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Kate Steinitz papers

Creator:
Steinitz, Kate Traumann, 1889-1975  Search this
Names:
Bauhaus  Search this
Berlinische Galerie  Search this
Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana  Search this
Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Art  Search this
Berg, Ilse  Search this
Chagall, Marc, 1887-  Search this
Gabo, Naum, 1890-1977  Search this
Graeff, Werner, 1901-1978  Search this
Grosz, George, 1893-1959  Search this
Höch, Hannah, 1889-1978  Search this
Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519  Search this
Lissitzky, El, 1890-1941  Search this
Mondrian, Piet, 1872-1944  Search this
Nebel, Otto, 1892-1973  Search this
Schwitters, Kurt, 1887-1948  Search this
van Biema, Carrie  Search this
Extent:
4.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Manuscripts
Journals (accounts)
Collages
Paintings
Greeting cards
Visitors' books
Travel diaries
Date:
circa 1910-2002
Summary:
The papers of artist, collector, librarian, and scholar Kate Steinitz measure 4.3 linear feet and date from circa 1910 to 2002. The collection documents Steinitz's life and career in Germany and the United States through biographical material; correspondence; writings, including manuscripts and travel diaries; exhibition files; personal business records; printed material; travel scrapbooks; artwork; and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of artist, collector, librarian, and scholar Kate Steinitz measure 4.3 linear feet and date from circa 1910 to 2002. The collection documents Steinitz's life and career in Germany and the United States through biographical material; correspondence; writings, including manuscripts and travel diaries; exhibition files; personal business records; printed material; travel scrapbooks; artwork; and photographs.

Biographical material consists of life and travel documents, various membership cards, news clippings, and memorial cards. Also included are letters of recommendation, a resume, and an award from the president of Germany.

Correspondence is with friends, family, colleagues, and various organizations. Artists represented include Carrie van Biema, El Lissitzky, Piet Mondrian, and others. Correspondence with arts organizations include San Francisco Museum of Art, Berlinische Galerie, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, and others.

Published writings by Steinitz include articles, books, and book reviews. Unpublished writings include two travel diaries and an illustrated journal, an autobiographical essay with a sketch of the Traumann family tree, manuscripts, lectures, poems, and notes. Writings by others include a guest register with sketches and comments by visitors, a memorial speech, biographical essays, and miscellaneous notes.

Steinitz's professional activities during her career as a librarian and curator of the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana are documented through published articles and books, informal reports, correspondence, scrapbooks, sketches, and photographs.

Files pertaining to exhibitions of Steinitz's artwork and collection are documented through three exhibition catalogs, correspondence, inventories, photographs, and printed ephemera. Materials related to the Schwitters-Steinitz Collection, which was compiled by Steinitz and is available at the National Gallery of Art Library in Washington, D.C., include a finding aid and photocopies documenting the exhibition Collaborative Works by Kate Steinitz and Kurt Schwitters from the Schwitters-Steinitz Collection (1994).

Personal business records include an appraisal of Steinitz's art and book collection. Documents pertaining to Steinitz's publishing activities include sales agreements and legal services rendered for the book Kurt Schwitters: A Portrait from Life (1968) written by Steinitz and contracts with Whitman Publishing Company for a children's book by Tom Seidmann-Freud.

Printed material consists of published illustrations and stationary by Steinitz; clippings about Steinitz, Kurt Schwitters, and others; reproductions of artwork; and miscellaneous invitations and announcements. Also found are three children's books written and illustrated by Tom Seidmann-Freud and a book of poems with an illustrated book jacket by Joachin Ringelnatz.

Steinitz's personal and professional trips to Europe are documented through six travel scrapbooks which include sketches, photographs, notes, and printed ephemera such as postcards, receipts, and maps.

Artwork by Steinitz consists of travel sketches and a mock-up sketch for the book Manuscripts of Leonardo da Vinci: Their History, With a Description of the Manuscript Editions in Facsimile (1948). Artwork by others includes miscellaneous sketches, prints, and paintings. Of note are greeting cards with prints by Werner Graeff and a collage by Otto Nebel.

