Rosenwald, Lessing J. Lessing Julius 1891-1979

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From the description of Lessing J. Rosenwald interview, 1970 Aug. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80812816

Background: Rosenwald acquired photographs of each woodcut in 21 copies of the Strassburg 1496 Terence (Goff T-94), compared them, and documented the variants. His article analysing the production of Grüninger's Terence was never completed. Rosenwald sought the advice of Rudolf Hirsch, whose three pages of comments accompany the material.

From the description of Notes for and draft of article concerning the printing of the composite woodcut illustrations in Comoediae of Terentius by Johannes Grüninger (Strassburg, 1496), 1970s. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155896067

Biographical Note

  • 1891, Feb. 10: Born, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1909 - 1911 : Attended Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • 1913: Married Edith Goodkind
  • 1920: General manager, Sears, Roebuck and Co., Philadelphia plant, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 1925 - 1926 : Began collecting prints, drawings, and rare books
  • 1928: Executive vice president, Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  • 1931 - 1932 : Vice president, board of directors, and chairman, executive committee, Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  • 1932 - 1939 : Chairman, board of directors, Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  • 1932 - 1948 : Chairman, board of trustees, Julius Rosenwald Fund
  • 1939: Retired from Sears, Roebuck and Co. Opened Alverthorpe Gallery, Jenkintown, Pa.
  • 1941 - 1943 : Director, Conservation Division, War Production Board
  • 1943: Donated print collection to the National Gallery of Art and rare books to the Library of Congress Founder and chairman, American Council for Judaism
  • 1963: Awarded Philadelphia Art Alliance Medal of Achievement
  • 1967: Received Philadelphia Award Received Donald F. Hyde Award, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
  • 1979, June 24: Died, Jenkintown, Pa.

