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Finding aid for the Walter Horn papers, 1917-1989
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Research archive of the art historian Walter William Horn (1908-1995) comprises manuscripts, field notes, drawings, correspondence, publications, blueprints, photographs, slides, and negatives compiled during Horn's research of medieval timber-framed vernacular structures such as barns, halls, churches, and hospitals in England, France, and the Lowlands. Horn used much of this material in works written with his frequent collaborator, the architect Ernest Born.
Walter William Horn was born on January 18, 1908 and received his education in Germany, where he studied under Erwin Panofsky. In 1938, Horn joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley as a professor of architecture and art history. Horn specialized in medieval architecture and sculpture, and he devoted much of his career to the study of vernacular architecture. Horn served as Chair of the Department of History of Art from 1946 to 1974. Horn was also the Head of the U. S. Army Intelligence Unit, Monuments and Fine Arts Section after World War II (see Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution).
27.0 linear feet (69 boxes) + additions (circa 40 linear feet of unprocessed material)
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Open for use by qualified researchers, except for approximately 40 lin. ft. of additions received in 1998-1999 and not yet processed.