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Herbert Bayer collection

Identifier: AG 25

Scope and Contents

Papers, photographic materials and memorabilia of Herbert Bayer (1900 - 1985), photographer and designer. Includes correspondence with Tim Gidal and the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie, glass and film negatives and contact sheets (1926 - 1977), as well as awards and medals. The collection is inactive.

Series one contains one folder of correspondence, series two contains miscellaneous papers and writings (five folders), series three contains two boxes of memorabilia. The final series contains photographic materials, which include negatives and contact sheets. The negatives include the following categories: Camera Images: Greece, Austria-Bavaria, New York, doors, Knight, Marseilles, advertising, and geometric forms; also Photomontage, Fotoplastiken, signs of the alphabet and copy negatives made by the Center for Creative Photography from prints. The collection includes ca. 400 negatives, both glass and film. Contact sheets consist of the above categories and photographs held at the George Eastman House, Rochester. Some are numbered L78:071:1-169, others are unnumbered.


  • 1935-1985


Language of Materials

Material in English

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission from the copyright owner (which could be the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates or literary executors) prior to any copyright-protected uses of the collection.

The user agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona, Center of Creative Photography, including its officers, employees, and agents, from and against all claims made relating to copyright or other intellectual property infringement

Biographical Note

Born April 5, 1900, Herbert Bayer attended the Weimar Bauhaus where he studied under notable artists, such as Wassily Kandinsky. Following the completion of his education, Bayer was appointed the head of the workshop for print and advertising at the Dessau Bauhaus. In 1928, he left the Bauhaus and moved to Berlin where he worked as a graphic designer and art director of Vogue Paris. After immigrating to the United States in 1938, Bayer focused on curating the exhibition “Bauhaus 1919-1928” at the Museum of Modern Art. He later moved to Colorado to work as a painter, graphic designer, architect and landscape designer, and artistic consultant. He died in California in 1985.


4 Boxes (1.5 linear feet)

Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence
  2. Series 2: Miscellaneous Papers
  3. Series 3: Memorabilia
  4. Series 4: Photographic Material

Custodial History

Collection was a gift of Herbert Bayer beginning in 1980.

Processing Information

Processed 1985 by Roger Myers. Revised August 1987 and April 2008.

Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in May 2016.

Herbert Bayer Collection 1935-1985
Finding aid created by Lenox Wiese
© 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States