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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization of the Collection

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Contact Information

Series Level Descriptions

1 - Correspondence: 1968-2002, predominant 1990-1996.

2 - Manuscripts: 1994-1997.

3 - Exhibitions: 1992, 1998.

4 - Magazine and Newspaper Clippings: 1987-2001.

5 - Miscellaneous: 1995.

6 - Video Recordings: 1992.

Box List

SERIES 1 - Correspondence

SERIES 2 - Manuscripts

SERIES 3 - Exhibitions

SERIES 4 - Magazine and Newspaper Clippings

SERIES 5 - Miscellaneous

SERIES 6 - Video Recordings

National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives

Andreas Feininger fonds:

Finding Aid



Collection Summary

Title: Andreas Feininger fonds.
Dates: - 1968-2001, predominant 1989-1997
Quantity: - 51.8 cm of textual records, 113 photographs and 4 videocassettes.

Biographical Sketch

Andreas Feininger, an American architect, photographer and writer was born on December 27, 1906 in Paris, France, the first son of Julia and Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956), an American painter and Bauhaus instructor. Educated in Germany, Feininger studied cabinet making at the Bauhaus in Weimar in 1922, and architecture at the Bauschule in Weimar and the Staatliche Bauschule in Zerbst, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1928. During these early years, Feininger taught himself photography, and later, how to craft his own photographic equipment, like his super-telephoto and super-close-up cameras. Feininger began exhibiting his photographs with the landmark exhibition Film und Foto organized by the German Werkbund in Stuttgart in 1929. In 1933, after working as an architect for several years in Germany and France, Feininger moved to Stockholm Sweden, where he married Gertrud "Wysse" Hägg and welcomed the birth of his son, Tomas (b. 1935). Unable to find work as an architect, Feininger began working as freelance photographer for several major architectural firms in Stockholm. Feininger also began writing technical articles about photography, and in 1934 he published his first technical instruction book, Menschen vor der Kamera. He published eight books between 1934 and 1939.

In 1939 Feininger and his family moved to the United States and settled in New York City. Feininger found a job as a photojournalist for Black Star Agency (1940-41), and later as a staff photographer at LIFE magazine (1942-1962). Feininger continued with his photographic career as a freelance photographer (1963-1986) and by publishing technical, theoretical, and artistic books on photography. Over the course of his career, Feininger wrote over 50 published books which have been translated into thirteen languages worldwide. His work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, MoMa, the PENTAX Forum, LACMA, the National Gallery of Canada and in museums around the world. Feininger was awarded two lifetime achievement awards for his photographic career from the American Society of Magazine Photographers (1986) and the International Center of Photography (1991). He died in 1999 at the age of 92 years old.

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Scope and Content

The fonds illustrates Andreas Feininger's career and interests as a writer and photographer in the United States of America in the late-twentieth century. Textual records in the fonds consist of correspondence relating to Feininger's writing and book publishing projects; correspondence concerning exhibitions and requests for image permissions; unpublished manuscripts written by Feininger in the 1990s; magazine and newspaper clippings relating to Feininger's career; and guest books and photographs from the vernissages of exhibitions of Feininger's photographs at the PENTAX Forum in Japan and the Bauhaus-Archiv in Germany. Video recordings in the fonds consist of an unedited video interview with Andreas Feininger in two parts; a recorded video of visitors in the Feininger PENTAX Works exhibition at the PENTAX Forum in Tokyo; and a short documentary on Feininger's life and photographs.

Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of fonds.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated to the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives by the Estate of Gertrud Feininger in 2009.

Language: Text is mainly in English. Some items are in German, Japanese and French.

Terms governing use: For permission to reproduce or publish material from the Andreas Feininger fonds, a written request must be made to the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.

Associated material: The Andreas Feininger Archive is held at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

Related material: The photography collection of the National Gallery of Canada includes 257 photographic works by Feininger.