From the guide to the Lessing J. Rosenwald Papers, 1891-1979, (bulk 1932-1979), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection Archive, 1913-2005, (bulk 1945-1990) Rare Book and Special Collections Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. Papers, 1903-2005. Harvard University Art Museum
creatorOf Trevilian, Thomas, b. ca. 1548. Trevelyon miscellany [manuscript], 1608. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Mary Hyde Eccles papers Houghton Library
creatorOf Rosenwald, Lessing J. (Lessing Julius), 1891-1979. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Johnson, Alvin Saunders, 1874-. Alvin Saunders Johnson papers, 1902-1969 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Inglis, Esther, 1571-1624,. Les CL pseaumes de David escrites en diverses sortes de lettres par Esther Anglois, Françoise, Lislebourg [manuscript], 1599. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Adler, Cyrus, 1863-1940. Papers, 1866-1942, 1907-1939 (bulk). University of Pennsylvania, Center Judaic Studies
creatorOf Rosenwald, Lessing J. (Lessing Julius), 1891-1979. Notes for and draft of article concerning the printing of the composite woodcut illustrations in Comoediae of Terentius by Johannes Grüninger (Strassburg, 1496), 1970s. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Lessing J. Rosenwald Papers, 1891-1979, (bulk 1932-1979) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Papers of John Coolidge and Agnes Mongan, 1909-2006 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Hudson, Manley Ottmer, 1886-1960. Papers, 1894-1960 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Elfriede Abbe papers, 1840-2010. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Rosenwald, Lessing J. (Lessing Julius), 1891-1979. Hideo Hagiwara : a special selection of some outstanding recent work : especially prepared for Mr. Lessing J. Rosenwald. National Gallery of Art Library
referencedIn University of Chicago. Service League. Records, 1897-1994. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Weitenkampf, Frank, 1866-1962. Frank Weitenkampf letters, 1889-1942. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Abbe, Elfriede Martha, 1919-. Elfriede Abbe papers, 1939-1989. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Chandieu, Antoine de, 1534-1591. Octonaries upon the vanitie and inconstancie of the world [manuscript], 1607 December 23 / writin and limd be me Esther Inglis. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Standard, Paul, 1896-1992. Letter, 1977 December 5 [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Rosenwald, Lessing J., 1891-1979. Correspondence to Eugene Ormandy, 1970. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Archives of the Fogg Art Museum, 1895-1985 (inclusive). Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn University of Chicago Service League. Records, 1897-2007 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
creatorOf Chandieu, Antoine de, 1534-1591. Octonaries upon the vanitie and inconstancie of the world [manuscript], 1600/01 January 1 / writin by Esther Inglis. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Washington, George, 1732-1799. ALS : Mount Vernon, to Philip John Schuyler, 1784 Jan. 21. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Alvin Saunders Johnson papers, 1902-1969 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Papers of John Coolidge and Agnes Mongan, 1909-2006 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
creatorOf Rosenbach Company. Correspondence, 1903-1953 Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Rosenwald, Lessing J. (Lessing Julius), 1891-1979. Lessing J. Rosenwald interview, 1970 Aug. 18. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Wolsey, Louis, 1877-1953. Papers, 1866-1948 (bulk 1942-1948). American Jewish Archives
referencedIn New York Times Company records. Arthur Hays Sulzberger papers, 1823-1999 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Admiral Lewis Lichtenstein Strauss Papers, 1908-1973 American Jewish Historical Society
creatorOf Inglis, Esther, 1571-1624,. Argumenta psalmorum Davidis per tetrasticha manu Estherae Inglis exarata strenae nomine illus : [manuscript] : principi Henrico oblata, 1608. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn American Council for Judaism. Records, 1943-1988. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Mongan, Elizabeth. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1942-1962. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn David E. Finley papers, 1921-1977 Library of Congress
creatorOf Powell, J.H. (John Harvey), 1914-. Papers of John H. Powell, 1935-1974. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Arna Bontemps Papers, 1927-1968 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Zigrosser, Carl, 1891-. Carl Zigrosser papers, 1891-1971. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Reminiscences of the Far West, and other trips, 1861-1918, 1861-1918 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Glueck, Sheldon, 1896-1990. Papers, 1916-1972 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Rosenwald, Lessing J. (Lessing Julius), 1891-1979. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1941-1971, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Mongan, Elizabeth,. Oral history interview with Elizabeth Mongan, 1989 June 22 and 23. National Gallery of Art Library
creatorOf Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. ALS : Washington, D.C., to Edwin M. Stanton, 1863 Oct. 16. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Abraham Flexner Papers, 1865-1989, (bulk 1900-1959) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Hagstrum, Jean H., 1913-1995. Jean Hagstrum Papers, 1921-1995. Northwestern University
referencedIn Flexner, Abraham, 1866-1959. Abraham Flexner papers, 1865-1989 (bulk 1900-1959). Library of Congress
