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SOLMITZ, Walter (1905-1962)


Reference code(s): GB 1370 WIA, Walter Solmitz

Held at: Warburg Institute

Title: SOLMITZ, Walter (1905-1962)

Date(s): [c1927-1933]

Level of description: collection

Extent: 4 boxes

Name of creator(s): Solmitz | Walter Moritz | 1905-1962 | philosopher


Administrative/Biographical history:

Walter Solmitz was born in Braunschweig (Brunswick), Germany, 1905 and studied at the Universities of Heidelberg, Berlin and Hamburg; alongside his studies in Hamburg, and for some time afterwards, he was a research assistant at the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg (1927-1933); subsequently he became an instructor in Philosophy at the Franz Rosenzweig Foundation in Hamburg; left Germany in the late 1930s and worked for a time in London before going to the United States, where he found employment as a research assistant and teaching fellow at Harvard University, from which he received an MA in 1943. In 1946 he joined the faculty at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, intially to teach German and later as Associate Professor of Philosophy. With the exception of a year as Senior Research Fellow at the Warburg Institute in London, he remained at Bowdoin until his sudden death in 1962.


Scope and content/abstract:

Working papers of the philosopher Walter Solmitz, c 1927-1933, on topics including: Aby Warburg; Aby Warburg's 'Mnemosyne-Atlas' which used an installation of images to convey phiolosophical or artistic ideas; philosophy and scholarship.


Language/scripts of material: German

System of arrangement:

Awaiting arrangement.

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:

Associated with the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg.



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


Personal names
Solmitz | Walter Moritz | 1905-1962 | philosopher
Warburg | Aby Moritz | 1866-1929 | art and cultural historian

Corporate names