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At a Glance
Arranged in two series.
A collection of letters written to Zimmermann. Most of the letters relate to a group of German artists called "Der Blaue Reiter" ("The Blue Rider"). Zimmermann assisted in the planning for the exhibition of the group, held at the Curt Valentin Gallery, December 7, 1954-January 8, 1955, and much of the correspondence relates to the exhibition. Included are letters from Albert Bloch, David Burliuk, Mrs. Nina Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Gabriele Münter. Also, important files of correspondence from John B. Flamagan and George Grosz.
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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Frederick Zimmermann papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
No accruals are expected
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Zimmermann, Mrs. Frederick. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1975. Accession number--M-75.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/89.
Processed by Kenneth A. Lohf.
Finding Aid Prepared by William Stingone, January 2001.
2010-04-05 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Frederick Zimmermann (1906-1967) was born on May 18, 1906 in New York City. He played double bass in the New York Philharmonic from 1930-1966 serving as its principle player for much of his tenure. Zimmerman studied with Herman Reinshagen and succeeded him on the faculty of the Juliard School in 1935. Zimmermann also taught at the Mannes College of Music Columbia University the Manhattan School of Music and New York University. Zimmermann made notable contributions to the literature of his instrument transcribing music from the 14th through 20th centuries. In 1966 he published A contemporary concept of bowing technique for the double bass.
In addition to music Zimmerman was active in the visual arts he studied painting with George Grosz at the Art Students' League had three one-man shows and often lectured on modern German painters.
Zimmermann married his wife Dorothy in 1931. They had one son Edwin. Zimmermann died at the age of 61 on August 3 1967 while visiting Ohlstadt Germany.