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Finding aid for the Richard Huelsenbeck papers, 1910-1978
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Richard Huelsenbeck papers
    Date (inclusive): 1910-1978
    Number: 910082
    Creator/Collector: Huelsenbeck, Richard, 1892-1974
    Physical Description: 1.25 linear feet (3 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Papers of German poet, Richard Huelsenbeck, who was involved with the Dada movement and edited several of its important journals. The collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, some photographs, clippings and catalogues.
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    Language: Collection material is in German

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Richard Huelsenbeck was a German poet, closely involved with the Zürich Dada movement, who introduced Dada to Berlin and edited several important Dada journals.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Richard Huelsenbeck papers, 1910-1978, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 910082.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1991.

    Alternate Form Available

    Correspondence available in photocopies.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    TheRichard Huelsenbeck Papers contain manuscripts by Huelsenbeck and Raoul Hausmann, correspondence to and from Huelsenbeck with some photographs, clippings and catalogues, and about 130 letters between other correspondents.
    The archive contains a rich file of letters written to Huelsenbeck from Erich Buchholz (ca. 95 items), George Grosz (ca. 50 items), Raoul Hausmann (ca. 175 items), Hannah Höch (15 items), Marcel Janco (10 items), Hans Richter (ca. 65 items) and Michel Seuphor (ca. 30 items) that date from 1912-1978 (bulk 1950s and 1960s) and contain discussions of current work and reputations, as well as recountings of pre-war Dada activities. There are also ca. 160 letters from Huelsenbeck to various correspondents, including about 15 letters to and from Hans Rudolf Hilty and ca. 20 letters between Huelsenbeck and Kurt Hiller. The letters date from 1930-1974, bulk 1950-1967. Within the Huelsenbeck correspondence files are ca. 50 pages of his writings in manuscript. The Hausmann file includes about 80 pages of his manuscripts, and the Richter file includes exhibition catalogues and Richter's script for Narcissus.
    The correspondence between others includes a lengthy file of Hausmann letters. In addition to his letters to Huelsenbeck, there are letters between Hausmann and Kurt Schwitters, 1946-64 (ca. 110 items), Hausmann and Elfriede Stegemeier, 1949-54 (ca. 30 items), Hausmann and Jan Tschichold, 1930 (20 items), and between Hausmann and Augustin Tschinkel, 1949-59 (20 items). There are also 4 letters from 1964 between Tristan Tzara and Werner Schmalenbach.

    Arrangement note

    The collection is arranged alphabetically.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Huelsenbeck, Richard, 1892-1974

    Subjects - Topics

    Art, Modern--20th century
    Assemblage (Art)
    Avant-garde (Aesthetics)
    Expatriate artists

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints
    Photographs, Original


    Buchholz, Erich, 1891-1972
    Grosz, George, 1893-1959
    Hausmann, Raoul, 1886-1971
    Hiller, Kurt, 1885-1972
    Hilty, Hans Rudolf
    Höch, Hannah, 1889-1978
    Janco, Marcel, 1895-1984
    Marc, Franz, 1880-1916
    Richter, Hans, 1888-1976
    Schmalenbach, Werner, 1920-2010
    Schwitters, Kurt, 1887-1948
    Seuphor, Michel, 1901-1999
    Stegemeier, Elfriede
    Tschichold, Jan, 1902-1974
    Tschinkel, Augustin
    Tzara, Tristan, 1896-1963