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Collection Overview

Panofsky, Erwin, 1892-1968.
Erwin Panofsky Letters to Mrs. Alfred Barr
Manuscripts Division
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Consists mostly of letters by German-American art historian Erwin Panofsky to friend and art historian Margaret Scolari Barr.

Collection Description & Creator Information


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

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

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