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Guide to the East German art collection, 1946-1992
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Access Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: East German art collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1946-1992
    Collection number: M0772
    Extent: 21 linear ft. (ca. 1300 items)
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Purchased, 1995.

    Preferred Citation:

    East German art collection. M0772. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Historical note

    The collection was put together by Jurgen Holstein, a Berlin bookseller. He included different internal views of East German art including the central establishment and allied artists, socialist aesthetics, collections devoted to approved artists, unusual topics (postcards, science fiction), material culture, and artists active during the 1980s.

    Scope and Content

    Books, catalogs, posters, and ephemera documenting the history of East German art. The largest segments of the collection are KUNSTLERKATALOGE (411 titles), catalogs of exhibits held in East Berlin (174 titles), and catalogs of exhibits held elsewhere in the GDR (285 titles). The remainder of the collection is divided into thematic areas: Kunstgewerbe, Buchwesen und Gebrauchsgrafik, Plakatliterature, Foto un Film, Kunsttheorie und Kunst politik, Architektur, Plastik und Bildhauer, and Allgemeines, each with between 27 and 98 titles.

    Access Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Art, Modern--East Germany--20th century.