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Anni Albers Collection


Anni Albers (1899-1994) is best known as a textile designer, weaver, and teacher. She was born in Berlin, Germany, as Anni Fleischmann and studied art at the Kunstgewerbe school and the Bauhaus. She married artist Josef Albers in 1925 and in 1933 they left Germany to teach at Black Mountain College in Black Mountain, North Carolina.The Anni Albers Collection consists primarily of booklets, leaflets, and articles on the art of pictorial weaving as seen in the work of Anni Albers. Many items reflect her creative efforts at Black Mountain College, while others are of a more recent period. The collection also includes speeches concerning Black Mountain College, clippings from American and German ... (more below)

Title

Anni Albers Collection

Collection Number

PC.1197

Date(s)

1937 - 1976

Language

English

Physical Description
Genre/Physical Characteristic

Articles

Genre/Physical Characteristic

Announcements

Genre/Physical Characteristic

Speeches

Genre/Physical Characteristic

Books

Physical Description
Items
32.00
Abstract

Anni Albers (1899-1994) is best known as a textile designer, weaver, and teacher. She was born in Berlin, Germany, as Anni Fleischmann and studied art at the Kunstgewerbe school and the Bauhaus. She married artist Josef Albers in 1925 and in 1933 they left Germany to teach at Black Mountain College in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

The Anni Albers Collection consists primarily of booklets, leaflets, and articles on the art of pictorial weaving as seen in the work of Anni Albers. Many items reflect her creative efforts at Black Mountain College, while others are of a more recent period. The collection also includes speeches concerning Black Mountain College, clippings from American and German newspapers on exhibitions by Anni Albers, biographical notes and comments on design.

Physical Location

For current information on the location ofthese materials, please consult the Western Regional Archives.

Physical Location

WRA:4C07

Creator

Albers, Anni.

Repository

Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Processed by Don Lennon, January, 1967

Encoded by Ashley Yandle, March, 2007


Anni Albers (1899-1994) is best known as a textile designer, weaver, and teacher. She was born in Berlin, Germany, as Anni Fleischmann and studied art at the Kunstgewerbe school and the Bauhaus. She married artist Josef Albers in 1925 and in 1933 they left Germany to teach at Black Mountain College in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Mrs. Albers served as assistant professor of art at Black Mountain College (1933-1949) and, in 1950, she and her husband moved to Connecticut where she continued working as an artist. For more information about Anni Albers, visit her  NCBHIO entry.


April 27, 1964, speeches, leaflets, booklets, articles (reprints), newspaper clippings, 28 items

Given by Mrs. Anni Albers, New Haven, Connecticut. July 21, 1967, 2 books on weaving and designing by Mrs. Anni Albers, given by author

May 4, 1976, 2 letters received from Division of Archives and History, Archives Branch, Raleigh.


[Identification of item], PC.1197, Anni Albers Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, NC, USA.


April 27, 1964, speeches, leaflets, booklets, articles (reprints), newspaper clippings, 28 items. Given by Mrs. Anni Albers, New Haven, Connecticut. July 21, 1967, 2 books on weaving and designing by Mrs. Anni Albers, given by author. May 4, 1976, 2 letters received from Division of Archives and History, Archives Branch, Raleigh. During March-April, 2012, these records were moved from the State Archives building in Raleigh to the Western Regional Archives, Asheville, N.C.


Martin Duberman Collection


Black Mountain College Records


Don Page Collection


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS)  http://www.ncarchives.dcr.state.nc.us.

  1.  List of Black Mountain College collections at the Western Regional Archives.
  2. Black Mountain College Records, 1933-1956, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, N.C.
  3.  Martin Duberman Collection, 1933-1980, PC 1678, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, N.C.
  4.  North Carolina Museum of Art, Black Mountain College Research Project, 1933-1973, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, N.C.

This collection of material consists primarily of booklets, leaflets, and articles on the art of pictorial weaving as seen in the work of Anni Albers. Numerous pictures of her art are included along with articles which tell of her work, her artistic motivation, and her method of design. Many items reflect her creative efforts at Black Mountain College, while others are of a more recent period.

Other items in the collection include speeches on the philosophy behind the founding of Black Mountain College [1943],  "Handweaving Today, Textile Work at Black Mountain College" (1940), and the rough draft of a speech on Mrs. Albers' work in weaving at Black Mountain College (1937). Clippings from various American newspapers and Xerox copies of articles from German newspapers tell of her more recent exhibitions, along with biographical notes and comments on her views on design (1952-1961).

The 1976 addition to this collection includes a copy of a letter dated April 14, 1976, from T.W. Mitchell regarding the death of Josef Albers on March 25, 1976, and a note of appreciation from Anni Albers for this message.


  • Albers, Anni
  • Albers, Josef
  • Mitchell, Thornton W.
  • Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)
  • Art--Study and teaching--United States--History--20th century.
  • Artists--United States--History--20th century.
  • Textile fabrics.
  • Universities and colleges--North Carolina--Curricula.
  • Weaving--United States--History--20th century.
  • Women artists--United States--History.
  • College teachers
  • Artists
  • Weaving
  • Philosophy
  • Women artists
  • Exhibitions
  • Curricula (Courses of Study)
  • Art--Study and teaching--North Carolina--History--20th century.
  • Black Mountain (N.C.)
  • Books.
  • Clippings.
  • Pamphlets.
  • Speeches.