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Panofsky, Erwin, 1892-1968.
Erwin Panofsky Letters to Mrs. Alfred Barr
Manuscripts Division
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists mostly of letters by German-American art historian Erwin Panofsky to friend and art historian Margaret Scolari Barr.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 88 holograph letters and postcards from Panofsky to the art historian Margaret Scolari Barr (Mrs. Alfred H. Barr)--mostly from Hamburg, Germany--discussing his uncertain career and giving details about his move from Germany to the United States. Also present are a letter (1933) by Walter S. Cook, an untitled poem in various languages by Panofsky, and a one-page manuscript by Dora Panofsky, entitled "From the Wings of the Dove."


The letters are in chronological order.

Collection Creator Biography:

Panofsky, Erwin, 1892-1968.

Erwin Panofsky was a German Jewish art historian who emigrated to America and remains highly influential in the modern academic study of iconography.

Collection History


Gift of Prof. William S. Heckscher, Mrs. Margaret Barr.


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Erwin Panofsky Letters to Mrs. Alfred Barr; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1