The collection is arranged as 4 series: Series 1: Correspondence, 1921-1978, undated (Boxes 1-16; 16 linear ft.; Reels 2108- 2128) Series 2: Writings, 1915-1968, undated (Boxes 17-19; 2.3 linear ft.) Series 3: Biographical Information, 1905-1967 (Boxes 19-21; 0.5 linear ft.) Series 4: Printed Material, 1904-1990, undated (Box 19; 0.5 linear ft.)
Access Note / Rights:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy. Use of the unmicrofilmed portion requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
The papers of Erwin Panofsky measure 19.8 linear feet and are dated 1904-1990 (bulk dates 1920-1968). They consist of correspondence, writings, biographical material, and printed material documenting Panofsky's career as an art historian, teacher, and writer. The Panofsky papers are comprised mainly of correspondence with colleagues, scholars, students, art dealers, galleries and museums, libraries, colleges and universities, organizations, and periodicals.
Erwin Panofsky papers, 1904-1990, bulk 1920-1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels 2108-2128 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
The Erwin Panofsky papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. The donor, Gerda Panofsky, owns copyright, where applicable.
Among the Archives' holdings is a collection of letters from Erwin Panofsky to art historians Wolfgang Stechow (1930-1931) and Lili Fröhlich-Bum (1931), and to Brooklyn Museum art librarian William B. Walker (1960) which is available on 35-mm microfilm reel 5136, frames 812-824. The letters to Stechow were written as he was preparing a review of Panofsky's book, <em>Hercules am Scheidewege und andere antike Bildstoffe inder neueren Kunst</em>, and provide additional information not found in the book itself. The letter to Mr. Walke is in Englishe, and the remainder are in German. The originals are still in the possession of Irving Lavin, who found them in Stechow's copy of <em>Hercules am Scsheidewege</em> given him by Mrs. Stechow.
Erwin Panofsky (1892-1968), a native of Hannover, Germany, grew up in Berlin where he received a classical education at the Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium. He then studied at the universities of Berlin, Munich and Freiburg/Breslau. After earning a Ph. D. in 1914 from the University of Freiburg, Panofsky spent three years on post-doctoral study in Berlin, and during this period, married fellow student and art historian Dorothea (Dora) Mosse.
English; German The records are in English and German. English; German
The Erwin Panofsky papers were donated by his widow, Dr. Gerda Soergel Panofsky, in 1979 and 1990.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001