This collecetion contains the existing documents created and curated by Hin Bredendieck. Most of the material relates to his design work and theory, as well as his experiences in the Bauhaus.
While the majority of the materials for this collection are in English (eng), a substantial amount of material is in German (ger). There is also a much smaller number of materials in French (fre).
These materials have unrestricted access.
Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
20 Linear Feet (This collection spans 21.4 (twenty-one point four) linear feet, with nineteen banker boxes, three document cases, and three card-sized boxes. )
There is a fairly wide range of materials within this collection, both of visual and written materials. They typically address his time in the Bauhaus, his teaching and professional work, theoretical topics of design and engineering, his book drafts and creation, and lastly his own personal correspondence. There is also a large number of written media (ads, newspapers and magazines) that Bredendieck collected for design reference or teaching purposes.
Hin Bredendieck was born in Aurich, Germany in 1904. He originally trained as a carpender and, after attending and leaving a number of design schools, graduated from the Bauhaus in 1930. Bredendieck emigrated to the United States in 1937, where he began to teach at the Institute of Design in Illinois. Eventually he moved to Georgia and founded the Georgia Tech School of Design.
After Bredendieck's death, his papers were kept by his family for several years. Even after they were given to Landesmuseum Oldenburg, the family had their hands in the collection until the materials were moved to Georgia Tech. As a result of this and possibly Bredendieck's own organization, there is no discerable arragement of the materials. During processing, the archivists followed mplp (more product less processing) procedures due to time constraints, and as a result there is no current order to the materials.
Materials for this collection were donated by the family of Hin Bredendieck and the Landesmuseum Oldenburg. Accession number 2015.04.
Materials for this collection were processed by Jocelyn Jagrowski in January-April of 2021. The materials for this collection were recieved and processed in relation to an exhibit held at the library about Bredendieck.