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Jan and Edith Tschichold papers, 1899-1979 (bulk 1920-1938)

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Finding aid for the Jan and Edith Tschichold papers, 1899-1979, bulk 1920-1938

Scope and Content of Collection

Correspondence between Jan Tschichold and his wife, Edith, and a number of artists, many of them figures associated with the Bauhaus, together with materials reflecting Jan Tschichold's career as a typographer and graphic designer. The collection includes letters, postcards, decorated envelopes, published books, sample graphic and printed works, flyers, menus, and invitations. Also included are newspaper and magazine clippings documenting the artists and their work.

A significant amount of material relates to El Lissitzky, including letters and postcards from El Lissitzky and his wife, Sophie Lissitzky-Küppers; photographs and prints; typographic designs for books and advertisements; printed books and articles by El Lissitzky as well as articles by Tschichold and others about El Lissitzky; and material relating to exhibitions of El Lissitzky's work. Large portions of the collection are also devoted to Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Kurt Schwitters, including correspondence, works by these artists, publications by and about them, clippings, and other printed ephemera.

Other individuals for whom the collection has related material include: Herbert Bayer; Walter and Maria Cyliax (née Krauss) and Gebr. Fretz, A.G.; Willibald Hahn and the Sächsische Lehrerverein; John Heartfield; Franz Hottenroth; Imre Reiner; Wladyslaw Strzeminski; Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart; and Piet Zwart.

Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.

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