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Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner papers, 1853-1977

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Creator:
Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold, 1880-1958
Subject:
Agnew, E. Colin
Aldrich, Chester Holmes
Altman, Benjamin
Bauch, Kurt
Belmont, Eleanor Robson
Bertoia, Harry
Bode, Wilhelm von
Culver, Charles B.
DeLauney, Guy
Eckardt, Wolf von
Feininger, Julia
Feininger, Lyonel
Ford, Henry
Friedlaender, Walter F.
Friedländer, Max J.
Giacometti, Alberto
Goldman, Henry
Graves, Morris
Gropius, Walter
Hamilton, Carl W.
Johnson, John J.
Lydig, Rita de Acosta
Marc, Franz
McIlhenney, John D.
Mendelsohn, Erich
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont),
Moser, Liselotte
Perzynski, M.
Rathenau, Walther
Redslob, Edwin
Rilke, Rainer Maria
Rivera, Diego
Rockefeller family
Sarre, Maria
Souvier, Albert
Thomas, Leonard
Wescher, Mary
Wescher, Paul Reinhold
Williams, C. F.
Wills, Helen
Detroit Institute of Arts
Duveen Brothers
J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles County Museum
North Carolina Museum of Art
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
6.9 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Collection is being processed and digitized and is CLOSED to researchers.
Summary:
Biographical material; correspondence; manuscripts and published writings; notebooks and notes; diaries; printed material; photographs and an etching.
Microfilm reels 272-276: Primarily correspondence. Correspondents include family, E. Colin Agnew, Chester Holmes Aldrich, William von Bode, Duveen Brothers, Max J. Friedlander, Walter Gropius, John Johnson, John McIlhenny, Erich Mendelsohn, M. Perzynski, Edi Redslob, the Rockefeller family, Maria Sarre, Albert Souvier, and C.F. Williams. Correspondence prior to 1920 concerns World War I and life in Germany; also included are essays and research notes on modern European artists; photographs of Valentiner and his family; and printed material.
Microfilm reels 3963-3967: Biographical material including a resume, a family history and family tree; correspondence with family, Kurt Bauch, Guy DeLauney, Walter Friedlaender, Henry Goldman, Liselotte Moser, Maria Sarre, Wolfgang von Eckardt, and Helen Wills; manuscripts of an autobiography, writings on art, and articles by Valentiner; notebooks and notes; diaries, 1884-1939; exhibition catalogs and clippings; scrapbooks; photographs, 1875-1965, of Valentiner, his family, Walter Friedlaender, Giacometti, Maria Sarre, Helen Wills, William von Bode, Diego Rivera, Harry Bertoia, and other artists and art work; and an etching of Heidelberg.
Citation:
Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner papers, 1853-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reels D31, 272-276, 2140-2144, and 3963-3967 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Reels 2140-2144: Originals in the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Related Materials:
Also in the Archives are papers lent for microfilming (reels D31 and 2140-2144). Reel D31 includes diary entries, 1914-1957, describing his service in the German army, 1914-1918, with the War Information Office in Berlin, the overthrow of the monarchy and German politics, relations between Germany and Russia and communist activity in Germany, the administration of Berlin museums and radical artists' activities, his work with the L.A. County Museum, Detroit Institute of Fine Arts, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and private collectors, impressions of friends, including Henry Ford, Carl Hamilton, the Hohenzollerns, Franz Marc, Rainer Maria Rilke, Walter Rathenau, Helen Wills, Benjamin Altman, J. Pierpont Morgan, and recollections of women art collectors, including Mrs. August Belmont, Rita Lydig, and Mrs. Leonard Thomas. Papers on reels 2140-2144 includes 26 diaries, 1904-1958; autobiographical writings; manuscripts and lectures by Valentiner; correspondence with family, friends, authors, museums, galleries, and dealers, including Harry Berotia, Charles Culver, Lyonel and Julia Feininger, Walter Gropius, Paul and Mary Weschler, and Morris Graves; and a scrapbook containing clippings, drafts of speeches, and invitations.
Biography Note:
Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner (1880-1958) was a museum director, writer, and art historian. Born in Karlsruhe, Germany. Director, Detroit Institute of Arts, 1924-1946, Director-Consultant, Los Angeles Museum of Art, 1946-1954, Director, Getty Museum, Santa Monica, California, 1954, Director, North Carolina Museum of Art, 1955-1958. Editor, Art in America, 1913-1931, and author of books on Dutch painting and modern sculpture.
Language Note:
Reel D31 portions are in German.
Provenance:
Papers on reels 272-276 & 3963-3967, and portion of material on reel D31, were donated in 1959. Papers on reels 2140-2144 lent for microfilming by the North Carolina Museum of Art, 1974.
Theme:
Diaries
Art Theory and Historiography
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Art museums
Art, Modern
Diaries
Museum directors
Museum directors
Museum directors
Photographs
Prints
Scrapbooks
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1914-1918
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13492
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209035
AAA_collcode_valewilh
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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