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z and unidentified Houghton Library
referencedIn Roscoe Pound papers, 1888-1964 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Abbe, Elfriede Martha, 1919- person
associatedWith Adler, Cyrus, 1863-1940. person
associatedWith Alverthorpe Gallery (Jenkintown, Pa.). corporateBody
associatedWith America First Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith American Council for Judaism. corporateBody
associatedWith Ayer, Edward Everett, 1841-1927 person
correspondedWith Billikopf, Jacob, 1883-1950 person
associatedWith Bontemps, Arna, 1902-1973 person
correspondedWith Bowen, Catherine Drinker, 1897-1973 person
correspondedWith Boyd, Julian P. (Julian Parks), 1903-1980 person
associatedWith Chandieu, Antoine de, 1534-1591. person
associatedWith Citizens Committee on Displaced Persons. corporateBody
correspondedWith Clark, Joseph S. person
correspondedWith Coolidge, John, 1913-1995 person
correspondedWith Dilworth, Richardson, 1898-1974 person
correspondedWith Donovan, William J. (William Joseph), 1883-1959 person
associatedWith Eccles, Mary Hyde. person
correspondedWith Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969 person
correspondedWith Endicott, H. Wendell (Henry Wendell), 1880-1954 person
associatedWith Finley, David E. (David Edward) person
correspondedWith Flexner, Abraham, 1866-1959. person
associatedWith Fogg Art Museum. corporateBody
correspondedWith Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965 person
correspondedWith Gimbel, Ellis A., 1865-1950 person
associatedWith Glueck, Sheldon, 1896- person
correspondedWith Goff, Frederick Richmond, 1916-1982 person
associatedWith Goldman, Judith person
correspondedWith Greenaway, Emerson, 1906- person
associatedWith Grüninger, Johannes. person
associatedWith Hagstrum, Jean H., 1913-1995 person
associatedWith Hirsch, Rudolf, 1906-1990. person
associatedWith Houghton Library. person
associatedWith Hudson, Manley Ottmer, 1886- person
associatedWith International Congress of Bibliophiles. corporateBody
associatedWith Johnson, Alvin Saunders, 1874- person
associatedWith Julius Rosenwald Fund. corporateBody
correspondedWith Kollek, Teddy, 1911-2007 person
correspondedWith Lazaron, Morris S. (Morris Samuel), 1888- person
correspondedWith Lazarus, Fred, 1884-1973 person
correspondedWith Lehman, Herbert H. (Herbert Henry), 1878-1963 person
associatedWith Library of Congress. corporateBody
correspondedWith Library of Congress. Rare Book and Special Collections Division corporateBody
associatedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. person
correspondedWith Loeb, Jacob M. (Jacob Moritz), 1875-1944 person
correspondedWith Mellon, Paul person
correspondedWith Menninger, William Claire, 1899-1966 person
associatedWith Mongan, Elizabeth. person
correspondedWith Morgenstern, Julian, 1881-1976 person
associatedWith National Gallery of Art (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith New York Times Company corporateBody
correspondedWith Niebuhr, Reinhold, 1892-1971 person
correspondedWith Ormandy, Eugene, 1899- person
correspondedWith Pepper, George Wharton, 1867-1961 person
associatedWith Philadelphia Museum of Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Philip H. & A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964 person
associatedWith Powell, J.H. (John Harvey), 1914- person
associatedWith Print Council of America. corporateBody
correspondedWith Ravdin, Isidore S. (Isidore Schwaner), 1894- person
correspondedWith Rockefeller, David, 1915- person
correspondedWith Rockefeller, John D., Jr. (John Davison), 1874-1960 person
correspondedWith Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962 person
associatedWith Rosenbach Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Rosenbach, Philip H. (Philip Hyman), 1863-1953 person
correspondedWith Rosenwald, Edith Goodkind person
correspondedWith Rosenwald, William, 1903- person
associatedWith Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. person
associatedWith Sears, Roebuck and Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Solis-Cohen, D. Hays, -1978 person
associatedWith Standard, Paul, 1896-1992. person
correspondedWith Stern, Horace, 1878-1969 person
correspondedWith Stettinius, Edward R. (Edward Reilly), 1900-1949 person
correspondedWith Strauss, Lewis L. person
associatedWith Trevilian, Thomas, b. ca. 1548. person
correspondedWith Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 person
associatedWith United States. National Recovery Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. War Production Board. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Chicago. Service League. corporateBody
associatedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799. person
correspondedWith Weinberg, Sidney J. (Sidney James) 1891-1969 person
associatedWith Weitenkampf, Frank, 1866-1962. person
correspondedWith Wolf, Edwin, 1911-1991 person
correspondedWith Wolsey, Louis, 1877-1953. person
correspondedWith Wood, Robert Elkington, 1879- person
associatedWith Zigrosser, Carl, 1891- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Germany
United States
Subject
Art museums--Washington (D.C.)
Woodcuts, German--15th century
Bibliography
Prints--Collectors and collecting
Parks--Pennsylvania--Jenkintown
World War, 1939-1945--Economic aspects--United States
Isolationism
Art, American
Refugees
Charities
Jews--Societies, etc
Art patrons--Interviews
Illustration of books--15th century
Book collecting
Zionism
Industrial policy--United States
Education--United States
National libraries--United States
Emigration and immigration
Jews--Charities
Art--Collectors and collecting--Interviews
Occupation
Bibliophiles
Collector
Businessmen
Philanthropists
Activity

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Birth 1891-02-10

Death 1979-06-24

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