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MS Ger 206

Grosz, George, 1893-1959. George Grosz papers: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Ger 206
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Grosz, George, 1893-1959.
Title: George Grosz papers,
Date(s): 1893-1981 (inclusive) 1919-1959 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (18 linear feet (47 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: Correspondence, compositions, speeches, autobiographies and other papers of the German artist George Grosz.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*82M-37. Gift of Martin O. Grosz and Peter M. Grosz; received: 1982.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

George Grosz Papers (MS Ger 206). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Grosz was a German-born artist who moved to the United States in 1933.


Organized into the following series: Please note that several item numbers were inadvertently skipped in this finding aid. Numbering will not always be sequential.

Scope and Contents

Chiefly correspondence (in German and English) of the Groszes, with noted German and American artists and authors, family and friends, art galleries, etc. Major correspondents include the artist Otto Schmalhausen (424 letters) and poet Ulrich Becher (141 letters). Schmalhausen's letters, 1932-1958, describe Germany before and after the war, and contain several sketches, as do Grosz's letters, ca.1913-1957, to him. Also a considerable amount of correspondence with other political refugees from Germany, as well as friends and relatives who remained in Germany during the war years. Other materials, such as correspondence, students' class notes, and Grosz's lecture notes, reflect his teaching at the Art Students League. Compositions include notes and drafts of essays and articles on art, and of poems; speeches and texts of radio broadcasts; and autobiographies. Grosz's exhibitions are documented both in correspondence and printed material, such as exhibition catalogues, brochures, posters, and clippings. Biographical materials include Grosz family official documents, business papers, photographs of family and friends, and postcard collection.

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