Erwin Panofsky Correspondence with William S. Hecksher
Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
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Erwin Panofsky was a German Jewish art historian who emigrated to America and remains highly influential in the modern academic study of iconography.
The collection consists of Xerox copies of correspondence primarily between Panofsky and his student and fellow art historian William S. Hecksher, spanning the years from 1936 until Panofsky"s death in 1968. The letters--some in German, but most in English--discuss their varied interests in the art world, their long association with Princeton"s Institute for Advanced Study, and personal details on health, travel, and friends. Also present are copies of letters to and from Dora Panofsky; correspondence of Hecksher with Lola Szladits, David Coffin, and others after Panofsky's death; miscellaneous correspondence of Panofsky with Lise Lotte Miller, Lessing J. Rosenwald, Justus Bier, and others; and a few printed articles by and about Panofsky and Hecksher.
Originals are held by the Getty Museum (Archives) in Malibu, California.
The copies were a gift to the Princeton University Library from William S. Hecksher in 1985. (AM 86-62)
Folder inventory added by Feng Zhu '2014 in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
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The collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
Photocopying is allowed provided they state "Originals in Getty." However, permission of the Getty Museum, as well as permission from the owner of the literary property or copyright (Dora Panofsky), is needed for any quotation or publication. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
Receipients include Lessing J. Rosenwald, Tom Gerrit van Gelder, R. A. d'Hulst, Helmut Hatzfeld, Lotte Jacobi, Lucio Saffaro.Physical Description
Includes letters from Lotte Jacobi (Mrs. Erich Reiss), Justus Bier (North Carolina Museum of Art), R. V. Randall, and Carl Georg Heise from Germany.Physical Description
Includes calendar of lecture sessions given by Panofsky at the University of California.Physical Description
Includes obituaries.Physical Description