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Finding aid for the Carl Ernst Hinkefuss papers, 1903-1970, bulk 1912-1933
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Series I. Professional papers, 1912-1969, undated

Physical Description: 37.9 linear feet (23 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Materials relating to Hinkefuss's professional career comprise Series I of the archive. The bulk of the material is examples of his graphic design work: assembled sample portfolios, hundreds of loose original designs, and letterpress print blocks. Also included here are materials related to Hinkefuss's publications, especially Qualität and Mein Vogelparadies. A small selection of professional correspondence, photographs of Hinkefuss's studio and displays of his work, and miscellaneous materials follows.

Arrangement note

The series is arranged in five groups: graphic design work, publications, correspondence, photographs and miscellaneous papers.

Graphic design work, 1912-1959, undated

Box 1*-9*

Reference portfolios, 1912-1931, undated

Scope and Content Note

The contents of two custom-made cloth boxes with the Hinkefuss logo. This set of reference portfolios is comprised of mounted samples and proofs of printed graphic art work by Deffke, by the Hinkefuss-Deffke partnership, Wilhelmwerk, and by the subsequent Hinkefuss studio, Internatio. Included are a broad range of commercial graphic design projects, from letterhead to advertisments, catalogs and promotional flyers to package design, as well as sample pages of Deffke and Hinkefuss publications.

Trademarks and logos, 1920-1926, undated

Scope and Content Note

Many designs are signed and numbered, and some bear an Internatio stamp; some designs are represented in alternate versions.
Box 15

Stamped "Internatio"

Box 10-14


Box 16, Folder 1

Wilhelmwerk ephemera, 1915-1920

Box 16, Folder 2

Internatio promotional materials, 1920-1933

Box 17-18

Letterpress print blocks, undated

Box 23*

Posters, 1946-1959, undated

Scope and Content Note

Two original poster designs and one printed copy.

Various commercial graphic design, undated

Box 16, Folder 4-6


Box 22*, Folder 1


Box 16, Folder 3

Later graphic artwork, circa 1950s

Scope and Content Note

Photographic reproductions of works, including propaganda posters of figures such as Karl Marx and Maxim Gorky, showing Hinkefuss's shift from his earlier abstract style to a much more realistic style, presumably more acceptable in the DDR at the time.

Publications, 1914-1933

Box 22*, Folder 3

Werbedrucke, 1914

Scope and Content Note

Bound set of partial proofs(?).

Qualität, 1920-1933

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of the complete run of the journal.
Box 19, Folder 1-6

Volume 1, 1920-1921

Box 19, Folder 7-12

Volume 2, 1921-1922

Box 19, Folder 13-15

Volume 3, 1922-1923

Box 19, Folder 16-20

Volume 4, 1925

Box 20, Folder 1-5

Volume 5, 1927

Box 20, Folder 6-10

Volume 6, 1928

Box 20, Folder 11-14

Volume 7, 1929

Box 20, Folder 15-16

Volume 8, 1930

Box 20, Folder 17-18

Volume 9, 1931

Box 20, Folder 19-20

Volume 10, 1932

Box 20, Folder 21-22

Volume 11, 1933


Ephemera, 1920-1933

Box 20, Folder 23


Box 22*, Folder 2



Mein Vogelparadies, 1929

Box 20, Folder 24

Unbound leaves

Box 21

Wooden toys

Box 20, Folder 25

Photographs of designs for a sequel volume

Box 22*, Folder 4

Neusilber-Bestecke, 1920s

Scope and Content Note

Proofs of cover illustration.
Box 16, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1930-1967

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence documenting Hinkefuss's failed attempts to restart his career within the DDR after World War II.
Box 16, Folder 8

Photographs of various Hinkefuss ateliers and displays, undated

Scope and Content Note

Also includes a small number of photographs of designs.
Box 16, Folder 9-12

Miscellaneous professional papers, 1951-1969, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes curriculum vitae, Verband Bildender Künstler Deutschlands membership materials, typescript compilation of reviews, and miscellaneous newspaper clippings.

Series II. Personal papers, 1903-1970, undated

Physical Description: 2.8 linear feet (4 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

A small quantity of personal papers, primarily visual material, forms Series II. Portraits of Hinkefuss, images of his studio, his friends and family, and various trips, as well as numerous picture postcards, comprise the majority of the series.

Arrangement note

The series is arranged in four groups: a eulogy, documents relating to Hinkefuss's political activity, photographs and postcards.
Box 24, Folder 1

Eulogy delivered at Hinkefuss's funeral, 1970

Box 24, Folder 2

Political activity, 1944-1946, undated

Scope and Content Note

Materials documenting Hinkefuss's political beliefs and activities, ranging from writings repudiating the Nazis to a later DDR political pamphlet.

Personal photographs, 1903-1957, undated

Box 25-26

Albums, 1910-1925, undated

Scope and Content Note

Many photographs removed.
Box 24, Folder 3-5

Loose photographs, 1903-1957, undated

Scope and Content Note

Some photographs were probably removed from the albums.
Box 27

Postcards, 1912-1944, undated

Scope and Content Note

Picture postcards sent to Hinkefuss, as well as souvenirs from Hinkefuss's travels, especially his trip to the United States in 1913.