Series IIb: Project Files 1926–1975

The series Project Files consists of materials pertaining to prints, paintings, glass works, lettering, and various other projects completed by Josef Albers, often in collaboration with a printmaker or other organization. Of note among the materials are correspondence, print documentation, lists and notes related to print portfolios made in collaboration with Gemini G.E.L., Ives-Sillman, Tamarind Lithography Workshop, and Tyler Workshop. The bulk of material relating to Josef’s lettering is found in this subseries, containing studies, writings, photographs and printed materials on his Kombinationschrift alphabet. Other highlights include a clipping with Josef’s design for the National Gallery of Art Science Stamp Competition, a drawing of the IV Bienal Americana de Grabado-Santiago Chile poster design, an example of the Container Corporation logo design, and instructions with drawings to build a wren house.

Description Dates Box Folder
Prints

American Block Print Catalogue. Aquarium correspondence
and print

1939 42 1

Brooklyn Museum of Art. American Graphic Artists of the Twentieth
Century No. 8: Josef Albers Prints 1915–1970
, notes and Jo
Miller’s typed photocopy draft with JA’s handwritten corrections

undated 42 2

Editions Denise René price list and bulletins for 1966 Homage
au Carré
prints

1966–1967 42 3
Gemini G.E.L.

White Line Squares Series II, complete series

1966 42 4

Correspondence, print documentation prices

1971–1975 42 5

Embossed Linear Constructions, incomplete series

1969 42 6

White Line Squares, correspondence, print documentation, shipping
slips, notes and publicity

1966–1967, 1973 42 7(1)

White Embossings on Grey, brochures

1971 42 7(2)

Catalogue Raisonné

1971 42 8

Embossed Linear Constructions, White Line Squares, and White
Embossing on Gray
, correspondence, print documentation,
price lists, shipping slips, notes, sketches, publicity and photocopy
of introduction to Embossed Linear Constructions

1968–1973, undated 42 9

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. “Josef Albers Honors
the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,” correspondence

1969–1974 42 10
Ives-Sillman

Price lists and inventories

1971–1974 42 11

Homage to the Square: Ten Works by Josef Albers,
publication announcement

1962 42 12(1)

Josef Albers: Ten Variants, publication

1967 42 12(2)

Invoices and checks

1966–1973 42 13

1970 Birthday Square, two prints and envelope with
handwritten notes

1970 42 14(1)

1973 LXXIIIa and LXXIIIb prints celebrating 85th birthday,
announcement

1973 42 14(2)

1969 Homage to the Square I-S d, publication announcement

1969 42 14(3)

Metropolitan Museum of Art. Red Orange Wall print order form

1970 42 15
Tamarind Lithography Workshop

Day and Night: Homage to the Square, print specifications

1963 42 16

Midnight and Noon, announcement and print specifications

1964 42 17

Correspondence, notes, fact sheets and press releases

1960–1970 42 18
Tyler Workshop

Gray Instrumentation I, print documentation and announcement

1974 42 19

Gray Instrumentation II, print documentation and announcement

1975 42 20

Webb and Parsons print lists

1971, undated 42 21

Portfolios, lists

undated 42 22

Handwritten notes

undated 42 23

Miscellaneous notes and lists regarding gifts, deliveries, prices, and
titles of prints and portfolios

undated 42 24

Exhibition labels

1940s 42 25

Enclosures for prints being sent as gifts

undated 42 26

Graphic Portfolios, lists

circa 1971–1976 43 1
Paintings

Shipping and delivery lists

1961–1971, undated 43 3

Price lists

1963–1973, undated 43 4

Homage to the Square proportion sketch

undated 43 2

Homage to the Square dimensions and sketch

undated 118 3

Variants dimensions and sketches

undated 118 3

Variants dimensions and sketches

undated 118 4–5

Variants labels removed by Martina Yamin

undated 118 6
Glass works

Handwritten statement on untitled glass assemblage (Circle 1921)
in Hirshhorn Collection

1972 43 5

Statement on City from Jahresbericht 1960 of Zürcher
Kunstgesellschaft. Typescript, typescript carbon and typescript
mimeograph with German and English translation

undated 43 6

“Untitled statement on the Glass Paintings” from Josef Albers
Portfolio
, Vol. 2. Typescript carbon and mimeograph

undated 43 7

Statement on In the Water, from Abstract and Surrealist Art in
America
by Sidney Janis. Typescript carbon with handwritten notes

1943 43 8

Statement on construction of Skyscrapers, handwritten

undated 43 9

Photocopies of articles regarding JA’s glass works (includes
copy of “zu meinem glas-wandbildern” in a bis z 30, Cologne,
February 1933.)

