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Andreas Feininger archive

Identifier: AG 53

Scope and Contents

The strength of this collection is the numerous publications and photographic materials Feininger produced since his arrival in the United States in 1940. First as a freelance photographer and later as a staff photographer for Life, he contributed hundreds of images on a wide range of topics to that magazine and others. The collection contains scrapbooks filled with maps and ticket stubs, which trace several of his transcontinental journeys to complete his assignments. There are tearsheets from those assignments; publications incorporating commercial contributions by Feininger; manuscripts by him relating to his writings for periodicals and monographs; and an extensive collection of books authored by Feininger about the technical, practical, and aesthetic considerations of black-and-white and color photography. The photographic materials, a large segment of the collection, are primarily organized according to Feininger's own subject headings.

The collection sparsely documents Feininger's personal life; his relationships with his father, Lyonel Feininger, a painter, and his brothers, Laurence, a composer, and Theodore Lux, a painter; his early architectural studies in Europe; and his photographic firm in Sweden. The collection contains some early prints, but many of Feininger's early glass plate and blackand-white negatives and other materials were lost prior to his arrival in the United States in 1940.

Feininger's own organization of his materials was retained in the archive


  • 1894-1999


Language of Materials

Material in English German Swedish

Conditions Governing Access

To access materials from this collection, please contact

Letters from Ralph Hattersley, 1973-88, are restricted. Permission of the correspondents necessary to read the letters.

Conditions Governing Access

The negatives in boxes 35 and 47 are currently inaccessible due to renovations in CCP's cold storage facility. Negatives will be accessible once the renovation is complete and the negative boxes have been transferred to the new frozen storage space. The estimated date of availability is mid-year of 2023, although not guaranteed. Please be sure to email with any questions or for updates.

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

See attached chronologies.


66.75 Linear Feet

Metadata Rights Declarations

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


Papers and photographic materials, 1894 - 1999, of Andreas Feininger (l906 -1999), photographer and author. Includes biographical materials; correspondence; yearbooks; exhibitions files; manuscripts; publication files; scrapbooks; tearsheets; clippings; books; and negatives, contact sheets and study prints. The bulk of the collection documents Feininger's career in Europe and the United States especially his many photo-essays for Life and other magazines.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Biographical materials, 1960-
  2. Subseries 1: Collection Donation Administration
  3. Series 2: Correspondence, 1922-
  4. Series 3: Yearbooks, 1930-
  5. Series 4: Writings, 1936-
  6. Subseries 1: Manuscripts - Monographs
  7. Subseries 2: Manuscripts - Periodical articles and Miscellaneous
  8. Series 5: Exhibitions, 1948-
  9. Series 6: Publication files, 1934-
  10. Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1929-
  11. Series 8: Publications, ca. 1925-
  12. Subseries 1: Tearsheets, 1925-
  13. Subseries 2: Monographs, 1935-
  14. Subseries 3: Clippings, 1929
  15. Subseries 4: Miscellaneous printed materials, 1979-
  16. Series 9: Photographic materials, 1894-
  17. Subseries 1: Negatives
  18. Subseries 2: Contact sheets
  19. Subseries 3: Book project materials
  20. Subseries 4: Proof prints, study prints, vintage prints
  21. Subseries 5: Personal photographs
  22. Series 10: Small Objects of Nature

Custodial History

This collection was a gift to the Center from Andreas Feininger. The first accession arrived in 1980.

Processing Information

Initial organization was done by Stuart Alexander while preparing Feininger exhibition. Donna Bender organized the negatives in 1982. Judith Leckrone, David Peters and Roger Myers completed processing in 1985. Lisa Hodgkins processed additions to the archive in 2012-2013.

Revised January 1988.

Revised by Leslie Calmes, September 1990.

Revised by Lisa Hodgkins, May 2013

Andreas Feininger Archive 1894-1999
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States