Frederick Zimmermann Papers

Finding Aid Prepared by William Stingone
January 2001

Date Range: 1933-1959
Size of Collection: ca.150 items (1 box)
Date of Acquisition: Gift of Mrs. Frederick Zimmermann, 1975
Material on Microfilm: No material on microfilm.
Terms of Access: Available for faculty, students, or researchers engaged in scholarly or publication projects.
Restrictions on Use or Access: Permission to publish materials must also be obtained in writing from the Director of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.
Location in Stacks: In vault.
Processing Information: Processed by Kenneth A. Lohf.


       Frederick Zimmermann (1906-1967) was born on May 18, 1906 in New York City. He played double bass in the New York Philharmonic from 1930-1966 serving as its principle player for much of his tenure. Zimmerman studied with Herman Reinshagen and succeeded him on the faculty of the Juliard School in 1935. Zimmermann also taught at the Mannes College of Music Columbia University the Manhattan School of Music and New York University. Zimmermann made notable contributions to the literature of his instrument transcribing music from the 14th through 20th centuries. In 1966 he published A contemporary concept of bowing technique for the double bass.

In addition to music Zimmerman was active in the visual arts he studied painting with George Grosz at the Art Students' League had three one-man shows and often lectured on modern German painters.

Zimmermann married his wife Dorothy in 1931. They had one son Edwin. Zimmermann died at the age of 61 on August 3 1967 while visiting Ohlstadt Germany.


       A collection of letters written to Zimmermann. Most of the letters relate to a group of German artists called "Der Blaue Reiter" ("The Blue Rider"). Zimmermann assisted in the planning for the exhibition of the group, held at the Curt Valentin Gallery, December 7, 1954-January 8, 1955, and much of the correspondence relates to the exhibition. Included are letters from Albert Bloch, David Burliuk, Mrs. Nina Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Gabriele Münter. Also, important files of correspondence from John B. Flannagan and George Grosz.

Cataloged Corrrespondence

 Bloch, Albert
     To Frederick Zimmermann
       Lawrence, Kansas, 3 Nov 1954-21 June 1957
       4 a.l.s.
       1 a.n.s.
       1 a.p.c.s.

 Bloch, Anna Francis
     To Frederick Zimmermann
       Lawrence, Kansas, 22 Nov-16 Dec 1954
       3 t.l.s.

 Burliuk, David and Mary
     To Curt Valentine Gallery
       Brandenton, Florida, 27 Dec 1954
       1 a.p.c.s.

     Note: A painting by Burliuk is on the verso of the card.

 Capendonk, Heinrich
     To Mrs. Beckmann
       Amsterdam, 29 Oct, 7 Nov 1954
       2 a.l.s.

     Note: With related correspondence from Mrs. Beckmann.

 Flannagan, John B.
     To Curt Valentin
       Boston and New York, Jan-Sept 1941
       3 t.l.s.
       6 a.l.s.
       1 a.p.c.s.

 Flannagan, John B.
     Attribution to Curt Valentin of the right of reproduction of his works of sculpture
       New York, 11 June 1941
       1 t.d.s.

 Grosz, Eva
     To Dorothy and Frederick Zimmermann
       Douglaston, New York and Berlin, 1946, 1947, 1960
       2 a.l.s.
       1 p.l.

 Grosz, George
     To Frederick Zimmermann
       New York, Douglaston, and Huntington, NY; Cape Cod, Wellfleet, and South Yarmouth, MA; Berlin, ca.1933, 1941-149, 1953, 1956, 1959
       12 a.l.s.
       5 a.n.s.
       3 t.l.s.
       3 a.p.c.s.
       1 t.p.c.s.

 Kandinsky, Nina
     To Curt Valentin Gallery
       Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, 17 Feb 1955
       1 t.l.s.

 Klee, Paul
     To Curt Valentin
       Bern, 1 Jan 1940
       1 a.l.s.

 Klee, Paul
     To [Charles Frederic?] Weller
       Bern, 25 Aug 1939
       1 a.l.s.

 Mann, Thomas
     Dinner Menu, Lake Mohonk House
       Lake Mohonk, NY, 19 June 1945
       1 p.d.s.

 Münter, Gabriele
     To Frederick Zimmermann
       Murnau, Germany, 1954-1955, 1957-1959
       7 a.l.s.
       5 a.p.c.s.

 Pasternak, Boris
     To Frederick Zimmermann
       Moscow, 9 Sept 1959
       1 a.n.s.

 Valentin, Curt
     To Dorothy and Frederick Zimmermann
       Forte dei Marmi, Italy, 2 Aug 1954
       1 a.p.c.s.

Clippings, Photographs and Printed Material

 Curt Valentin Gallery
     Der Blaue Reiter Exhibition Catalog and related material
       New York, 1954-1955
       16 pieces

 Flannagan, John B.
     Re his sculpture
       2 photographs
       1 clipping

 Grosz, George
     Miscellaneous catalogues and clippings
       7 pieces

 Münter, Gabriele
     Catalogs, clippings, and reproductions of her work
       4 pieces

 Zimmermann, Frederick
     Correspondence and manuscript notes re "Blaue Reiter" exhibition, New York, 1954-1955
       12 pieces

 Lehmbruck, Wilhelm
     Photograph of Lehmbruck in his studio
       Germany, ca.1918

 Valentin, Curt
     Clippings, tributes, obituaries
       13 pieces

 Valentin, Curt
     Photograph of Valentin

 Valentin, Curt
     Photographs of Valetin's apartment
ca. Aug 1954
       7 photgraphs

 Valentin, Curt, and Marino and Marina Marini
       Forte dei Marmi ca. Aug 1954
       3 photographs