Collection on the Guggenheim family

Collection on the Guggenheim family

Collection Overview

Repository:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives.
Creator:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Library and Archives Department.
Title:
Collection on the Guggenheim family
Call Number:
A0057
Dates:
1929-1992 (bulk 1967-1987)
Volume:
.35 cubic ft. (1 box)
Historical Abstract:
The Guggenheim family refers to a number of descendants of Meyer Guggenheim who were known for their successes in mining and smelting, and later for their philanthropy in diverse areas such as aviation and modern art.
Scope and Content Abstract:
The Collection on the Guggenheim family spans the years 1929-1992 (bulk 1967-1987) and documents the lives of select Guggenheim family members. The collection includes family trees, biographies, obituaries, photographs, a wedding announcement, correspondence, press releases, news articles and descriptions of Guggenheim estates. Highlights of this collection include photographs of Solomon R. Guggenheim and his nephew Harry F. Guggenheim as well as correspondence between former Guggenheim Archivist Ward Jackson and former President Peter Lawson-Johnston.
Location:
CF
Language:
Collection is primarily in English.
Arrangement:
Alphabetical by name.
Restrictions:
This collection is partially restricted. Please contact the Manager of the Library and Archives for further information.
Publication Rights:
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Manager of the Library and Archives.
Preferred Citation:
Collection on the Guggenheim family. A0057. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York, NY.
Subjects:
Guggenheim, Charles, 1924-2002.
Guggenheim, Daniel, 1856-1930.
Guggenheim, Edmond A. (Edmond Alfred), 1888-1972.
Guggenheim, Harry Frank, 1890-1971.
Guggenheim, Irene. 1868-1954.
Guggenheim, Meyer, 1828-1905.
Guggenheim, Olga (Olga Hirsch), 1858-1970.
Guggenheim, Pegeen, 1925-1967.
Guggenheim, Peggy, 1898-1979.
Guggenheim, Solomon R. (Solomon Robert), 1861-1949.
Lawson-Johnston, Peter Orman, 1927-
Patterson, Alicia, 1907-1963.
Contributors:
Jackson, Ward, 1928-2004.
Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff in June 2009.

Historical Note

The Guggenheim family refers to a number of descendants of Meyer Guggenheim who were known for their successes in mining and smelting, and later for their philanthropy in diverse areas such as aviation and modern art - for example the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory; the Guggenheim museums in New York, Bilbao, Venice and Berlin; and I. M. Pei's Guggenheim Pavilion at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. The following is a brief summary of the family's history.

The Guggenheim family emigrated from Lengnau, Switzerland to the United States in 1848. Five of the brothers participated in the business activities of the family: Daniel, Murry, Isaac, Solomon, and Simon. The two younger brothers were Ben and William. Sadly, Ben lost his life on the Titanic in 1912. However, he left a daughter, Peggy Guggenheim, who became a well known figure in the modern art world. Daniel Guggenheim (DG) became the head of the family in 1905 and was an avid promoter of aviation and rocketry. He funded several aeronautic institute programs at various universities around the country and his foundation continues to provide grants in the fields of flight and aeronautics. DG's son Harry Frank Guggenheim (HFG), the founder of Newsday, also created his own foundation, The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. HFG's Foundation's primary focus is the study of nature and the causes of aggression. HFG also served as president of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF), which Solomon R. Guggenheim (SRG) established in 1937. Edmund Alfred Guggenheim (EAG), Murry's son and cousin to HFG, became president of the Murry and Leonie Guggenheim Dental Clinic in 1939, where EAG remained until his death in 1972. Olga Hirsch Guggenheim, wife of former 1907 Colorado senator Simon Guggenheim, had two sons with her husband, both of whom died young. She and her husband went on to devote their resources to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, both during their lifetimes and in bequests after their deaths. In 1937 SRG, scion of the wealthy Guggenheim family, established the SRGF and set up the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, with several hundred pieces of artwork from his own collection. SRG associated SRGF with names such as Rudolf Bauer, Wassily Kandisky, Frank Lloyd Wright and Hilla Rebay to create the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. At one time, the SRGF was chaired by SRG's grandson Peter Lawson-Johnson.

Bibliography

"Edmond Guggenheim Is Dead; Retired Copper Executive, 84," New York Times, March 16, 1972.
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation. "The Family of John Simon Guggenheim." http://www.gf.org (accessed September 29, 2008).
"Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Dead; Philanthropist and Arts Patron," New York Times, February 16, 1970.
"Solomon R. Guggenheim Records." A0040. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York, NY.

Scope and Content Note

The Collection on the Guggenheim family spans the years 1929-1992 (bulk 1967-1976) and documents the lives of select Guggenheim family members. The collection includes family trees, biographies, obituaries, photographs, a wedding announcement, correspondence, press releases, news articles and descriptions of Guggenheim estates. A highlight from the collection includes correspondence written by former Guggenheim Archivist Ward Jackson regarding artwork depicting Guggenheim family member Solomon R. Guggenheim. One such letter discusses late sculptor Prince Paul Troubetzkoy's standing bronze statuette of "Uncle Sol."

Folder List

BoxFolderTitleDate
000590 1General: Correspondence, Family Tree, Genealogical Tables, Guggenheim Brothers Office Photographs, Lists undated, 1969-1992
0005902Guggenheim, Charles: Press Release 1977
0005903Guggenheim, Daniel: Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation Information, Correspondence, Newspaper Clippings, Research undated, 1958, 1968
0005904Guggenheim, Edmond: Obituaries 1972
Guggenheim, Harry Frank
0005905Falaise: Research, Newspaper Clippings 1967-1978
0005906Foundation Reports 1929-1978, 1991
0005907-8Correspondence, Magazine Articles, Newspaper Clippings, Photographs, Press Releases, Research undated, 1954, 1959- 1976
0005909Guggenheim, Irene: Obituaries 1954
00059010Guggenheim, Meyer: Photographs undated
00059011Guggenheim, Olga: Obituaries 1970
00059012Guggenheim, Pegeen: Newspaper Clippings undated, 1960-1975
00059013Guggenheim, Peggy: Collection Newspaper Clippings, Magazine Articles, Press Releases undated, 1987, 1991
00059014-15Guggenheim, Solomon R.: Correspondence, Magazine Articles, Newspaper Clippings, Obituaries, Photographs, Press Releases (2 folders) undated, 1941-1987
00059016-17Lawson-Johnston, Peter O.: Biography, Correspondence, Magazine Article, Newspaper Clippings, Photograph, Press Releases (2 folders) undated, 1953, 1976-1991
00059018Patterson, Alicia: Magazine Article, Newspaper Clippings undated, 1954, 1963