Peter Lipman-Wulf Collection
Scope and Content Note
The Peter Lipman-Wulf Collection documents the life and professional activities of Peter Lipman-Wulf, a sculptor and a teacher; it includes correspondence, writings and interviews, printed materials, personal, professional, and financial documents, and drawings.
The bulk of the collection consists of both, personal and professional correspondence and biographical and professional writings with other types of materials constituting a far smaller portion of the collection.
There is an extensive correspondence dealing with restitution, inheritance claims and Peter Lipmann-Wulf's divorce from his second wife, Claire Lipman-Wulf Dietzi that includes correspondence with lawyer W. Leiner, German authorities and Peter Lipman-Wulf’s relatives, who in some cases had a different opinion about the way the inheritance should be divided.
Other personal correspondence includes Lipman-Wulf’s correspondence with his niece Danielle,his daughter Michelle, and his second wife, Claire Lipman-Wulf Dietzi. Correspondence pertaining to Claire Lipman-Wulf Dietzi includes correspondence between Claire and Peter during his imprisonment in Les Milles as well as correspondence between them after Peter Lipman-Wulf left his family and moved to the United States.
Other materials pertaining to Les Milles include correspondence with other authors, printed and biographical materials such as diaries and personal correspondence with his then fiancée Claire Dietzi, drawings that Peter Lipman-Wulf used for writing a book of memoirs entitled Period of internment: letters and drawings from Les Milles 1939-1940.
Additionally, there is poetry, short stories and autobiographical novels, most of which, if not all remain unpublished. Moreover, there is a wealth of memoirs and diaries, going as far back as 1917 when Peter Lipman-Wulf was only 12 years of age.
Furthermore, there are copes of lectures and interviews documenting Peter Lipman-Wulf’s involvement with WEVD Radio Station in New York. During his radio programs Peter Lipman-Wulf dedicated his time to exploring topics such as art history, art movements, artists as individuals, teaching art today, children’s art, and female artists.
Materials dealing with Peter Lipman-Wulf’s activities as an artist include correspondence with art galleries and museums, municipalities, churches, individuals and private collectors, and professional journals and magazines, regarding exhibitions, sales, and donations of art pieces for the common good.
Surprisingly, there is a very small amount of materials pertaining to Peter Lipman-Wulf’s teaching at Adelphi University. These include very limited correspondence, some announcements and lists, and reading lists.
Also included in the collection are biographical materials, large number of lists, invoices, printed materials, and photographs depicting Peter Lipman-Wulf in his professional capacity.
- Majority of material found within 1940-1993
- Lipman-Wulf, Peter (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is in English and German with some French.
Open to researchers.
Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
Peter Lipman-Wulf, an artist and a teacher, was born on April 27th, 1905 in Berlin, Germany into a family of lawyers and artists. Between 1920 and 1922 he stayed in Oberammergau in Bavaria, where he apprenticed to a leading wood carver of the period.
Upon his return to Berlin Peter Lipman-Wulf entered the State Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin which he graduated with an MBA degree.
During this period, Peter Lipman-Wulf began making his name and received a number of prizes and was given a few commissions for sculptures by the city of Berlin.
After Hitler seized power in 1933, Peter Lipman-Wulf was relieved from his position at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin and decided to move to France where he spent the next ten years.
Between 1939 and 1940 he was interned at Camp des Milles. He spent two more years in France before escaping to Switzerland where he reunited with his wife Claire Lipman-Wulf Dietzi. He wrote art reviews to support his family but had to publish them under his wife’s name since he had no work permit.
Much later, in 1993 he published a book Period of internment: letters and drawings from Les Milles 1939-1940, describing his experience at the camp.
Peter Lipman-Wulf immigrated to the United States in 1947 and settled in New York. He had to start over once again and success finally came in 1958, when a photograph of his piece “The Wedding Rings” was published by the New York Times Book Review. “Wedding Rings” remained the most popular of his pieces and was purchased by many museums and private collectors.
Between 1950 and 1954 Peter Lipman-Wulf had a weekly program at the WEVD Radio Station in New York where he discussed art and interviewed artists. He also taught for many years at Adelphi University and published numerous articles and essays on art in professional magazines, most notably in Leonardo.
He exhibited his works in the United States and Europe. His art works are found at many leading museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The National Gallery of art in Washington DC, The National Museum in Berlin, and the British Museum in London.
Peter Lipman-Wulf died in 1993 at the age of 88.
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The Peter Lipman-Wulf Collection documents the life and professional activities of Peter Lipman-Wulf, a sculptor and a teacher; it includes correspondence, writings and interviews, printed materials, personal, professional, and financial documents, and drawings. The bulk of the collection consists of both, personal and professional correspondence and biographical and professional writings with other types of materials constituting a far smaller portion of the collection.
The collection is divided into four series::
- Series I: Personal, 1926-1996
- Subseries 1: Correspondence, 1926-1996
- Subseries 2: Les Milles, 1982-1994
- Subseries 3: In Memoriam, 1993-1995
- Subseries 4: Various, 1928-1992
- Series II: Professional, 1917-1994
- Subseries 1: Correspondence, 1938-1993
- Subseries 2: Writings, 1917-1992
- Subseries 3: Radio Shows, 1950-
- Subseries 4: Various, 1928-1994
- Series III: Printed Materials, 1946-1995
- Series IV: Photographs, 1960s-1980s
- Adelphi University
- Artifacts (object genre)
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Financial records
- Internment camp inmates as artists
- Jewish artists
- Les Milles (Concentration camp)
- Lipman-Wulf, Peter
- Manuscripts (documents)
- Official documents
- Printed materials
- Restitution -- Germany
- United States
- WEVD (Radio station : New York, N.Y.)
- Guide to the Papers of Peter Lipman-Wulf (1905-1993) 1917-1995 bulk 1940-1993 AR 3270
- Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar
- © 2011
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation
- March 2012: Links to digital objects added in Container List.
Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository
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