Photographs and negatives consist of portraits and snapshots of Steinitz as well as family, friends, and artists. Photographs by Steinitz include a self-portrait and images of artists, artwork, and Bauhaus architecture. Photographs of Steinitz's apartments in Los Angeles include images of a Man Ray table that was given to Jake Zeitlin. Artists represented include Piet Mondrian, Naum Gabo, Kurt Schwitters, Hannah Höch, El Lissitzky, Marc Chagall, George Grosz, and others.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 10 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1915-1976 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1922-1998 (Boxes 1-2; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1921-2002 (Box 2; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 4: Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana, 1948-1989 (Boxes 2-3; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 5: Exhibition Files, 1939-2001 (Box 3; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 6: Personal Business Records, 1938-1993 (Box 3; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1913-2002 (Boxes 3-5; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 8: Travel Scrapbooks, 1966-1974 (Box 4; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 9: Artwork, circa 1928-1974 ( Boxes 4-5; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 10: Photographic Material, circa 1910-1979 (Boxes 4-5; 0.3 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Kate Steinitz (1889-1975) was an artist, collector, librarian, and scholar who worked in Berlin and Hanover, Germany and Los Angeles, California. Steinitz was born in Beuthen, Silesia, Germany, (now Poland) to Arnold and Magdelena Traumann; the family relocated to Berlin in 1899. From 1908 to 1911, Steinitz studied drawing and painting under Käthe Kollwitz and Lovis Corinth and attended lectures by art historian, Heinrich Wölfflin. While visiting Paris with her mother in 1912, Steinitz continued her studies at the Sorbonne and Académie de la Grande Chaumière.

Steinitz married physician, Ernst Steinitz in 1913. The couple had three daughters including Ilse, Lotti, and Beate. In 1917, the family moved to Hanover, Germany. Over the next 17 years, the Steinitz household served as a salon for visiting artists including Naum Gabo, Hannah Höch, El Lissitzky, and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. Visitors' notes and drawings from this era are documented in Steinitz's guestbook, Zu Gast bei Kate Steinitz, published by Galerie Gmurzynska in 1977.

Steinitz was most active as a fine artist while living in Hanover. Her paintings under glass were first exhibited in 1921 at Herbert von Garvens' gallery. Steinitz had her first solo exhibition in 1922 at the Gurlitt Gallery in Berlin. In 1926, her work was included in the International Exhibition of Modern Art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

Steinitz also collected art and her collection included artworks by El Lissitzky, Kurt Schwitters, László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Auguste Rodin, Otto Nebel, Franz Marc, and others. In 1925, she collaborated with German artist Kurt Schwitters and Dutch artist Theo van Doesburg on Die Scheuche Märchen, a typographic children's book published by Aposs and Merz Verlag. Steinitz and Schwitters also collaborated on Der Zusammenstoss, an opera libretto. Steinitz compiled an archival collection documenting Schwitters' life and career which was later acquired by the National Gallery of Art Library in Washington, D.C. in 1976.

As a journalist, Steinitz wrote about art and lifestyle topics for newspapers and magazines in Hanover and Berlin. Growing Nazi influences caused the family to leave Germany for New York City in 1936. As Chairman of the Art Committee of Friendship House, a cultural organization for refugees, Steinitz organized the New Americans (1939-1940) exhibition of paintings, drawings, and sculpture by European refugees at the World's Fair in New York.

After finalizing her U.S. citizenship in 1944, Steinitz relocated to Los Angeles where she resided for the remainder of her life. From 1945 to 1961, she served as a librarian for Elmer Belt's Leonardo da Vinci library. When Belt donated the library to the University of California, Los Angeles in 1961, Steinitz was named honorary curator of the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana. In 1969, Steinitz's literary contributions on Leonardo da Vinci earned her an invitation to deliver the lecture for the IX Lettura Vinciana in Venice, Italy.

