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Wilhelm Deffke Papers, 1927-1949

 Collection
Identifier: MS169
This small archive of Wilhelm Deffke materials consists of manuscripts on Deffke’s life and work, correspondence, and printed ephemera. Manuscript materials include the notes and manuscript for Deffke’s project, “Grammatik der Formensprache,” (1945) with two binders of original schematic drawings. Deffke wrote two detailed versions of his life and career: “Lebenslauf des Graphikers und Architekten Professor Wilhelm Deffke” (1945). The archive contains some correspondence between Deffke and his associates or among his associates, including Carl Ernst Hinkefuss, Willi Eidenbenz, Erich Weinert, Wilhelm Winterschlade, Erwin Senftleben and Kurt Wissel (1927-1984). There are also examples of printed ephemera and newspaper clippings (1914-1932) related to Wilhelmwerk, the printing firm established by Wilhelm Deffke and Carl Ernst Hinkefuss, and the journal Qualität and Mein Vogel-Paradies by Hinkefuss. The archive also includes plates from various illustrated works perhaps used by Deffke for identifications, see the container list below.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1927 - 1949
  • 1914 - 1984

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.

Extent

1 Boxes

1 folders : folder of oversize materials

Overview

This small archive of Wilhelm Deffke materials consists of manuscripts on Deffke’s life and work, correspondence, and printed ephemera. Manuscript materials include an autobiographical account of his life and career, and notes and schematic drawings for his project, “Grammatik der Formensprache,” (1945). Correspondence is between Deffke and some associates including Carl Ernst Hinkefuss. Examples of printed ephemera and newspaper clippings with examples of his graphic work are included.

Arrangement

Materials in this collection have been organized into three basic groups: manuscripts on Deffke's life and work, correspondence, and printed ephemera.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Wilhelm Deffke material was acquired by a special purchase in 2011.
Title
Guide to the Wilhelm Deffke Papers, 1927-1949
Author
Sigrid Pohl Perry
Date
May 2012; April 17, 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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