Finding aid created by: ASE
Date: Feb 1993
|14 Nov 2007||converted to EAD (MRC)|
|30 Mar 2017||radio script inventory updated (MRC)|
|11 Sep 2019||writings updated (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Title:||Peter Lipman-Wulf Papers|
|Quantity:||1.25 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Spanning 1945 through 1975, the Peter Lipman-Wulf Papers consists of correspondence, writings and memorabilia of the American sculptor, painter, graphic artist and educator (b. 1905). A German Jew by birth, Peter Lipman-Wulf fled to France in 1933 where he was interned in a prison camp before emigrating to the United States in 1947. While documenting his professional career, the collection reveals little of his personal life or war-time experiences.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Peter Lipman-Wulf (1905-1993) was born in Berlin to a prominent lawyer and his wife, a well-known sculptor, and studied at the Berlin Academy. Artistic success came quickly; he took first prize in the Prussian State Competition and had commissions from the city of Berlin for two marble fountains before he was 27 years old.
In 1933 Lipman-Wulf lost his teaching position at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin due to growing anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany and he moved to France. Although he did not declare himself to the French government as a Jew, when France began arresting "enemy aliens" in 1939 he and hundreds of other immigrants were interned at Les Milles near Aix-en-Provence. (He was in sterling company, as his fellow detainees included painter Max Ernst, opera producer Friedrich Schramm, journalist Heinz Bieber-Georgi, two Nobel Prize winners in medicine, and numerous other "undesirables.") In 1940 he volunteered for a work detail in Normandy, from which he managed to escape to Switzerland where he remained through the end of the war.
In 1947 Lipman-Wulf moved to the United States, settling in New York and eventually becoming an American citizen. In addition to his own artistic endeavors he taught at Adelphi University on Long Island.
Lipman-Wulf worked in wood, bronze and ceramics in a semi-abstract style that often reflected the influence of German Expressionism. He also did portrait busts, including those of conductors Bruno Walter and Karl Bohm for the Metropolitan Opera. His work is in the permanent collections of museums and galleries in the United States and abroad, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the British Museum in London and the National Museum in Berlin.
[Portions of this biographical sketch adapted from Lipman-Wulf's obituary in the New York Times (September 30, 1993) and from The Holocaust, the French, and the Jews by Susan Zuccotti (University of Nebraska Press: 1999).]
Spanning 1945 through 1975, the Peter Lipman-Wulf Papers consists of correspondence, writings and memorabilia of the American sculptor, painter, graphic artist and educator (b. 1905). A German Jew by birth, Peter Lipman-Wulf fled to France in 1933 where he was interned in a prison camp before emigrating to the United States in 1947. While documenting his professional career, the collection reveals little of his personal life or war-time experiences.
Correspondence is limited to a few predominantly incoming business letters concerning the creation of Peter Lipman-Wulf's own weekly radio program an New York station WEVD and the manuscripts he submitted for publication in the contemporary art Journal Leonardo.
Writings includes essays, notes, speeches, and radio scripts, the latter constituting the largest portion of the collection. Represented by both holograph and typescript drafts as well as the published versions which appeared in Leonardo, the essays are explications of Lipman-Wulf's artistic creations and principles. Also in this series, a manuscript and outlines of several speeches, as well as miscellaneous notes. Arranged chronologically (1950-1955), the 132 radio scripts for Lipman-Wulf's WEVD program encompass a broad range of art-related essays and Interviews. A broadcast list created by Peter Lipman-Wulf is located at the beginning of the radio scripts.
Memorabilia consists almost exclusively of printed material about Lipman-Wulf, and includes articles, clippings (1964-1965) and exhibition catalogs (1965-1974).
All series are arranged alphabetically.
The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Art, American -- 20th century.
Jewish artists -- United States.
Painters -- United States.
Sculptors -- United States.
Sculpture, American -- 20th century.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Peter Lipman-Wulf Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
|Box 1||Leonardo (publication) 1968-1973|
|Box 1||WEVD (radio station) 1950|
|Box 1||"Dance in My Sculpture" 1970 - manuscript drafts; manuscript, copyedited; reprint from Leonardo, vol. 3|
|Box 1||"Joseph and His Brothers" - manuscript (holograph)|
|Box 1||"On My Illustrations of Goethe's 'Faust'" 1975 - reprint from Leonardo, vol. 8|
|Box 1||"On Teaching a Fundamental Sculpture Course" 1973 - manuscript drafts; manuscript copyedited; reprint from Leonardo, vol. 6|
|Box 1||"On Teaching Art in America" 1972 - manuscript drafts; manuscript; Leonardo, vol. 5|
|Box 1||"The Sculptor and the Design" - holograph manuscript|
|Box 1||"Sculpture in Wood" - holograph manuscript|
|Box 1||"Ventures in Precious Books" - manuscript|
|Box 1||"Wall, Space and Sculpture: a Memoir" 1971 - research notes; manuscript drafts; manuscript; reprint from Leonardo, vol. 4 (4 folders)|
|Box 2||Radio broadcast list 1950-1955|
|Box 2||Radio scripts 1950 (23 folders)|
|Box 2||Radio scripts 1951 (23 folders)|
|Box 2||Radio scripts 1952 (22 folders)|
|Box 3||Radio scripts 1953 (19 folders)|
|Box 3||Radio scripts 1954 (15 folders)|
|Box 3||Radio scripts 1955 (11 folders)|
|Box 3||Radio scripts undated (18 folders)|
|Box 3||"Contemporary Sculpture in the Light of Our Technology, Our Social and Economic Needs" undated - drafts, manuscript|
|Box 3||re: modern art - Oakland Aug. 1952 - outline|
|Box 3||"Trends in American Art" - New World Club 11 Nov. 1951 - outline|
|Box 3||Miscellaneous notes undated (7 holograph pages)|
|Box 3||Articles about 1964|
|Box 3||Clippings about 1964-1965|
|Box 3||Exhibition catalogs, announcements 1965-1974|
|Box 3||Publicity for "Dies Irae" 1963|
|Box 3||Miscellany 1955|
|Box 3||List of benefit exhibitions 1945-1950|