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Frankl, Paul, 1878-1962
Paul Frankl Papers
Manuscripts Division
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The Paul Frankl Papers consists of correspondence, writings, notebooks, photographs, and printed matter of the Czech art historian, architect, author, and educator Paul Frankl (1878-1962). A native of Prague, Frankl came to the United States in 1938, and shortly afterwards settled in Princeton, New Jersey, where he was associated with the Institute for Advanced Study.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, notebooks, photographs, and printed matter. Frankl's correspondents include Klaus Berger, Roger Baldwin, Fyke Farmer, Margaret Fries, Helmuth Gottschalk, Georg Hoeltje, Richard Krautheimer, Erwin Panofsky, Josepha Weitzman-Fiedler, and others. There is a large selection of correspondence with Nikolaus Pevsner (1947-1961) about the publication of Frankl's Gothic Architecture for the Pelican History of Art, edited by Pevsner. There are also drafts of letters by Frankl to Pearl Buck and Albert Einstein.

Works include a partial manuscrtipt, illustrations, and photographs for The Gothic (1960); manuscripts and notes in English and German for Gothic Architecture (1962); manuscripts in German, French, and English for Frankl's work on world government, Weltregierung (1948), with other writings by Erich Kahler and Peter Frederic West, and printed matter also related to a proposed international organization of government; typescripts (1961) for Zu Fragen des Stiles (edited by Ernst Ullman and published in 1988); several articles, notes, and photographs on stained glass; and miscellaneous writings. Also present are photographs of examples of Gothic architecture and four photographs of Frankl; miscellaneous printed material, including a copy of Die Entwicklungsphasen der Neueran Baukunst (1914); 35 notebooks of notes on architecture and other topics; 14 daily diaries (1936-1949); and a charcoal portrait (1900) of a Jew by the artist Jan Styka.

Collection Creator Biography:

Frankl, Paul, 1878-1962

Frankl, an art historian and architect, was a native of Prague who came to the United States in 1938 and shortly afterwards settled in Princeton, New Jersey, where he was associated with the Institute for Advanced Study until his death in 1962.

Collection History


Gift of Josepha Weitzmann-Fiedler. Drafts and notes for Gothic Architecture, photographs, letters, manuscripts are a gift of Institute for Advanced Study.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Karla J. Vecchia in 2003. Finding aid written by Karla J. Vecchia in Karla J. Vecchia.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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.

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:

Paul Frankl Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Some of the manuscripts found in draft form in the collection came to print in the following publications: The Gothic (Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press, 1960), Gothic Architecture (trans. by Dieter Pevsner, Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1962), Weltregierung (Leiden: H. E. Stenfert Kroese, 1948), and Zu Fragen des Stiles (Weinheim: Herausgegeben von Ernst Ullman, 1988).

Subject Terms:
Architects -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 20th century.
Architecture -- Aesthetics.
Architecture -- History.
Architecture, Gothic -- Europe.
Art -- Philosophy.
Art historians -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 20th century.
Glass staining and painting, Gothic.
International organization.
Genre Terms:
Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1902-1983.
Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1902-1983.
West, Peter Frederic