Kate Traumann Steinitz (1889-1975) was an artist, art historian, librarian, and Da Vinci and Renaissance scholar. As an artist
and art historian, Steinitz maintained acquaintances and friendships with renowned German Expressionist and Dada artists such
as Kurt Schwitters as well as curators from influential institutions like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). As
honorary curator of the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana at UCLA, she was also a scholar and expert on Leonardo Da Vinci, frequently
delivering speeches and lectures on his life and works. She was also involved with a variety of other activities like advocating
for the creation of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA. Steinitz was involved with the activities of
the Belt Library, maintained multiple careers, and pursued a variety of interests until her death on April 7, 1975 at the
age of 85. This collection contains correspondence, administrative records, publications, research notes, lecture notes, and
exhibition records related to Steinitz' careers as honorary curator of the Belt Library of Vinciana and as an art historian.
The collection also contains a small sample of her artwork as well as personal records like travel diaries, family correspondence,
scrapbooks, and creative writing.
Kate Traumann Steinitz (1889-1975) was an artist, art historian, librarian, and Da Vinci and Renaissance scholar. Born in
Germany on August 2, 1889, Kate Traumann became enamored with art at the age of 11 after visiting a museum for the first time.
She took a beginners' course with Käthe Kollwitz before transferring to a school associated with the Berliner Succession.
In 1913, during a trip to Paris and after becoming acquainted with works in the Louvre Museum and works by Cubist painters,
she decided to pursue a career as an art historian instead.
51 Linear Feet
(117 boxes, 1 carton, 2 flat boxes, 2 shoe boxes, 1 map folder)
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