Kitty C. L. Fischer papers relating to Frans Wildenhain

Collection ID:
Fischer, Kitty C. L.
Multiple languages
Fifty-four letters and an announcement are in Dutch. Forty-four letters are in German.
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet
(on partial microfilm reel)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Letters, 1940-1981, are primarily from ceramist Frans Wildenhain to Kitty and Hermann Fischer. Thirteen of the letters are illustrated. Also included are a watercolor sketch, undated; 3 clippings and an announcement for Wildenhain's pottery in Putten, Holland; and photographs, 1944-1975, of Wildenhain with his third wife Lili and Fischer's friend Helen Weynerowsky, and of 3 pots by Wildenhain.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Kitty, a weaver, and Hermann Fischer, an architect, both of Holland, became acquainted with ceramist Frans Wildenhain as fellow students at the Bauhaus. They maintained their friendship throughout World War II via correspondence. Wildenhain established pottery workshops in Putten and Amsterdam, Holland before immigrating to the United States in 1947. After spending three years with the Pond Farm Workshops in Guerneville, California, he became an instructor at the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology, N.Y. After his divorce from Marguerite Friedlaender Wildenhain in 1955, he was married to Marjorie McIlroy until her death in 1967. His third wife was Elisabeth (Lili) Wildenhain.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 5257 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1981 by Kitty C. L. Fischer.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Pottery -- 20th century -- New York (State) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Weavers Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ceramicists -- New York (State) -- Rochester Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wildenhain, Frans, 1905-1980 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fischer, Hermann G.L. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bauhaus -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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