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Laserson, Maurice and Cohn-Wiener, Ernst : correspondence (1924-1938)


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 805

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Laserson, Maurice and Cohn-Wiener, Ernst : correspondence (1924-1938)

Date(s): 1924-1938

Level of description: collection

Extent: 1 folder

Name of creator(s): Laserson | Maurice | fl 1924-1938
Wiener | Ernst | Cohn- | fl 1924-1938 | Professor | art historian


Administrative/Biographical history:

Ernst Cohn-Wiener was a Jewish German born in Tilsit (East Prusia), 1882; education: Bromberg (now Bydgoszcz) Gymnasium-Abitur (A levels) 1902; art history, archaeology and philosophy at Berlin and Heidelberg Universities; PhD 1907; left Germany 1933 because of racial persecution; England, 1933; India, 1934; USA, 1939; published numerous works initially on medieval European art and later oriental and Indian art; died, New York, 1941.

For biographical information on Dr Maurice Laserson see Wiener Library Biographical news-cuttings section (G15).


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence between Dr Maurice Laserson and Professor Ernst Cohn-Wiener, art historian, 25 Feb 1924-26 Dec 1938 on topics including Cohn-Wiener's travel experiences and the art treasures and traditions of various countries; Cohn-Wiener's experience in India including comments on the situation of the indigenous Jewish population there; Laserson's activities relating to his involvement with ORT (Organisation for Rehabilitation through Training) and efforts by Laserson, in Australia, to find suitable employment and an entry permit for Cohn-Wiener. Also Curriculum Vitae of Cohn-Wiener, written whilst in India, [1938] and a list of Cohn-Wiener's publications produced by Laserson.


Language/scripts of material: German and English

System of arrangement:

In sections as follows: CV; list of publications; correspondence.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Finding aids:

Detailed description on the Wiener Library's online catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

The collection was originally the property of Dr Maurice Laserson. It is not clear how it came to be deposited by Dr Bergmann. We have to assume that the two men knew each other in Australia, where both had made their home, possibly through their mutual interest in Jewish welfare.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Dr Bergmann, Nov 1973.


Related material:

Dr Bergmann's diaries and personal papers (ref: WL 616).


Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Mar 2008

Art history | Art theory | Arts
Jews | Religious groups
Works of art | Arts
Movable cultural property

Personal names
Laserson | Maurice | fl 1924-1938
Wiener | Ernst | Cohn- | fl 1924-1938 | Professor | art historian

Corporate names
Obshestvo Remeslenofo zemledelcheskofo Truda (The Society for Trades and Agricultural Labour) x ORT

Australia | Oceania
India | South Asia