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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, 1887-1985  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 Unpublished writings include two travel diaries and an illustrated journal, an autobiographical essay with a sketch of the Traumann family tree, manuscripts, lectures,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.

Missing Title

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.

Kate Traumann Steinitz papers are also located at UCLA Library Special Collections.
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 Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Librarians -- Germany  Search this
Art historians -- Germany  Search this
Librarians -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Art historians -- 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
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
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Kate Steinitz papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c048e0ef-0901-463d-89c4-3b7cebdff828
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-steikate
Online Media:

El Lissitzky : Revolution und Avantgarde / Kai-Uwe Hemken

Author:
Hemken, Kai-Uwe  Search this
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
211 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
C1990
20th century
Topic:
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)--History  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.L773 H4 1990
N40.1.L773H4 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_414281

El Lissitzky: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
1 folder
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, Russian  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF001828
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_140389

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

El Lissitzky : experiments in photography : [exhibition] April 17 to June 1, 1991

Author:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Tupitsyn, Margarita  Search this
Houk Friedman (Gallery)  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
52 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
C1991
Call number:
TR647.L776 H8 1991
TR647.L776H8 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_441832

El Lissitzky, life, letters, texts / Sophie Lissitzky-Küppers ; introduction by Herbert Read

Author:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Lissitzky-Küppers, Sophie 1891-1978  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
410 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Russia (Federation)
Date:
1980
1980, c1968
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.L773 L72 1980
N40.1.L773L72 1980
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_438700

Vešč', Objet, Gegenstand : Berlin 1922 : herausgegeben von Il'ja Ėrenburg, El Lisickij : Kommentar und Übertragungen : reprint 1994 = edited by Il'ja Erenburg, El Lisickij ; Commentary and translations / [publisher, Lars Müller ; Essay, Roland Nachtigäller, Hubertus Gassner]

Title:
Vešč' : Mezhdunarodnoe obozrenie sovremennogo iskusstva
Objet : Revue internationale de l'art moderne
Gegenstand : Internationale Rundschau der Kunst der Gegenwart
Author:
Ėrenburg, Ilʹia 1891-1967  Search this
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Nachtigäller, Roland  Search this
Hubertus, Gassner  Search this
Physical description:
3 v. : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1994
C1994
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Literature, Modern  Search this
Call number:
NX457 .V57 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_481394

El Lissitzky : der Traum vom Wolkenbügel : El Lissitzky, Emil Roth, Mart Stam / von J. Christoph Bürkle ; mit einem Beitrag von Werner Oechslin

Author:
Bürkle, J. Christoph  Search this
Oechslin, Werner  Search this
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Roth, Emil Exhibitions  Search this
Stam, Mart 1899- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
83 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
C1991
Call number:
N6999.L7 B95 1991
N6999.L7B95 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_444048

About two squares : in 6 constructions : a suprematist tale / El Lissitzky

Author:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Railing, Patricia More about two squares 1991  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Soviet Union
Date:
1991
1922
20th century
Topic:
Suprematism in art  Search this
Art--Political aspects  Search this
Art, Russian  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_414343

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, 1890-1941 : catalogue for an exhibition of selected works from North American collections, the Sprengel Museum Hanover, and the Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg Halle

Author:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Nisbet, Peter  Search this
Sprengel Museum Hannover  Search this
Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg  Search this
Harvard University Art Museums  Search this
Busch-Reisinger Museum  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
209 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
Soviet Union
Date:
1987
C1987
Topic:
Artists--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.L773 B9
N40.1.L773B9
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_350962

Dlia golosa / Vladimir Maiakovskiĭ ; konstruktor knigi Ėl Lisitskiĭ

Author:
Mayakovsky, Vladimir 1893-1930  Search this
Book designer:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
[2], 61, [1] pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
Type:
Specimens
Artists' books
Place:
Russia
Germany
Berlin
Date:
1923
1923]
Topic:
Visual poetry, Russian  Search this
Sound poetry  Search this
Political poetry, Russian  Search this
Constructivism (Art)  Search this
Political ballads and songs  Search this
Revolutionary poetry, Russian  Search this
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
PG3476.M3 D57 1923
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1029759

Utopia and reality : El Lissitzky, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov / [curators of the exhibition, Charles Esche, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov]

Title:
El Lissitzsky, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
Lissitzsky, Kabakov
Author:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Esche, Charles  Search this
Kabakov, Ilʹia Iosifovich 1933-  Search this
Kabakov, Emilia 1945-  Search this
Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Kabakov, Ilʹia Iosifovich 1933-  Search this
Kabakov, Emilia 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
3 v. : ill. (some col.), plans, ports. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2012
C2012
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1036616

El Lissitzky. Maler, Architekt, Typograf, Fotograf. Erinnerungen, Briefe, Schriften. Übergeben von Sophie Lissitszky-Küppers

Author:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Lissitzky-Küppers, Sophie 1891-1978  Search this
Physical description:
407 p. with illus. (p. 103-322 illus.) front. 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
Call number:
N6999.L7 L75
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_101180

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

Visions of totality : Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Theo Van Doesburg, and El Lissitzky / by Steven A. Mansbach

Author:
Mansbach, Steven A. 1950-  Search this
Subject:
Moholy-Nagy, László 1895-1946  Search this
Doesburg, Theo van 1883-1931  Search this
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 163 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1980
C1980
20th century
Topic:
Arts, Modern  Search this
Aesthetics, Modern  Search this
Call number:
NX456 .M35 1979X
NX456.M35 1979X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_127384

El Lissitzky : "Proun 30t" von 1920 / Sprengel Museum Hannover. [Hrsg. von der Kulturstiftung der Länder in Verbindung mit dem Sprengel Museum Hannover. Redaktion: Dietmar Elger, Joachim Fischer ; Autoren: Ulrich Krempel...[et al.]]

Author:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Krempel, Ulrich  Search this
Elger, Dietmar  Search this
Sprengel Museum Hannover  Search this
Kulturstiftung der Länder (Germany)  Search this
Subject:
Lissitzky, El 1890-1941  Search this
Physical description:
35 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2000
Call number:
N6999.L5 A4 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_691687

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, 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

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