hannah Höch (15 items), Marcel Janco (10 items), Hans Richter (ca. 65 items) and Michel Seuphor (ca. 30 items) that date from 1912-1978 (bulk 1950s and 1960s) and contain discussions of current work and reputations, as well as recountings of pre-war Dada activities. There are also ca. 160 letters from Huelsenbeck to various correspondents, including about 15 letters to and from Hans Rudolf Hilty and ca. 20 letters between Huelsenbeck and Kurt Hiller. The letters date from 1930-1974, bulk 1950-1967. Within the Huelsenbeck correspondence files are ca. 50 pages of his writings in manuscript. The Hausmann file includes about 80 pages of his manuscripts, and the Richter file includes exhibition catalogues and Richter's script for Narcissus.

The correspondence between others includes a lengthy file of Hausmann letters. In addition to his letters to Huelsenbeck, there are letters between Hausmann and Kurt Schwitters, 1946-64 (ca. 110 items), Hausmann and Elfriede Stegemeier, 1949-54 (ca. 30 items), Hausmann and Jan Tschichold, 1930 (20 items), and between Hausmann and Augustin Tschinkel, 1949-59 (20 items). There are also 4 letters from 1964 between Tristan Tzara and Werner Schmalenbach.

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged alphabetically.




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