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SAXL, Fritz (1890-1948)


Reference code(s): GB 1370 WIA, Fritz Saxl

Held at: Warburg Institute

Title: SAXL, Fritz (1890-1948)

Date(s): 1896-1948

Level of description: collection

Extent: c 70 boxes

Name of creator(s): Saxl | Friedrich | 1890-1948 | art historian and librarian x Saxl | Fritz


Administrative/Biographical history:

Fritz Saxl was born in Vienna and educated in Vienna and Berlin; librarian at the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg, and after Aby Warburg's death became Director of the Library (1929-1933); oversaw the Warburg Institute's move to London in 1933 and remained Director until his death in 1948; became a naturalized British subject in 1940 and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1944.


Scope and content/abstract:

Personal Documents and Working Papers of Fritz Saxl, 1896-1948, including bibliographical notes, notebooks, drafts of lectures and articles. Topics covered include: Mithras; Pagan and Jewish Influences on Christian Art; Astrology; Cosmology; Illuminated Astrological and Mythological Manuscripts; Medieval Encyclopaedias; Science and Art; Venetian Art; Spanish Art; Art of the Reformation: Dürer; Holbein, Elsheimer, Rembrandt; Historiography and Aby Warburg.


Language/scripts of material: German and English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as follows: Personal Documents and Working Papers.

Conditions governing access:

Archive material is accessible for the purpose of private study and personal research and within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Archive reading room. Access is with permission from the Institute Director and by prior appointment only. Potential users are advised to browse the Institute website and contact the Archivist, Dr des Claudia Wedepohl, before planning a visit. Access to individual items in the Warburg Institute Archives may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies, at the discretion of the archivist, may be provided for research use only (working papers: up to 10% of any archive pressmark; correspondence by authors for whom the department doesn't hold copyright: up to 10% of the Institute's holdings). Traditional photography is allowed at the discretion of the Archivist, no digital cameras. Scans and digital photographs can be ordered at the discretion of the Archivist. Requests to publish original material have to be submitted to the Archivist.

Finding aids:

Collection level description available on-line at the University of London Research Services website



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bequeathed to the Institute by Saxl, 1948.



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: Apr 2008

Art history | Art theory | Arts
Christianity | Ancient religions | Religions
Historiography | Historical methods | History
Reformation | Religious conflicts | Religion
Spiritualism | Mysticism

Personal names
Saxl | Friedrich | 1890-1948 | art historian and librarian x Saxl | Fritz
Warburg | Aby Moritz | 1866-1929 | art and cultural historian

Corporate names