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Guide to the Sibyl Moholy-Nagy Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biographical Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Other Finding Aids
  • Separated Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sibyl Moholy-Nagy Collection
    Dates: 1909-1970
    Collection number: MS 43
    Creator: Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl
    Collection Size: 19 linear feet; 38 half cartons 2 flats
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: This collection includes correspondence, clippings, articles, typescripts, and photographs documenting architectural styles worldwide taken mostly in the 1960's by the architectural historian and critic Sibyl Moholy-Nagy. The images and articles relate to the history of architecture and were used to support Sibyl Moholy-Nagy's teaching. The material is arranged alphabetically by Moholy-Nagy's original code and subject divisions. Also included is an important group of periodicals and documents pertaining to the Futurist Movement in Italy. Along with the negatives of architectural subjects are 3 small collections of slides of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy's artwork, and a separate group of black and white photographs of his artwork from an exhibition in 1969.
    Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection:

    English

    German

    French

    Italian

    Spanish

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Sibyl Moholy-Nagy Collection. MS 43. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Hattula Moholy-Nagy Hug.

    Biographical Chronology

    1903 Sibyl Moholy-Nagy born Dorothea Maria Pauline Alice Sybille Pietzsche in Dresden, Germany. Birthdate also cited as 1905.
    1920's Marries, but soon separates from and then obtains a divorce from Carl Dreyfus.
    1929 Meets Laszlo Moholy-Nagy while working in the scenario office of the Tobis [Moving] Picture Syndicate in Berlin.
    1932 Marries Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.
    1934 Emigrates to the United States.
    1944 Her only published novel, Children's Children, appears.
    1946 Laszlo Moholy-Nagy dies of leukemia.
    1947 Assumes first full-time teaching position at the Institute of Design in Chicago.
    1948 Teaches for a year at Bradley University in Peoria.
    1949 Moves to California, where she teaches at the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design in San Francisco and at the University of California at Berkeley.
    1951 Returns back east to accept a position at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
    1969 Retires as full professor from the Pratt Institute.
    1971 Dies in New York Hospital (NYC) on January 8th, at age 67.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Includes correspondence, articles, typescripts, and photographs taken by the architectural historian and critic Sibyl Moholy-Nagy documenting architectural styles worldwide. The images and articles relate to the history of architecture, with special emphasis on the 20th century (for the most part secondary source material such as clippings and photographs) used to support her teaching. The material is arranged alphabetically by Moholy-Nagy's original code and subject divisions. Much of the material has been grouped in individual file folders devoted to specific architects (le Corbusier, Philip Johnson, Louis Kahn, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, and others), specific sites, historical periods and historical styles. Also includes an important group of periodicals and documents pertaining to the Futurist Movement in Italy, including early printings of the Futurist Manifestoes as well as issues of Il Futurismo, Le Futurisme and Futurismus. Along with the negatives of architectural subjects are 3 small collections of slides of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy's artwork, used by Sibyl Moholy-Nagy in her art classes. Black and white photographs of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy's artwork from an exhibition in 1969 are included as the last series.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, 1905--Archives
    Architecture--America
    City planning--History
    Vernacular architecture
    Moholy-Nagy, Laszlo, 1895-1946

    Other Finding Aids

    Related Material

    Separated Material

    For images related to Sibyl Moholy-Nagy's Pedagogical Collection at McHenry Library, please contact the head of the Visual Resource Collection.