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MS Ger 146.4

Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956. Lyonel Feininger photographs, 1896-1942: Guide.

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Last update on 2016 June 21

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: b
Call No.: MS Ger 146.4
Creator: Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956.
Title: Lyonel Feininger photographs,
Date(s): 1896-1942.
Quantity: 2 linear feet (6 boxes)
Abstract: Black-and-white photographs taken by Lyonel Feininger.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Elizabeth Falsey

Acquisition Information:

87M-86. Gift of Mr. T. Lux Feininger, 22 Arlington Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140; received: 1987 September.

Access Restrictions:

Restricted: fragile; use surrogate. For access to original consult curatorial staff.

Use Restrictions:

Images linked to this finding aid are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned and/or held by the Houghton Library, and is provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires the permission of the curator.


Copyright in these images is administered by Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Lyonel Feininger Photographs, 1896-1942 (MS Ger 146.4). Houghton Library, Harvard University.


Arranged into the following series:

Historical Note

Feininger was an American-born artist who went to Germany in 1887 and returned to the U.S. in 1936.

Scope and Content

531 black-and-white photographs taken by Lyonel Feininger. The photographs were identified, given titles, and arranged by T. Lux Feininger, the artist's son. Collection includes T. Lux Feininger's card index to this collection (item 532), from which the collection finding aid was produced; and some family photographs, including photographs of Lyonel's wife, Julia Feininger.

Related Collections

Lyonel Feininger: Photographs provides access to a searchable database of more than 18,000 negatives and slides housed in the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s Lyonel Feininger Archive. The site also includes slideshows, information about Feininger’s photographic subjects, and a chronology.


Muir, Laura. Lyonel Feininger Photographs, 1928-1939. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger; Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 2011.

Container List

NOTE: Item numbers from Lux Feininger's catalogue are appended to each entry.