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William A. Speck collection of Goetheana : original artwork

 Collection
Call Number: YCGL MSS 26
Scope and Contents
The Speck Collection of Goetheana: Original Artwork is an artificial collection comprising original artwork that came to Yale from various sources, mostly during the Speck Collection’s early decades. It includes some of the Collection’s best-known holdings, including an anonymous silhouette made of Goethe in 1786 as well as original sketches and engravings by Goethe. Other artists represented include Wilhelm von Kaulbach, Georg Melchior Kraus, Johann Heinrich Lips, and Moritz Retzsch.

Facsimiles of several of the items listed here were included in Goetheana: A centenary portfolio of forty-three facsimiles and reproductions of unique or rare items from the William A Speck Collection of Goetheana, published by the Yale University Press in 1932. These facsimiles are not marked as such and can be difficult to distinguish from the originals. The brochure that accompanied the facsimiles contains sometimes dated commentary on each item. Three of the items were published in the series Facsimiles and Reproductions of Unique or Rare Items from the William A. Speck Collection of Goetheana in Yale University Library (Yale University Press, 1915-32). The existence of facsimiles is indicated in the list of collection contents.
Language of Materials
Chiefly in German; some materials in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The William A. Speck Collection of Goetheana: Original Artwork is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Acquired at various times and from various sources.
Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by name of artist.
Associated Materials
Associated Materials: William A. Speck Collection of Goetheana: Manuscripts (YCGL MSS 6), William A. Speck Collection of Goetheana: Music (YCGL MSS 9), and William A. Speck Collection of Prints (YCGL MSS 11), William A. Speck collection of Goetheana: Theater Ephemera (YCGL MSS 24), and William A. Speck Collection of Goetheana: General Ephemera (YCGL MSS 27), Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Dates
1785-1916
Extent
1 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Related Names
Speck, William A. (William Alfred), 1864-1928
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832
Language of Materials
German
Language of Materials
German
Language of Materials
English
Script
Latin