Finding aids: Series level descriptions and box list available.

Accruals: No further accruals are expected.

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Organization of the Collection

This collection is organized into 6 series.
Series 1 - Correspondence, 1968-2002, predominant 1990-1996.
Series 2 - Manuscripts, 1994-1997.
Series 3 - Exhibitions, 1992, 1998.
Series 4 - Magazine and newspaper clippings, 1987-2001.
Series 5 - Miscellaneous, 1995.
Series 6 - Video Recordings, 1992.

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Index Terms

Names:
Feininger, Andreas, 1906-1999
Document Types:
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Manuscripts.
Videocassettes.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The fonds was acquired from the Estate of Gertrud Feininger in 2009. Gertrud Feininger came into possession of the fonds after the death of her late husband, Andreas Feininger.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid prepared by Danuta Sierhuis in 2015.

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], Andreas Feininger fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.

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Contact Information

Reader Services, Library and Archives
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
P.O. Box 427, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9N4
 
T 613-998-8949
F 613-990-9818
 
erefel@gallery.ca 


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Series Level Descriptions

Correspondence. - 1968-2002, predominant 1990-1996. - 6.5 cm of textual records, 3 photograph.

Series consists largely of letters received by Feininger and a few carbon copies of his outgoing correspondence. The bulk of the correspondence is comprised of letters from Feininger's publishers in Germany and from around the world about image permissions, layout, and the publication of his monographs. The PENTAX Exhibition file contains letters from the PENTAX Forum concerning an exhibition of Andreas Feininger's PENTAX photographs and the layout of its associated catalog. The Re: Lyonel Feininger file contains letters concerning an exhibition of Lyonel Feininger's paintings and requests for permissions to reproduce his works and a photograph of Lyonel by Andreas Feininger for a publication. The material in the Exhibition Essay file relates to a biographical exhibition essay about Andreas Feininger written for Exiles and Emigres, a major exhibition at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) sent to Feininger for his corrections. The International Publishers file also contains 3 contact sheets of Feininger's photographs that were included with a letter about the layout of one of his monographs.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Arrangement: Correspondence is arranged in reverse chronological order. All correspondence after 1999 is addressed to Andreas Feininger's wife, Gertrud Wysse Feininger.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Manuscripts - 1994-1997. - 13 cm of textual records.

Series consists of several manuscripts of Andreas Feininger's monographs on photography, some with handwritten corrections or notations by Feininger and other editors. All of the titles in this series were eventually published. The material in the Essence of Photography files are the English translations of the German text, Das ist Fotografie (1995) by Andreas Feininger.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Language: Text is mainly in English. A few items are in German.
Arrangement: Manuscripts are arranged in reverse chronological order.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Exhibitions - 1992 - 9.5 cm of textual records and 110 photographs.

Series consists of five guest books and photographs from the opening of Feininger's PENTAX Works exhibition (1992) at PENTAX Forum in Tokyo, Japan, and documents and photographs from the Bauhaus exhibition (1998) in Berlin, Germany.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Language: Text is in Japanese and German.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Magazine and newspaper clippings. - 1987-2001. - 15.3 cm of textual records.

Series consists of photocopied magazine articles, part of a magazine, and a bound collection of exhibition press reviews. The photocopied magazine articles highlight Andreas Feininger's career as a photographer and as a writer; one article is written by Feininger. The magazine relates to the artwork of Lyonel Feininger and Andreas Feininger. The collection of press reviews concerns exhibitions of Feininger's works, such as Feininger: Vater und Söhne (2001), America Yesterday: Fotografien von Andreas Feininger (2001), and Andreas Feininger: Photographs 1928-1988 (1988).
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Arrangement: Magazine and newspaper clippings are arranged in reverse chronological order.
Language: Text is mostly in English and German. A few items are in French.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Miscellaneous. - 1995. - 2 cm of textual material, 1 photocopied sketchbook and 2 calendar books.

