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MS Ger 208.3

Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969. Walter Gropius additional papers, 1908-1937: Guide

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Ger 208.3
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969.
Title: Walter Gropius additional papers,
Date(s): 1908-1937 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in German.
Abstract: Essays and speeches of German architect Walter Gropius.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

81M-94. Gift of Mrs. Walter Gropius;received: 1981.
This collection of Gropius materials represents only a part of the personal archive of Walter Gropius. Upon his death his widow, Ise Gropius, arranged to have the collection divided into early and late papers. Both parts were photographed with funds provided by the Thyssen Foundation. The late papers, relating to Gropius' career after 1937, and the photos of the early ones, then came to the Houghton Library; the early papers and photos of the late ones went to the Bauhaus Archiv, then in Darmstadt, since reestablished in Berlin.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Walter Gropius Additional Papers, 1908-1937 (MS Ger 208.3). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Gropius was a German-born architect and educator, who founded and directed the Staatliches Bauhaus, Weimar in 1919; taught at Harvard, 1937-1952; and formed the Architects Collaborative in Cambridge, 1946.


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript essays and speeches, printed pamphlets and handbills authored by Gropius with woodcut illustrations by Lyonel Feininger and possibly by Max Pechstein concerning contemporary art and architecture.

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