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WARBURG, Aby (1866-1929) : Family correspondence


Reference code(s): GB 1370 WIA, FC

Held at: Warburg Institute

Title: WARBURG, Aby (1866-1929) : Family correspondence

Date(s): 1873-1934

Level of description: collection

Extent: 33 boxes

Name of creator(s): Warburg | Aby Moritz | 1866-1929 | art and cultural historian
Warburg family | fl 1500- | bankers


Administrative/Biographical history:

Aby Moritz Warburg was born in Hamburg, 1866 to a wealthy banking family; instead of entering the family business, he devoted himself to the academic study of art, European civilization and the classical tradition; studied in Bonn, Munich, and in Strasbourg, focusing on archeology and art history; worked in Florence producing studies on single works of art and their wealthy patrons; spent time on the Hopi Indians conducting an ethnological study, 1896; founded the Kultur-wissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg (KBW), to serve both as a private collection and as a resource for public education, 1921; visited the United States to document the Native Americans and their mystic traditions using photographs and text; hospitalized, 1921-1924; worked at the KBW, 1924-1929; died 1929.


Scope and content/abstract:

Family correspondence of Aby Moritz Warburg, 1873-1934.


Language/scripts of material: German

System of 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:

A database containing c7,200 abstracts of family letters (covering dates up to and including 1934) is available for consultation in the Institute Archive; contact Archive staff for details.



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from the family.


Related material:

For general correspondence, see WIA, GC. See also Aby Warburg's working papers: WIA, III.


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
Warburg family | fl 1500- | bankers
Warburg | Aby Moritz | 1866-1929 | art and cultural historian

Corporate names