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Heinrich Schwarz papers, 1894-1974

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Finding aid for the Heinrich Schwarz papers, 1928-1988
Series I. Heinrich Schwarz Research Files, ca. 1928-1970 23 boxes
Series I.E. The Symbolic Owl, ca. 1944-1974 2 boxes
The Symbolic Owl files contain Schwarz' extensive research into the iconology of the owl in art, and includes correspondence with colleagues, notes, articles by scholars in this area, zoological references, and abundant ephemera collected both by H.S. and received as gifts from amused friends.
Box Folder
8 1 Bollingen Grant Correspondence, 1962
Communications regarding the application process for a Bollingen grant, which H.S. hoped to receive for his project on the symbolism of the owl. [39 pp.]
8 2 Herbert Friedman/ H.S. Correspondence, 1965-1973
Letters regarding Schwarz's review of Friedman's manuscript The Symbolic Goldfinch (1945) and articles and lectures on the symbolism of the owl. [22 pp.]
8 3 General Correspondence, 1954-1964
Letters to and from H.S. regarding his research on owl symbolism, including letters to other scholars, galleries and libraries regarding citations, photo requests and publications.
8 4 General Correspondence, 1965-1973
[58 pp.]
8 5 Research Notes
Primarily bibliographic or reference notes on the history of owl symbolism, with some brief correspondence and clippings. Subjects and groupings have been maintained as they were arranged by H.S: natural history and folklore, church fathers, prints and miniatures, devices, signatures, stamps, synagogue, ape and owl. [c. 100 items]
8 6 Research Notes
On night, decoy, solitude, virtues, death, owl persecuted, jeux de la chouette, Greco-Roman and Celtic, misc. paintings, sculptures, prints. [c. 100 items]
8 7 Research Notes
On scriptures, Shakespeare, A.A. Milne, bestiaries, physiologies, medieval poems. [c. 75 items]
8 8 Research Notes
Pages of typed notes listing references and works consulted on the owl and owl symbolism, with quotations of text, descriptions, and brief annotations. [c. 50 items]
Box Folder
9 1 Articles by Colleagues and Scholars
Wolfgang Wegner (1957); Karl-August Wirth (1968); several zoological articles on avian nomenclature and animal design in art; "The Owl of Athena," Louis Halle. [11 items]
9 2 Source Materials
Photocopies of early documents relevant to the history of owl symbolism, including "La Chouette," The Physiologus, Johnson's Natural History, excerpt from Der Reformationsteppich in Weimarer Schloßmuseum und sein Meister Seger Bombeck; photographs. [81 pp.]
9 3 Catalogues
Depictions of owls in art and literature. [18 items]
9 4 Catalogues
Continuation of folder 3, above. [16 items]
9 5-6 Newspaper Clippings.
9 7 Ephemera
Ticket stubs, cocktail napkins, greeting cards, and advertisements illustrating owl symbolism in contemporary society.


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