Kurt Seligmann papers
Scope and Contents
- 1883 - 1991
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
14 (Record Album Storage): Use of originals is restricted. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
20.93 Linear Feet ((40 boxes) + 1 record album storage, 1 broadside)
Kurt Seligmann (1900-1962)
Seligmann married Arlette Paraf in 1935. Paraf was the granddaughter of Nathan Wildenstein who founded the Wildenstein Gallery.
At the outbreak of the second World War, Kurt and Arlette Seligmann emigrated to the United States, ultimately settling on a farm in Sugar Loaf, New York. In addition to producing artwork, Seligmann taught at the New School and Brooklyn College, and designed costumes and sets for dance performances. He authored two books on magic: The History of Magic (New York, 1948) and R as Magic, Supernaturalism and Religion (New York, 1968), the latter was published posthumously.
Seligmann died at his home in Sugar Loaf, New York on January 2, 1962.
The finding aid for this collection is compiled from individual preliminary lists for each acquisition that were created at or around the time of receipt by the library. The preliminary lists were migrated to comply with current archival descriptive standards and merged into a single file in 2007-2008. As part of the migration, modifications were made to the formatting of individual lists; however, the content of the lists was neither modified nor verified.
As a rule, descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This collection includes materials previously identified by the following call numbers: Uncat ZA MS 424, Uncat ZA MS 542, Uncat MSS 22, and Uncat MSS 78.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Art -- Collectors and collecting -- United States
- Art, American -- 20th Century
- Artists -- Europe -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Artists -- United States -- 20th Century
- Artists, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Authors -- United States -- 20th Century
- Calas, Nicolas, 1907-1988
- Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976
- Courthion, Pierre, 1902-
- Donati, Enrico, 1909-2008
- Drawings (visual works) -- United States -- 20th Century
- Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-1985
- Duits, Charles, 1925-1991
- Duthuit, Georges, 1891-1973
- Etchings (prints) -- United States -- 20th Century
- Expatriate artists
- Federoff, George W., 1906-2001
- Kuh, Katharine, 1904-1994
- Ludgin, Earle, 1898-1981
- Léger, Fernand, 1881-1955
- Mabille, Pierre, 1904-1952
- Modernism (Art)
- Motherwell, Robert, 1915-1991
- Negatives (photographic) -- United States -- 20th Century
- Okamoto, Tarō, 1911-1996
- Ozenfant, Amédée, 1886-1966
- Paalen, Wolfgang, 1907-1959
- Paintings (visual works) -- United States -- 20th Century
- Photographic prints -- United States -- 20th Century
- Photographs -- United States -- 20th Century
- Sage, Kay, 1898-1963
- Seligmann, Kurt, 1900-1962
- Surrealism -- France
- Surrealist artists
- Tanguy, Yves, 1900-1955
- World War, 1939-1945 -- France
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees -- France
- Guide to the Kurt Seligmann Papers
- Under Revision
- by Beinecke staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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