Curt Maury Papers
FSA.A1989.05

Summary
Collection ID:
FSA.A1989.05
Creators:
Maury, Curt
Dates:
1953-circa 1985
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
12.7 linear feet
Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
The Curt Maury papers, dating from 1953 to circa 1985, measure 12.7 linear feet and include writings and notes for planned and published books; travel files and expense ledgers for trips to India; photograph ledgers; and extensive photographs and slides of India.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The Curt Maury papers, dating from 1953 to circa 1985, measure 12.7 linear feet and consist of writings and notes for planned and published books; travel files and expense ledgers for trips to India; photograph ledgers; and extensive photographs and slides of India.
The collection was created by Maury primarily in preparation for an unpublished book to be titled, “India’s Folk Tradition as the Mirror of Mankind’s Religious History.” Materials include manuscript and typescript drafts and notes for this book, as well as for published book,
Folk Origins of Indian Art
(1969). Travel files include printed maps of India, Maury’s sketched map outlines of cities in India, and five travel expense ledgers. Photographic materials consist of black and white prints and slides depicting Indian folk art, including religious artifacts and structures, and Indian cultural activities and surroundings. Nine photograph ledgers describe images and locations of photographs and slides with roll and image number.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 3 series.
Series 1: Writings and Notes, circa 1960s-circa 1970s [3.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-5, 7-11]
Series 2: Travel Files, 1953-1975 [0.4 linear feet; Box 5, 1 OV Folder]
Series 3: Photographic Material, circa 1960-circa 1985 [8.5 linear feet; Boxes 6, 12-44]

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Curt Maury (1909-1989) was a writer, social services administrator, and scholar of Indian art. He was born in Germany, earned a PhD in German Literature from the University of Vienna in 1935, and immigrated to the United States in 1939. While pursuing a literary career through the publication of novels, plays, and poems, Maury developed an interest in India, which he visited many times from the 1950s through the 1970s. He conducted research on Indian folk art, and kept extensive photographic records.

Administration
Processing Information note
The collection was archivally processed and a finding aid prepared by Anna Rimel in 2017 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Institution’s Collections Care and Preservation Fund. For this collection, minimal level processing was implemented, which included arrangement to the series, subseries and folder levels, adhering to the creator’s original arrangement as much as possible. Generally, folder contents were simply verified with the original folder titles, but items within folders were not arranged further. All materials were rehoused in archival folders and boxes for long-term stability, but staples and other fasteners have not all been removed.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Anna Rimel
Sponsor
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The papers were donated to the Archives after Curt Maury’s death in 1989 by his brother, Hans Tischler.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Access is by appointment only. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment. Due to special storage, this collection requires a minimum of one week's notice prior to access.
Preferred Citation note
Curt Maury Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Mr. Hans Tischler.
Conditions Governing Use note
Permission to reproduce and publish an item from the Archives is coordinated through the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's Rights and Reproductions Department. Please contact the Archives in order to initiate this process.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Karnataka (India)--Social life and customs Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Photographs--1950-1960--Black-and-white photoprints--Silver gelatin Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rajasthan (India) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Taj Mahal (Agra, India) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Washington, D.C., 20013
Phone: 202-633-0533
AVRreference@si.edu