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Frederick Zimmermann papers, 1933-1959

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Call No.: MS#1410
Bib ID 4079519 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Zimmermann, Frederick, 1906-1967
Title Frederick Zimmermann papers, 1933-1959
Physical Description 0.48 linear feet (1 box)
Language(s) English .
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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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You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

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.

Preferred Citation

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

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Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/89.

Processed by Kenneth A. Lohf.

Finding Aid Prepared by William Stingone, January 2001.

Revision Description

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.

Subject Headings

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Blaue Reiter (Group of artists) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bloch, Albert Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Burli︠u︡k, David, 1882-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Curt Valentin Gallery (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Expressionism (Art) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Flamagan, John Bernard, 1895?-1942 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grosz, George, 1893-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kandinsky, Nina Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Klee, Paul, 1879-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Münter, Gabriele, 1877-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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.

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Series I: Cataloged Corrrespondence

Bloch, Albert To Frederick Zimmermann, Lawrence, Kansas, 3 Nov 1954-21 June 1957, 4 (a.l.s.), 1 (a.n.s.), 1 (a.p.c.s.)

Bloch, Anna Francis To Frederick Zimmermann, Lawrence, Kansas, 22 Nov-16 Dec 1954, 3 (t.l.s.)

Burliuk, David and Mary To Curt Valentine Gallery, Brandenton, Florida, 27 Dec 1954, 1 (a.p.c.s.)

[A painting by Burliuk is on the verso of the card.]

Capendonk, Heinrich To Mrs. Quappi Beckmann, Amsterdam, 29 Oct 7 Nov 1954, 2 (a.l.s.)

[With related correspondence from Mrs. Beckmann.]

Flannagan, John B. To Curt Valentin, Boston and New York, Jan-Sept 1941, 3 (t.l.s.), 6 (a.l.s.), 1 (a.p.c.s.)

Flannagan, John B. Attribution to Curt Valentin of the right of reproduction of his works of sculpture, New York, 11 June 1941, 1 (t.d.s.)

Grosz, Eva To Dorothy and Frederick Zimmermann, Douglaston, New York and Berlin, 1946 1947 1960, 2 (a.l.s.), 1 (p.l.)

Grosz, George To Frederick Zimmermann, New York, Douglaston, and Huntington, NY; Cape Cod, Wellfleet, and South Yarmouth, MA; Berlin, ca.1933 1941-149 1953 1956 1959, 12 (a.l.s.), 5 (a.n.s.), 3 (t.l.s.), 3 (a.p.c.s.), 1 (t.p.c.s.), 2 (p.l.)

Kandinsky, Nina To Curt Valentin Gallery, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, 17 Feb 1955, 1 (t.l.s.)

Klee, Paul To Curt Valentin, Bern, 1 Jan 1940, 1 (a.l.s.)

Klee, Paul To [Charles Frederic?] Weller, Bern, 25 Aug 1939, 1 (a.l.s.)

Mann, Thomas Dinner Menu, Lake Mohonk House, Lake Mohonk, NY, 19 June 1945, 1 (p.d.s.)

Münter, Gabriele To Frederick Zimmermann, Murnau, Germany, 1954-1955 1957-1959, 7 (a.l.s.), 5 (a.p.c.s.)

Pasternak, Boris To Frederick Zimmermann, Moscow, 9 Sept 1959, 1 (a.n.s.)

Valentin, Curt To Dorothy and Frederick Zimmermann, Forte dei Marmi, Italy, 2 Aug 1954, 1 (a.p.c.s.)

Series II: Clippings, Photographs and Printed Material

Curt Valentin Gallery Der Blaue Reiter Exhibition Catalog and related material, New York, 1954-1955, 16 (pieces)

Flannagan, John B. Re his sculpture, 2 (photographs), 1 (clipping)

Grosz, George Miscellaneous catalogues and clippings, 7 (pieces)

Münter, Gabriele Catalogs, clippings, and reproductions of her work, 4 (pieces)

Zimmermann, Frederick Correspondence and manuscript notes re "Blaue Reiter" exhibition, New York, 1954-1955, 12 (pieces)

Lehmbruck, Wilhelm Photograph of Lehmbruck in his studio, Germany, ca.1918

Valentin, Curt Clippings, tributes, obituaries, 13 (pieces)

Valentin, Curt Photograph of Valentin

Valentin, Curt Photographs of Valetin's apartment, ca. Aug 1954, 7 (photgraphs)

Valentin, Curt, and Marino and Marina Marini Photographs, Forte dei Marmi, ca. Aug 1954, 3 (photographs)