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Finding aid prepared by the Museum Archives.
Machine-readable finding aid derived from paper original, 2007. Machine-readable finding aid created by Kathleene Konkle. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt
Title: Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt Papers
Quantity: 8 boxes

Arrangement

The Papers are organized into four Series:
Series 1: Personal Papers.
Series 2: Art and Government in Postwar Germany and in the United States.
Series 3: Theodor and Woty Werner.
Series 4: Monthly Field Reports from three Offices of Military Government


Biographical Note

Dr. Hellmut E. Lehmann-Haupt (1903-1992) was born in Berlin and educated at the Universities of Berlin, Vienna and Frankfurt where he concentrated on the fine arts and early book illustration. Coming to the U.S. in 1929, Lehmann-Haupt was named curator of the rare book department of Columbia University Library the following year. He became a widely published bibliography expert and author with over 200 titles to his credit. In 1950 he became chief bibliography expert for H.P.Kraus in New York city. (digest of New York Times obituary, 12 March 1992).

The papers reveal that during the Second World War Lehmann-Haupt served as civil Arts Liaison Administration Officer (Nov. 1946-Feb. 1948) and, in March 1948, Art Intelligence Coordination Officer.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The records are open for research and contain no restricted materials.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt Papers are the physical property of The Museum of Modern Art. Literary rights, including copyright belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Rights to work produced during the normal course of Museum business resides with The Museum of Modern Art. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archivist.


Administrative Information

Provenance

The collection was a gift of Hellmut E. Lehmann-Haupt to The Museum of Modern Art Library, December 1965.

Preferred Citation

Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt Papers, [series.folder], The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.


Additional Descriptive Data

Explanation of Abbreviations

ALS is an Autographed Letter Signed.
TLS is a Typed Letter Signed.
TL stands for Typed Letter.
MoMA is The Museum of Modern Art.
n.d. stands for no date.
re: stands for regarding.


Container List

 

Series 1: Personal Papers

Personal papers, clippings, publications, etc. relating to the impact of the Nazi and Soviet governments on art and artists during and immediately following World War II, ca. 1933-1950. Partially acquired while serving in the United States military, the papers provide documentary support for Lehmann-Haupt's book Art Under A Dictatorship (Oxford University Press: 1954).

Folder Title Date
1.1 "Soviet Art '48"

Clippings and scrapbook pages

1.2 "Soviet Zone"
1.3 "Henry Korner 1947"

"Henry Korner 1947" "Fragenbogen aus der Henry Koerner Austellung" Berlin: 1947

1.4 "Fuhrer-Auftrag 1943"

Fuhrerauftrag fur Farbaufnahman 1943

Kunstdienst, 1944

Aufnahme verfahren, 1943

1.5 "Documents and reports/Monument, Fine Arts & Archives 1947-1950"
1.6 "Pictures"
1.7 "Ahnenerbe 1947-1945"

Includes 2 copies of mimeographed report by Lehmann-Haupt: "Cultural Looting of the 'Ahenenerbe'," Berlin: March 1, 1948

1.8 Scrapbook pages of newpaper clippings 1947-1948
1.9 Scrapbook pages of newpaper clippings 1947-1948
1.10 Scrapbook pages of newpaper clippings 1947-1948
1.11 Scrapbook pages of newpaper clippings 1947-1948
1.12 Scrapbook pages of newpaper clippings 1947-1948
1.13 "Misc. post-war Clippings 1948-1950"
1.14 "Art Life in Germany 1945-1948"
1.15 "Germany: post 1950"
1.16 "Art in post-war Berlin"
1.17 "Architecture 1938-1941"
1.18 "Individual Artists"

[Josef] Thorak
[Ernst-Wilhelm] Nay
Hans Guchenberger (pseudo Dore)
[Georg] Kolbe
[Arno] Breker
Winifried Wendlaud
Arnold Busch
Karl Hofer
Schmidt-Rottluff

1938-1943
1.19 Germany Museums

"War Chronicle of the Berlin Museums 1946"

"German Museum and the War/A.Kormedi" 16p.

"The Problem of Germany 1944"

"Um die Freiheit des Geistes Berlind dun die Bildene Kunst, 1946/Gert H. Theunissen"

Documents & newspaper cuttings on art in post-war Germany

1.20 "Documents on 'Entartete Kunst' by Hitler, Goebbels, Rosenberg, etc.