The biographical information included here draws upon the following sources: Wilson Library Bulletin, Vol. 45 (1970) and Kate Steinitz: Art into Life into Art, exhibition catalog, Severin Wunderman Museum (1994).
Related Materials:
Kate Steinitz compiled a collection of archival materials about German artist and writer Kurt Schwitters and donated the materials to the National Gallery of Art Library located in Washington, D.C.
Provenance:
The Kate Steinitz papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1999 by Ilse Berg, daughter of Kate Steinitz.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Kate Steinitz papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
Librarians -- Germany  Search this
Art historians -- Germany  Search this
Librarians -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Illustrators -- Germany  Search this
Illustrators -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Curators -- Germany  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Private collections  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art historians -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Curators -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Germany  Search this
Dadaism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Manuscripts
Journals (accounts)
Collages
Paintings
Greeting cards
Visitors' books
Travel diaries
Citation:
Kate Steinitz papers, circa 1910-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.steikate
See more items in:
Kate Steinitz papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-steikate
Additional Online Media:

Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich : the Russian avant-garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922 / edited by Angela Lampe

Title:
Russian avant-garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922
Author:
Chagall, Marc 1887-1985 Works Selections  Search this
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941 Works Selections  Search this
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935 Works Selections  Search this
Organizer:
Lampe, Angela  Search this
Host institution:
Centre Georges Pompidou  Search this
Jewish Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Chagall, Marc 1887-1985  Search this
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich 1878-1935  Search this
Physical description:
285 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), facsimiles, portraits ; 25 x 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
History
Place:
Belarus
Vitsebsk
Soviet Union
Date:
2018
20th century
Topic:
Art--History  Search this
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)  Search this
Art, Russian  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1102977

El Lissitzky : the Jewish period / Alexander Kantsedikas ; general editor, Matthew Drutt ; edited by Yeshayahu Gruber ; catalogue photographs by Sergey Tartakovsky ; special assistance by Boris Chernyakov ; portions translated by Ludmila Lezhneva

Author:
Kantsedikas, A. S. aut  Search this
Editor:
Drutt, Matthew edt  Search this
Author:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941 Works Selections  Search this
Based on (work): Kantsedikas, A. S Elʹ Lisitaskiĭ  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
203 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Place:
Soviet Union
Date:
2017
20th century
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1095156

Für die Stimme

Author:
Mayakovsky, Vladimir 1893-1930  Search this
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Beilenhoff, Wolfgang  Search this
Physical description:
61, [40], 4 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Russia
Date:
1973
1923
Topic:
Visual poetry, Russian  Search this
Political poetry, Russian  Search this
Constructivism (Art)  Search this
Revolutionary poetry  Search this
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1070639

El Lissitzky: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, Russian  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF001828
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_140389

Wendingen : maandblad voor bouwen en sieren

Author:
Mees, Constantinus Alting 1894-1978  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959  Search this
Wijdeveld, H. Th. 1885-1987  Search this
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Berlage, Hendrik Petrus 1856-1934  Search this
Genootschap "Architectura et Amicitia" (Amsterdam, Netherlands)  Search this
Printer:
Joh. Enschedé en Zonen  Search this
Subject:
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959  Search this
Physical description:
12 v. : ill., plans ; 34 x 35 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1918
1931
Topic:
Art  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Call number:
N5 .W469
N5.W469
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_66092

Hon no kōseisha eru rishitsukī

Title:
Konstruktor knigi El' Lisitskii
Author:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Musashino Bijutsu Daigaku  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
133 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Russia (Federation)
Date:
2002
20th century
Topic:
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)--History  Search this
Call number:
N6999.L5 A4 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_743473

Almanach 1920-1930. 1, Poesie a život / redaktor: Stanslav Odvárko

Title:
Poesie a život
Almanach 1 pro poesii a život
Bookdesigner:
Odvárko, Stanislav  Search this
Book designer:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Odvárko, Stanislav  Search this
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
98 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Collections
Date:
1930
Topic:
Czech poetry  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Call number:
PG5025 .A44 1930
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_792462

El Lissitzky : beyond the Abstract cabinet : photography, design, collaboration / Margarita Typitsyn ; with contributions by Matthew Drutt and Ulrich Pohlmann

