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BING, Gertrud (1892-1964)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1370 WIA, Gertrud Bing
Held at: Warburg Institute
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Full title: BING, Gertrud (1892-1964)
Date(s): c 1892-1964
Level of description: collection
Extent: 6 boxes
Name of creator(s): Bing | Gertrud | 1892-1964 | philosopher, cultural historian and librarian


Administrative/Biographical history:

Gertrud Bing was born in Hamburg and studied at the Universities of Munich and Hamburg. After receiving her doctorate in 1921, she became a librarian at the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg, subsequently serving as Assistant to Aby Warburg (1924-1929). She moved to London with the Warburg Institute in 1933 and became a British citizen in 1946. She was Assistant Director (1944-1954) and then Director (1955-1959) of the Institute, and subsequently an Honorary Fellow until her death in 1964.


Scope and content/abstract:

Personal documents and working material of Gertrud Bing, c 1892-1964, including visitors' books, diaries, family tree, editor's copies, correspondence and photographs. Topics covered include Aby Warburg's Biography and the history of the Warburg Institute.

Access & Use

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 institutes 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 Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bequeathed to the Institute by Bing, 1964.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

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

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