Dietlinde Hamburger Collection of Carl Grossberg Papers, 1914-1999
- Majority of material found in 1926-1940, 1985-1992
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Extent6.5 linear feet (13 file boxes, 1 oversize folder)
As much of the material related to Grossberg are photocopies of original correspondence or similar materials, the processing archivist elected to date folders so that the dates reflect when the content of the original was created rather than when copies were made. Photocopies that do not indicate when the original material was created have been labeled “undated.”
The materials have been re-housed into archival folders and boxes. Containers and their contents have been kept in their original order, and materials that were kept in binders have been foldered and numbered to indicate that they represent a part of a larger whole (for example: “folder 1 of 2”). Original folder and container names have been retained where applicable; English translations of German titles have been included and written in brackets, as are artificially constructed titles for untitled folders/groupings. Researchers should also note that folder titles are not always accurate or reflective of content. In cases where the folder title and content differ significantly, a note has been added at the folder level. Most material is written in either German or English; materials written in additional languages have been noted at the folder level.
Post-It notes were employed by Hamburger in her notes and removed by the processing archivist for preservation; those that were used to cross-reference pages, contained comments, or could not be read by the processing archivist were preserved. Preservation photocopies of the notes have been inserted behind the appropriate originals.
Biography: Carl Grossberg
Grossberg moved to Sommerhausen in August 1921 and began residing in one of the medieval towers along the city wall, where he and his family would live until his death in 1940. He married Mathilde (Tilde) Schwarz in 1923, and together they had two daughters: Eva and Leonore, born in 1924 and 1927 respectively.
Grossberg’s early works consisted of urban cityscapes, architectural studies, and surreal factory scenes that he called his dream pictures (Traumbilder). His interest moved further into industrial themes by the late 1920s and would stay firmly within that realm until his death. Grossberg used this interest to supplement his income following the stock market collapse by fulfilling industrial commissions; notable commissioning companies include BEWAG Berlin (Berliner Städtische Elektrizitätswerke Akt.-Ges.), NORTA (Norddeutsche Tapetenfabrik Hölscher
Hamburger obtained her PhD in Art History from the University of Kassel in 1990 with a dissertation on the German artist Carl Grossberg titled Industrie and Imagination: Carl Grossberg (1894-1940) und die Neue Sachlichkeit. The dissertation is the most extensive work on Grossberg available and makes thorough use of his personal estate as well as interviews with Grossberg’s family, friends, and acquaintances.
Hamburger was a Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow for the Hirschhorn Museum from 1986 to 1987 and worked as the curator of the University of Toronto Museum of Art from 1997 to 2000. She authored and curated “Reclaiming a Lost Generation: The Feldberg Collection” (2002), co-authored Lyonel Feininger in Ribnitz und Damgarten (2016), and translated the book Crown and Veil: Female Monasticism from the Fifth to the Fifteenth Century (2008) from German into English.
Dietlinde Hamburger passed away in Belmont, Massachusetts in 2017.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Box and Folder Locations
- Box 1: 1-17
- Box 2: 18-30
- Box 3: 31-52
- Box 4: 53-61
- Box 5: 62-75
- Box 6: 76-91
- Box 7: 92-105
- Box 8: 106-124
- Box 9: 125-151
- Box 10: 152-183
- Box 11: 184-194
- Box 12: 195-205
- Box 13: 206-217
- Dietlinde Hamburger Collection of Carl Grossberg Papers (SC 30), 1914-1999: A Guide
- Harvard Art Museums Archives
- These papers were processed with the generous support of the Care of Busch-Reisinger Museum Collections Fund.
- EAD ID
Part of the Harvard Art Museums Archives Repository
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