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MS Ger 146-MS Ger 146.3

Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956. Lyonel Feininger papers, 1883-1960: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Ger 146-MS Ger 146.3
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Lyonel Feininger papers
Date(s): 1883-1960
Quantity: 16 linear feet (32 boxes and 5 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: Correspondence between American born German artist Lyonel Feininger and his family and other correspondents, as well as musical compositions by him and his father Karl Feininger.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

62M-266. Gift of Feininger family; received: 1963.
62M-266A. Deposited by the Busch-Reisinger Museum Cambridge 38, Massachusetts ; received: 1963 June 30.
These papers were restricted during the lifetime of Mrs. Feininger.
78M-11. Gift of Mr. T. Lux Feininger, 22 Arlington Street Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140; received: 1979 January.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
MS Ger 146.1 was formerly restricted until Mrs. Feininger's death in 1970.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Lyonel Feininger Papers, 1883-1960 (MS Ger 146-146.3). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

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


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Scope and Contents

Chiefly correspondence of the Feininger family, between Feininger and his wife Julia (Lilienfeld) Feininger, their children, and other members of the Feininger and Lilienfeld families. Also a considerable amount of correspondence of Lyonel's father Karl Feininger, as well as about 40 musical compositions, essays, and other writings by him, chiefly on music.
Letters, 1939-1955, to Laurence Feininger from his parents contain many pen and ink drawings and woodcuts by Lyonel; Other correspondents represented in the collection include artists and architects, such as Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Rudolf Probst, Gerhard Marcks, and Walter Gropius; Alfred Hamilton Barr and others at the Museum of Modern Art; and German friends and family. Subjects range from wartime experiences in Germany, to exhibitions of the Blue Four.
Additionally, there are autograph manuscript musical compositions and an autobiographical sketch by Feininger as well as clippings pertaining to him, among other items. There are also transcripts (5 v., typewritten) of portions of the correspondence, prepared by Julia Feininger.

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