George Grosz papers
Correspondence, compositions, speeches, autobiographies and other papers of the German artist George Grosz.
- Majority of material found in 1919-1959
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English and German.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Extent18 linear feet (47 boxes)
Chiefly correspondence (in German and English) of the Groszes, with noted German and American artists and authors, family and friends, art galleries, etc. Major correspondents include the artist Otto Schmalhausen (424 letters) and poet Ulrich Becher (141 letters). Schmalhausen's letters, 1932-1958, describe Germany before and after the war, and contain several sketches, as do Grosz's letters, ca.1913-1957, to him. Also a considerable amount of correspondence with other political refugees from Germany, as well as friends and relatives who remained in Germany during the war years. Other materials, such as correspondence, students' class notes, and Grosz's lecture notes, reflect his teaching at the Art Students League. Compositions include notes and drafts of essays and articles on art, and of poems; speeches and texts of radio broadcasts; and autobiographies. Grosz's exhibitions are documented both in correspondence and printed material, such as exhibition catalogues, brochures, posters, and clippings. Biographical materials include Grosz family official documents, business papers, photographs of family and friends, and postcard collection.
Biographical / Historical
Grosz was a German-born artist who moved to the United States in 1933.
Organized into the following series:
- I. Letters to George Grosz
- II. Letters from George Grosz
- III. Letters to Eva (Peter) Grosz
- IV. Letters from Eva (Peter) Grosz
- V. Other letters
- VI. Compositions by George Grosz
- A. Compositions, 1924-1959 and [n.d.]
- B. Diaries, notebooks, address books
- VII. Biographical material
- A. Grosz family official documents
- B. Business papers, memorabilia, postcard collection
- C. Photographs
- VIII. Compositions by others
- IX. Clippings and printed material
Please note that several item numbers were inadvertently skipped in this finding aid. Numbering will not always be sequential.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
*82M-37. Gift of Martin O. Grosz and Peter M. Grosz; received: 1982.
- Grosz, George, 1893-1959. George Grosz papers: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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