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Daniel Libeskind papers, 1968-1992

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Libeskind (Daniel) Papers

Scope and Content of Collection

The Daniel Libeskind papers, 1968-1992 (ca. 60 lin. ft. in 52 boxes, 168 rolls, 27 oversize folders, 12 models, 1 folio) are comprised primarily of materials - drawings, notebooks, sketches, models, correspondence, press clippings, videotapes, transparencies - documenting the Jewish Museum Extension to the Berlin Museum, 1988-1992, which in this archive is titled Between the Lines.

The collection also contains 14 other design projects (1970-1991), materials related to his teaching at the Cranbrook Academy of Art (1980-1984), some manuscripts and publications (1970-1990), and photographs, slides and transparencies (ca. 1968-1990).

The significance of this collection lies in the inclusion of representative pieces from Libeskind's earlier projects as well as the nearly exhaustive documentation of Between the Lines, the Jewish Museum Extension, up to 1992. Not only are original architectural drawings, sketches, notebooks, and models included, but the collection holds the many revisions and alterations made from those original drawings; what appear to be merely photocopies of original drawings often have subtle modifications indicated on them. One can see the manner in which Libeskind draws from his earlier works for inspiration. The design materials are further informed by the flurry of correspondence which documents the delays and crises that threatened to halt the construction of the museum in the early 1990s.

While the City Edge and Marking the City Boundaries projects are fairly well documented, many of his earlier projects are represented with only a few items. The archive contains several boxes and binders of images of Libeskind's Cranbrook students' designs.

Other items in the archive include copies of his Cooper Union Thesis, Collage, 1970; the set of Venice Biennale competition books, 1985; Gedenkbuch Berlin 6 000 000, a Berlin Museum commemorative book; a musical score (roll 18**); and a videotape (box 52, f.2) featuring architectural critic Charles Jencks, mayor of Berlin Eberhard Diepgen, and Berlin Museum Director Rolf Bothe.

This collection does not include work after Between the Lines, 1992.

The papers are arranged chronologically by project date. Items within each project have been further organized by date.

Arrangement note

The papers are organized in 6 series:
Series I. Design projects: drawings, notebooks and models, 1979-1992;
Series II. Lectures, manuscripts, publications and student work, 1970-1990;
Series III. Correspondence, 1983-1992;
Series IV. Press clippings, 1990-1992;
Series V. Transparencies, ca. 1968-1990;
Series VI. Videotapes, 1980-1991

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