Author:
Tupitsyn, Margarita  Search this
Drutt, Matthew  Search this
Pohlmann, Ulrich  Search this
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Sprengel Museum Hannover  Search this
Museu d'Art Contemporani (Barcelona, Spain)  Search this
Museu Serralves  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
239 p. : chiefly ill. (chiefly col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1999
C1999
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.L773 T87 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_600408

Monuments of the future [computer file] : designs by El Lissitzky

Title:
Designs by El Lissitzky
Author:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Perloff, Nancy Lynn  Search this
Tadic, Linda  Search this
Getty Research Institute  Search this
Getty Research Institute Research Library  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Type:
Computer files
Exhibitions
Date:
2000
C2000
Call number:
N6999.L7
Electronic Resource N6999.L7
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_603454

El Lissitzky : Jenseits der Abstraktion : Fotografie, Design, Kooperation / Margarita Tupitsyn ; mit Texten von Matthew Drutt und Ulrich Pohlmann

Author:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Tupitsyn, Margarita  Search this
Drutt, Matthew  Search this
Pohlmann, Ulrich  Search this
Sprengel Museum Hannover  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
239 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1999
Topic:
Posters, Russian--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
TR647 .L57 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_623904

El Lissitzky, 1890-1941 : [exhibition] Museum of Modern Art, 12 June-10 July 1977

Author:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (Oxford, England)  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
42 p. : ill. (some col.), port. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1977
Call number:
N6999.L5 A4 1977
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_638877

El Lissitzky : 11 original gouaches for the Chad Gadya and 8 original designs for the Four Mathematical Processes; 6-31 March, 1979, Annely Juda Fine Art

Author:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Annely Juda Fine Art  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
[8] p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1979
Call number:
N6999.L5 A4 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639293

El Lissitzky : Ausstellung vom 9. April bis Ende Juni 1976 = exhibition from 9th April until end of June 1976

Author:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Galerie Gmurzynska-Bargera  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
164 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1976
C1976
Call number:
N6999.L5 G34
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_643935

Russia: an architecture for world revolution. Translated by Eric Dluhosch

Author:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
239 p. illus., plans, port. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Soviet Union
Date:
1970
[1970]
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Socialist realism and architecture  Search this
Arquitetura Moderna (Uniao Sovietica)  Search this
Call number:
NA1188.L77 E1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_644575

Frank Stella : illustrations after El Lissitzky's Had Gadya, 1982-84

Author:
Stella, Frank  Search this
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941 Had Gadya  Search this
Dolan/Maxwell Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
[56] p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1985
C1985
Call number:
NE539.S72 A4 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_647963

El Lissitzky, 1890-1941 : Retrospektive : Sprengel Museum Hannover, 24. Januar-10. April 1988 / [Katalog, Norbert Nobis ; Mitarbeit, Kai-Uwe Hemken ; mit Beiträgen von Christian Grohn ... et al.]

Author:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Nobis, Norbert  Search this
Hemken, Kai-Uwe  Search this
Sprengel Museum Hannover  Search this
Busch-Reisinger Museum  Search this
Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
310 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1988
C1988
Call number:
N6999.L5 A4 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_653154

Frank Stella, Had Gadya - after El Lissitzky : a series of prints, 1982-1984

Author:
Stella, Frank  Search this
Muzeʼon Tel Aviv  Search this
Subject:
Stella, Frank  Search this
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941 Had Gadya  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (various paging) : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
Topic:
Jewish art  Search this
Call number:
NE.539.S72.A4.1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_654709

El Lissitzky, 1890-1941 : architect, painter, photographer, typographer

Author:
El Lissitzky (1890-1941) : architect, painter, photographer, typographer (Exhibition) (1990 : Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, etc.)  Search this
Lissitzky, El, 1890-1941  Search this
Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum  Search this
Fundación Caja de Pensiones  Search this
Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
220 p. : ill. (some col.), facsims., port.s ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
C1990
Call number:
N6999.L5 S73 1990
N40.1.L773S812 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_656830

El Lissitzky: Sieg über die Sonne; zur Kunst des Konstruktivismus

Author:
Richter, Horst 1926-  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
[59] p. plates. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1958
[1958]
Call number:
NE2415.L5 R5
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_669263

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