"Lists of confiscated works from museum"

"List of works for the Luzern auction"

"List of works for the Mannheim auction"

"Schlussbericht uber die Entwicklung der Entartenten Kunst by Goebbels to Hitler"

"Reproductions of German art 1936-38"

"Misc. photostatic material 1933-36 (Rosenberg o.a.)"

1.21 "Haus der Kunst, Munchen, 1937: Opening speeches by Hitler, Gobbels and Prof. Ziegler…"

"Tag der deutschen Kunst"

"Olympishen Kunst 1940"

"? Partie-Mitglieds…? "

"Hitler-Zeichnungen"

"Liste von Kunstlern die ___? Der Entscheidjunq des Fuhrers vom Wehrdienst zu befreien sind"

"Correspondence Reichsteiter Borman und Dr. Posse, 1940" (Linzer Galerie, Watteau)

"Deutsche Allgemeine zeitung 1938, '39, '40"

1.22 "Reproductions of German art 1936-1938"
1.23 "Kunsthalle Bremen, 1934"

"Kunstverein, Breman, 1935"

"Regelstzung fur Kunstverein"

1.24 "Denazification documents 1946-1950"
1.25 Article on museum, collectors & artists in USA by Skutsch

Newspaper clippings on contemporary art, 1949

Architectural plans for Kunstmuseum Weimar (no date): ground plans, photos of model

Talk on Weimar Kunsthochschule

Article from Atlantic Monthly

ca. 1949
1.26 Hitler's talks at the Cultural Congress of Nuremburg

"The Fuhrer on the Value of Cultural Achievement" Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung 9/8/37

1.27 Newspaper clippings on contemporary art, sculpture, Mannheim Germany, etc.

Galerie Schuler (Berlin) newsletters

E. Barlach Society By-Laws, ca. 1947?

Newspaper articles, 1947, Munich

ca. 1950

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Series 2: "Art and Government"

Documentation related to art and government in postwar Germany, including letters from German artists, critics, museum directors, etc. written in the autumn of 1951.

Folder Title
2.1 Material for an unpublished chapter

"Nazi art policy in occupied Norway" (Originally planned to be included in Art Under a Dictatorship)

2.2 "Art under totalitarianism"

Text of Lehmann-Haupt's contribution to "The Contemporary Scene" symposium held at Metropolitan Museum, March, 1952.

2.3 Reports by Lehmann-Haupt to the Monuments, Fine Arts & Archives section of Military Government for Germany (U.S.)/Office of Military Government for Germany (OMGUS)
2.4 Original manuscript and typescript

Unpublished report on the results of a preliminary study of art and government in twentieth century democracies Submitted to the Rockefeller Foundation in 1957

2.5 "Art and Government in the United States"

Misc. documents collected by Lehmann-Haupt

2.6 "Art and Government in Postwar Germany"

Signed letters from German artists, critics, museum directors, etc. written to Lehmann-Haupt, autumn 1951

These letters formed the basis of an article published as "Letter to the Editor" in Magazine of Art, Feb. 1952.


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Series 3: Theodor and Woty Werner

Folder Title
3.1 Theodor Werner

Painter (1886-1968)
One file folder which includes photographs, letters, lecture notes, exhibition reviews, diary notes, exhibition catalog, etc.

3.2 Woty Werner

Textile designer, weaver (b.1903)
One file folder which includes photographs, letter, exhibition catalogue


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Series 4: Monthly Field Reports from three Offices of Military Government

Folder Title Date
4.1 Office of Military Government for Hesse, Wiesbaden, Germany/Economics Division (APO 633) 1947-1948
4.2 Office of Military Government for Bavaria/Monuments, Fine Arts & Archives (APO 407) 1947-1948
4.3 Office of Military Government Land WlirttembergBaden (APO 154) 1947-1948

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Box and Folder List

File numbers marked by an asterisk (*) indicate oversize material that have been separated to the end of the collection.
Researchers should include the asterisk when issuing a request for such material.
Box Series Folder
1 1 1.1-1.7
2 1 1.8-1.10
3 1 1.11-1.12
4 1 1.13-1.16
5 1 1.17-1.21
6 1 1.22-1.27
7 3-4 2.1-3.2
8 1 4.1-4.3


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