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Finding aid for the Jan and Edith Tschichold papers, 1899-1979, bulk 1920-1938
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jan and Edith Tschichold papers
    Date (inclusive): 1899-1979 (bulk 1920-1938)
    Number: 930030
    Creator/Collector: Tschichold, Edith
    Creator/Collector: Tschichold, Jan, 1902-1974
    Physical Description: 3.0 linear feet (8 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: German typographer and graphic designer. Correspondence between Jan Tschichold and his wife Edith and with a number of other artists, including Josef Albers, Herbert Bayer, John Heartfield, El Lissitzky, László Moholy-Nagy, Kurt Schwitters, and Piet Zwart. Collection includes printed ephemera and clippings. A significant number of letters and printed materials relate to El Lissitzky. The bulk of the collection is dated 1920-1938.
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    Language: Collection material is in German

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

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    Preferred Citation

    Jan and Edith Tschichold papers, 1899-1979, bulk 1920-1938, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 930030.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1993.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Correspondence between Jan Tschichold and his wife, Edith, and a number of artists, many of them figures associated with the Bauhaus, together with materials reflecting Jan Tschichold's career as a typographer and graphic designer. The collection includes letters, postcards, decorated envelopes, published books, sample graphic and printed works, flyers, menus, and invitations. Also included are newspaper and magazine clippings documenting the artists and their work.
    A significant amount of material relates to El Lissitzky, including letters and postcards from El Lissitzky and his wife, Sophie Lissitzky-Küppers; photographs and prints; typographic designs for books and advertisements; printed books and articles by El Lissitzky as well as articles by Tschichold and others about El Lissitzky; and material relating to exhibitions of El Lissitzky's work. Large portions of the collection are also devoted to Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Kurt Schwitters, including correspondence, works by these artists, publications by and about them, clippings, and other printed ephemera.
    Other individuals for whom the collection has related material include: Herbert Bayer; Walter and Maria Cyliax (née Krauss) and Gebr. Fretz, A.G.; Willibald Hahn and the Sächsische Lehrerverein; John Heartfield; Franz Hottenroth; Imre Reiner; Wladyslaw Strzeminski; Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart; and Piet Zwart.

    Arrangement note

    Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Lissitzky, El, 1890-1941
    Tschichold, Jan, 1902-1974

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies


    Subjects - Topics

    Graphic design

    Genres and Forms of Material



    Bayer, Herbert, 1900-1985
    Cyliax, Maria
    Cyliax, Walter
    Fuchs, Bohuslav, 1895-1972
    Gebr. Fretz (Firm)
    Hahn, Willibald
    Heartfield, John, 1891-1968
    Hottenroth, Franz
    Lissitzky, El, 1890-1941
    Moholy-Nagy, László, 1895-1946
    Reiner, Imre, 1900-1987
    Rossmann, Zdenĕk
    Schwitters, Kurt, 1887-1948
    Strzemiński, Władysław, 1893-1952
    Swart, Piet
    Sächsische Lehrerverein
    Vordemberge-Gildewart, Friedrich, 1899-1962
    Vydra, Josef, 1884-1959