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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Ger 208.3

Walter Gropius additional papers


Essays and speeches of German architect Walter Gropius.


  • 1908-1937 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in German.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Autograph manuscript essays and speeches, printed pamphlets and handbills authored by Gropius with woodcut illustrations by Lyonel Feininger and possibly by Max Pechstein concerning contemporary art and architecture.

Biographical / Historical

Gropius was a German-born architect and educator, who founded and directed the Staatliches Bauhaus, Weimar in 1919; taught at Harvard, 1937-1952; and formed the Architects Collaborative in Cambridge, 1946.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

81M-94. Gift of Gropius, Ilse (Frank;received: 1981.

This collection of Gropius materials represents only a part of the personal archive of Walter Gropius. Upon his death his widow, Ise Gropius, arranged to have the collection divided into early and late papers. Both parts were photographed with funds provided by the Thyssen Foundation. The late papers, relating to Gropius' career after 1937, and the photos of the early ones, then came to the Houghton Library; the early papers and photos of the late ones went to the Bauhaus Archiv, then in Darmstadt, since reestablished in Berlin.

Processing Information

In 2020-2021, as part of a conscious and inclusive re-description effort, entries ) were updated to include a woman’s first name when identified.

Ilse (Frank) Gropius previously listed as Mrs. Walter Gropius.

Link to catalog
Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969. Walter Gropius additional papers, 1908-1937: Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

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