Series consists of photocopies of 60 sketches given to Andreas Feininger by his father Lyonel Feininger, two calendar books from 1995 and 1996 featuring Feininger's photographs of New York in the 1940s, and the catalog of materials related to Andreas Feininger at George Eastman House, an international museum of photography and film. The sketches mainly feature drawings from the travels of Lyonel Feininger, and there is an inscription written by Feininger on the first page. Both of the calendar books have an inscription written by Feininger to his wife, Wysse Feininger.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Arrangement: Miscellaneous materials are arranged in reverse chronological order.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Video Recordings - 1992. - 4 videocassettes.

Series consists of four videocassettes. Included is an unedited interview with Andreas Feininger in two parts; a short documentary about Feininger's life and photographs; and a recorded video of people looking at the photographs in Feininger's PENTAX Works exhibited at the PENTAX Forum in Tokyo.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Language: Video recordings are mostly in English. Some items are in German and Japanese.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Detailed Description of the Collection


Box List

Series 1 - Correspondence

Box Folder
Box 1 File 1 Sales, 1997-1998
File 2 Wall Calendar, 1995-1996
File 3 German Publisher, v.1, 1995-1996
File 4 German Publisher, v.2, 1995-1996
File 5 Exhibition Essay, 1994
File 6 PENTAX Exhibition, 1991-1992
File 7 International Publishers, 1979-1992, predominant 1986, 1990-1992
File 8 RE: Lyonel Feininger, 1971-1990, predominant 1988-1990
File 9 Miscellaneous, 1985-2002

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Series 2 - Manuscripts

Box Folder
Box 1 File 10 Why I Photograph (in English), Copy 1, 1997
File 11 Why I Photograph (in English), Copy 2, 1997
File 12 Why I Photograph (in English), Copy 3, 1997
Box 2 File 1 Why I Photograph (in German), Copy 4, v.1, 1997
File 2 Why I Photograph (in German), Copy 4, v.2, 1997
File 3 Why I Photograph (in German), Copy 5, 1997
File 4 The Essence of Photography, Copy 1, 1994
File 5 The Essence of Photography, Copy 2, 1994-1995
File 6 The Essence of Photography, Copy 3, 1994
File 7 New York in the Eighties, 1994

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Series 3 - Exhibitions

Box Folder
Box 2 File 8 München, Bauhaus Exhibition, 1998
Box Folder
Box 3 File 1 Feininger's PENTAX Works Exhibition Photographs, v.1, 1992
File 2 Feininger's PENTAX Works Exhibition Photographs, v.2, 1992
File 3 Feininger's PENTAX works (in Japanese), v.1, 1992
File 4 Feininger's PENTAX works (in Japanese), v.2, 1992

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Series 4 - Magazine and newspaper clippings

Box Folder
Box 3 File 5 Magazine and Press Reviews, 1988-2001
File 6 Photocopies of Magazine Articles, 1987-1998
File 7 Photographs: 1928-1988, Copy 1, v.1, 1988-1998
Box Folder
Box 4 File 1 Photographs: 1928-1988, Copy 1, v.2, 1988-1998
File 2 Photographs: 1928-1988, Copy 2, 1928-1988
File 3 America Yesterday, 2001-2003

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Series 5 - Miscellaneous

Box Folder
Box 4 File 4 Calendar Book, 1996
File 5 Calendar Book, 1995
File 6 George Eastman House Catalog, 1995
File 7 Photocopies of Lyonel Feininger Sketches, 1995

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Series 6 - Video Recordings

Box
Box 5 Feininger Interview, The Research Center, Time Inc. - 13 January 1992. - 2 videocassettes (ca. 2 hr. 30 min. 13 sec.)
Andreas Feininger, NTSC. - 1 videocassette (ca. 15 min. 34 sec.)
Feininger's PENTAX Works No. 2. - 1992. - 1 videocassette (ca. 14 min. 45 sec.)

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