1933–1934 43 10

“Abstrakte Kompositionen auf opakem Glas,” Glaswelt

November 1958 43 11

City offprints

undated 43 12

Interlocked / Façade offprints

undated 43 13

Correspondence regarding glass works

1961–1980 43 14

Correspondence regarding damaged works

1934 43 15

Lists of glass work titles and framed dimensions

circa 1950–1970 43 16 (1)

Photographs of Josef Albers' glass works, returned from the MOMA June 2016 (photos by JA (?) and Erich Consemüller)

undated 43 16 (2)
Lettering

Studies

circa 1926 43 17

Study, “Im Jahre 1832…”

circa 1926 43 18

Stencil typeface “Schablonenschrift,” leaflet offprint circa 1927
(includes photocopy of article “Zur ökonomie der Schriftform”)

undated 43 19

Design for universal typeface

circa 1926 43 20

Correspondence and notes regarding lettering

1949, 1960, undated 43 21

Typografia, No. 1 and No. 5 with photocopies of pages,
November–December 1931, September–October 1932

1931–1932 43 22

Photograph of exhibition catalogue cover for “Internationale
Avantegarde 1927–1929,” Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
(JA lettering is used for catalogue cover)

1963 43 23

Photocopy of study for Schlablonenschrift from Offset No. 7

1926 43 24

Glass lettering, circa 1928. Photographs with handwritten description,
typescript carbon writing and photocopies of lettering and writing

circa 1965, undated 43 25

“Hand and Eye are Symbolic of the Visual Arts”

undated 43 26

Kombinationschrift as represented by Photo-Lettering, Inc.

1961 43 27

“Kombinationschrift ‘3’” in special edition of Bauhaus, photocopies

January 1931 43 28

Kombinationschrift packets put together by JA comprised of
reproductions of its appearance

undated 43 28

Reproductions of lettering demonstration charts

undated 43 29
Armchair

Typescript and typescript carbon notes with drawings

circa 1926 43 30

Article from TVAR No. 1 with handwritten notes on article

1949 43 31
Wood frames

Sketches

undated 43 32

Sketches of raw wood frames from Braxton Art Company

undated 43 33
Furniture

Handwritten notes (see Box 34 Folder 1)

undated 43 34(1)
Woodcuts, lithographs and machine engravings

List

undated 43 34(2)

List (photocopy) of machine engraved Structural Constellations
with hand drawn diagrams

undated 43 35

Structural Constellations. Reproductions of drawing
announcements and reproduction

1962, undated 43 36

Structural Constellations. Drawings

undated 43 29

Line Intaglios, lists and drawings

1968, undated 43 37

Sonnige Pfingsten and Ich wünsche ein glücklich Friedensjahr/Josef
Albers
, notes, photographs and magazine clipping

undated 43 38

Plate rubbings made by JA

undated 118 8

Miscellaneous notes and dimensions

undated 118 9

Die Oberfläche, Baden-Baden/Agis Verlag. Correspondence and
drawings

1964–1967 44 1

Washburn Bible (Bradbury Thompson) Correspondence and publicity

1960–1975 44 2

National Gallery of Art Science Stamp Competition Clippings.

1963–1964 44 3

“The Critic and the Visual Arts,” The American Federation of Arts
Biennial Convention (1965) American Art Poster catalogue and
advertisement

1968 44 4

League of Women Voters poster. Correspondence and contract

1969 44 5

IV Bienal Americana de Grabado-Santiago Chile poster,
correspondence, drawing, and notes

1969 44 6

1972 Olympic Games poster design. Correspondence, contract,
notes and publicity

1969–1973 44 7–8

Graphic Arts USA stamp. Invoices [see Bradbury Thompson]

1974 44 9

Command Records. Correspondence and publicity

1963 44 10

Lists of things to do

undated 44 11

Contact prints with negative image of JA Prints

undated 44 18(1–2)