|Creator:||Springweiler, Erwin F., 1896-1968|
|Title:||Erwin F. Springweiler Papers|
|Quantity:||2 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Spanning 1912 to 1967, the Erwin F. Springweiler Papers comprises correspondence, artwork, writings, and memorabilia of the German American medalist and sculptor (1896-1968). The collection illuminates the professional career of the artist, who specialized in commemorative medals and animal sculpture. Includes letters from Archer Milton Huntington, Hazel Brill Jackson, Carl Paul Jennewein, Gertrude K. Lathrop, Paul Manship, A.A. Weinman, and Robert A. Weinman.|
|Language:||Most in English, some in German.|
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Erwin F. Springweiler (1896-1968) was a German-born American medalist and sculptor, specializing in animals.
Born in Pforzheim, Germany, Springweiler trained at the Munich Academy and worked with the American sculptor Paul Manship in Havana, Cuba. During the 1930s, Springweiler was one of several artists sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and create paintings for numerous post offices across the United States. His sculpture of an anteater stands in the National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. [Biography adapted from information on the website of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.]
The Erwin F. Springweiler Papers consist of biographical material, correspondence-subject files, artwork, writings, and memorabilia.
Incoming letters, a few outgoing drafts, and a variety of related printed materials form the Correspondence-Subject Files. The collection includes letters from fellow sculptors Hazel Brill Jackson, C. Paul Jennewein, Gertrude K. Lathrop, Paul Manship, A. A. Weinman, and Robert A. Weinman. Organizational correspondence includes that of Brookgreen Gardens, the International Institute of Arts and Letters, the National Academy of Design, the National Sculpture Society, the R. W. Norton Art Gallery, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Society of Medalists. Correspondence from the U. S. Treasury Department documents a number of Springweiler's most important sculpture commissions, including those for the National Zoological Park, the post office in Chester, Pennsylvania, and the 1939 New York World's Fair, as well as the production of his George M. Cohan Medal.
Artwork encompasses both original sketches and photographic or printed reproductions. Arranged by format, designs for medals and plaques, two sketchbooks, animal and human figure drawings, and a few miscellaneous, mostly mechanical, drawings constitute the original artwork. The organization of the photographic and printed reproductions of the completed medals and sculpture corresponds to the categorical arrangement of the original sketches.
Writings consists of two essays and some notes on art, the latter mainly in German.
Memorabilia is composed of photographs and printed material. Photographs include formal portraits of Springweiler as well as a number of images of the artist at work in his studio. Printed material includes certificates of award in school competitions from the Kunstgewerbeschule Pforzheim, clippings (1923-1955), and exhibition catalogs (1932-1960).
Correspondence-subject files are arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Artwork is divided into originals and reproductions, and listed alphabetically within each category. Writings and Memorabilia are arranged alphabetically by type.
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.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Erwin F. Springweiler Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Erwin F. Springweiler, 1967-1971.
Created by: KM
Date: Aug 1994
Revision history: 4 Jan 2006 - EAD file created (MRR); 25 Oct 2018 - rehoused, inventory updated, biographical material added (MS)
|Box 1||American Academy of Achievement 1966|
|Box 1||Brookgreen Gardens 1946-1947|
|Box 1||Franklin Mint 1967|
|See International Institute of Arts and Letters|
|General Numismatics Corporation|
|See National Commemorative Society|
|Huntington, Archer Milton|
|See Brookgreen Gardens|
|Box 1||International Institute of Arts and Letters 1955-1957, undated|
|Box 1||Jackson, Hazel Brill 1959|
|Jennewein, Carl Paul|
|See American Academy of Achievement|
|Box 1||Lathrop, Gertrude K. 1941, undated|
|Box 1||Manship, Paul 1939|
|Box 1||Medallic Art Company 1960, 1967|
|Box 1||National Academy of Design 1938, 1947-1949, 1959, 1966-1967|
|Box 1||National Commemorative Society 1965-1967|
|National Sculpture Review|
|See National Sculpture Society|
|Box 1||National Sculpture Society 1942, 1955, 1967|
|New York World's Fair, 1939|
|See United States. Treasury Department|
|Box 1||R. W. Norton Art Gallery (Shreveport, La.) 1963-1964|
|Box 1||Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1947, 1967|
|Box 1||Society of Medalists 1941-1942, undated|
|Box 1||United States. Air Force 1948|
|United States. Post Office|
|See United States. Treasury Department.|
|Box 1||United States. Treasury Department 1937-1947|
|Box 1||Weinman, Adolph Alexander 1946-1947, 1952|
|Box 1||Weinman, Robert A. 1967|
|Box 1||A-Z, unidentified 1937-1967|
|Box 1||Designs for medals and plaques undated (2 folders)|
|Oversize 1||Designs for medals and plaques undated|
|Box 1||Sketchbooks undated (2 volumes)|
|Box 1||Animals undated|
|Oversize 1||Animal undated|
|Oversize 1||Human figure 1923, 1932-1935, undated|
|Box 1||Human figure 1932, undated (2 folders)|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous undated|
|Oversize 1||Miscellaneous undated|
|Box 2||Medals and plaques undated|
|Box 2||Animal (5 folders)|
|Box 2||Human figure (3 folders)|
|Box 2||Essays (2) undated - manuscript and galley proof|
|Box 2||Notes on art undated|
|Oversize 2||Art Anatomy of Animals / Ernest E. Thompson - presentation copy to E. Springweiler from MacDowell Colony fellows|
|Box 2||Certificates of award in school competitions, Kunstgewerbeschule Pforzheim 1912-1916|
|Oversize 1||Certificates, National Academy of Design, National Sculpture Society 1937, 1947, 1958, 1963, 1967|
|Box 2||Clippings 1923-1955, undated|
|Box 2||Exhibition catalogs 1932-1960 (2 folders)|
|Box 2||Map, Ravensteins Reise und Eisenbahnkarte von Deutschland|
|Box 2||Periodical issue (with title page notes) Die Lehrer der Kunst + Werkschule Pforzheim 20 Jahrg., Heft 1/2 1958|