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Kurt Weitzmann Papers

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Weitzmann, Kurt, 1904-1993

Weitzmann left his native Germany in 1935 for Princeton where he spent the remainder of his life, at the Institute for Advanced Study as a permanent member (1935-1972) and as a professor in Princeton University's Dept. of Art and Archaeology (1945-1972). Weitzmann was also a visiting professor at Yale University and the University of Bonn, and he was associated with the Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies. His areas of scholarship included the history of Byzantine art, using studies of carved ivories, manuscripts, and icons, the history of manuscript illumination, classical monuments, medieval painting and sculpture, and Christian art and symbolism.

Consists of papers of Weitzmann. Included are correspondence and related files concerning the five expeditions (1958-1965) co-directed by Weitzmann to restore, photograph, and document the art of St. Catherine's monastery on Mount Sinai; general files of correspondence, 1930s-1980s; personal correspondence; copies of his correspondence with Adolph Goldschmidt and Goldschmidt's family; correspondence celebrating his 80th birthday (1984); course outlines, lectures, manuscripts and notes for various published works; and scrapbooks (1935-1991) of clippings and printed matter. Also present are papers and notebooks (1930s) kept by Weitzmann, Ernest T. Dewald, and Albert M. Friend for an uncompleted work on Byzantine marginal psalters, and an audiotape of an interview of Wietzmann conducted by Richard Driscoll. The majority of the correspondence and writings is in German.

This is an unprocessed collection and remains in its original arrangement.

17 boxes, 34 letter-file boxes, and 9 cartons are unprocessed.

Gift of Josepha Weitzmann-Fiedler.

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Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2002
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Collection Inventory

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43 boxes

Correspondence and papers about the expeditions to Mount Sinai (Egypt), 1958-1965. 4 boxes.
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4 boxes

"Weitzmann" correspondence, personal, 1940s-1960s. 2 boxes.
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2 boxes

80th birthday celebratory correspondence, 1984. 1 box.
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1 box

General correspondence, A-Z, 1960s-1980s. 15 boxes.
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15 boxes

General correspondence, A-Z, 1940s-1960s. 16 boxes.
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16 boxes

Scrapbooks, 1933-1991. 1 box.
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1 box

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Lectures, seminars, course outlines, works, 1940s-1970s. 4 boxes.
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4 boxes

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7 boxes

Correspondence files re: The Age of Spirituality, MOMA corresp. files, corresp. on symposiums & exhibitions, misc. corresp., 1966-1980. 1 box.
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1 box

General correspondence, P.U., summer travels, symposiums, Univ. of Chicago, B. Pollack, L. Hunsucker, etc, 1950s-1970s. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence, A-I (by name, subject, place or organization), 1950s-1990s. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence, I-P, 1950s-1990s. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence, P-W, 1960s-1990s. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence, S-Z & misc. corresp, 1960s-1990s. 1 box.
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1 box

Institute for Advanced Study corresp, 1935-1978. 1 box.
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1 box

Biographical & bibliographical information, 1970s-1980s. 1 box.
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1 box

Goldschmidt, Adolph (1863-1944) - copies of corresp. with Goldschmidt & his family (post 1944), originals returned to Josepha Weitzmann, 1929-1944. 1 box.
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1 box

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3 boxes

"Byzantine marginal psalters" project (never completed), 15 notebooks of AMs & TMs notes, mostly kept by Albert Mathias Friend (1894-1956), 1930s. 1 box.
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1 box

"Byzantine marginal psalters" project, 32 notebooks of notes & photostats kept by Ernest Theodore Dewald (1891-1968), 1930s. 1 box.
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1 box

"Byzantine Marginal Psalters" (project?), photostats of psalters & mss, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

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4 boxes

Correspondence, lectures & articles, 1930s-1980s. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence, lectures & course notes, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

Writings, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

Writings, clippings, audiotape of an interview of KW by Richard Driscoll, 1 phonograph record, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

Correspondence, circa 1950-1993. 1 box.
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1 box

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2 boxes

Correspondence with Josepha Weitzmann, 1930s. 1 box.
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1 box

Academic records, documents, passports, 1924-1955. 1 box.
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1 box

80th birthday greetings, photos, citations, awards, 1960s-1980s. 1 box.
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1 box

8 notebooks of lecture and course notes, circa 1955. 1 box.
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1 box

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