Archives of American Art

A Finding Aid to the Emil Weddige papers, circa 1926-1979, in the Archives of American Art


Collection ID:
Weddige, Emil, 1907-2001
circa 1926-1979
The collection is in English and French.
Physical Description:
3.1 Linear feet
The papers of Emil Weddige measure 3.1 linear feet and date from circa 1926-1979. The papers detail Weddige's time spent as a professor of art at the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Design, and as an artist and lithographer through biographical material, correspondence, writings, personal business records, exhibition files, printed materials, photographs, and artwork.

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
The Emil Weddige papers measure 3.1 linear feet and date from circa 1926-1979. Included biographical materials consist of a resume, and an interview transcript. Correspondence is composed of letters to and from Weddige regarding his personal and professional life. Writings includes lectures, speeches, various writings, notes, and comments. Exhibition and Gallery Files consists of materials related to various exhibits Weddige took part in. Personal Business Records includes documents and materials related to Weddige's time as an instructor and his activities as a lithographer. Printed Material is composed of exhibition announcements and catalogs, magazine and newspaper clippings, and yearbooks. Photographic material includes photos of Weddige, his artwork, and professional activities. Artwork consists of sketches and drawings, original sketches for color lithographs, and paintings.


This collection is arranged as eight series. Nitrate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1940-1969 (.1 Linear feet: Box 1)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1930-1973 (.9 Linear feet: Box 1)
  • Series 3: Writings, circa 1940-1979 (.2 Linear feet: Box 2)
  • Series 4: Exhibition and Gallery Files, circa 1950-1969 (.1 Linear feet: Box 2)
  • Series 5: Personal Business Records, circa 1940-1974 (.5 Linear feet: Box 2)
  • Series 6: Printed Material, circa 1930-1973 (.7 Linear feet: Boxes 2-3)
  • Series 7: Photographic Material, circa 1926-1970 (.3 Linear feet: Box 3)
  • Series 8: Artwork, circa 1940-1972 (.3 Linear feet: Box 3 and OV 4)

Biographical / Historical

Biographical / Historical
Emil Weddige (1907-2001) was a lithographer and teacher who worked primarily in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was born in Sandwich, Ontario, Canada to American parents of French, German, and Windot background. In 1934 Weddige earned a bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University and studied under Morris Kantor at the Art Students League in New York and Emil Ganso in Woodstock, New York. In 1937 he became a teaching fellow at the University of Michigan where he went on to become an instructor in 1957. While acting as a teaching fellow he earned a Master of Design degree. In 1949 Weddige established a second studio in Paris, France to which he travelled intermittently. In 1957 he was appointed Professor Emeritus by Eastern Michigan University and was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.
Weddige held more than one hundred one-man shows in both the United States and Europe, received more than twenty-five major art awards, and published a book on his techniques, Lithography, in 1966. Weddige's work is in permanent collections of more than a dozen museums including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. His lithographs appear in public buildings throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Weddige died in 2001 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Allessandra Liberati
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers were lent for microfilming in 1973 by Emil Weddige. The bulk of the microfilmed material and additional papers were donated 1973.
Separated Materials
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material donated for microfilming (reels 950 and 987-990) including: correspondence, sketches, drawings and watercolors, essays, writings and lectures, lists of Weddige's works, exhibition catalogs and announcements, notes, and brochures.
Existence and Location of Copies
Material lent for microfilming is available on 35mm microfilm reel(s) 950 and 987-990 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Processing Information
This collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared, by Allessandra Liberati in 2023.

Using the Collection

Conditions Governing Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Preferred Citation
Emil Weddige papers, circa 1926-1979 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
The archives also hold an interview of Emil Weddige conducted 1977 Dec. 17-1978 Feb. 11 by Stephen Hamp.


Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Lithography -- United States Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists' studios -- Photographs Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lithographers -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art teachers -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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