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Hans Eckstein research files, 1897-1984 (bulk 1920-1984)

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Finding aid for the Hans Eckstein research files, 1897-1984, bulk 1920-1984

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection, consisting primarily of correspondence and manuscripts, spans the years 1920-1984 (with the exception of the transcribed letters from Max Liebermann, dated 1897-1934). The archive reflects the major interests of Hans Eckstein, from archeology to architectural history. Numerous letters and essays deal with architectural theory, the preservation of historical landmarks, the rebuilding of German cities after World War II, and the mounting of exhibitions to display the work stemming from the Deutscher Werkbund and the Neue Bauen (modern architecture). Within the correspondence with artists is correspondence about the artist Josef Scharl which contains 49 photographs of his works dating from the late 1920s and 1930. A file of 24 letters with artist and designer Wilhelm Wagenfeld describes his works as well as his politics. Many other letters reflect Eckstein's wide circle of colleagues and acquaintances: writers, architects, artists, collectors, editors and publishers. Biographical writings on artists, critiques and reviews of architects, their publications and construction projects can be found here in manuscripts and in published pieces.

A small group of manuscripts, photographs, publications and newspaper clippings tell the story of Nicholas Roerich (Nikolai Konstantinovich Rerikh, 1874-1947), the Russian artist, philosopher, educator and explorer. This material also covers the founding of a museum, the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York, dedicated to his ideas.

Another series comprises thirteen photographs including five African images from the Han Coray Collection. Lastly, 28 transcribed letters from the artist Max Liebermann are addressed to various correspondents.

Arrangement note

The papers are arranged in 6 series:
Series I. Correspondence, 1922-1984;
Series II. Manuscripts, ca. 1930-ca. 1950;
Series III. Deutscher Wekbund (DWB) and Neue Bauen, 1932-1980;
Series IV. Nicholas Roerich Museum, 1929-1931, undated;
Series V. Photographs, ca. 1934, undated;
Series VI. Transcribed letters from Max Liebermann, 1897-1934

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