EMA - Erich Mendelsohn Archive
Correspondence of Erich and Luise Mendelsohn 1910-1953



Erich Mendelsohn (1887-1953) is considered one of the seminal figures and key exponents of modern architecture. His extensive papers are held in the Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Art Library – National Museums in Berlin). Another part of his estate including the Letters written by Luiseis housed in the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

With their "Erich Mendelsohn Archive" (EMA) the Kunstbibliothek and the Getty Research Institute have created a single digital window on the extensive Mendelsohn papers held in Berlin und Los Angeles. The Archive centres on the decade-long correspondence between Erich Mendelsohn and his wife Luise.

The EMA presents 1,410 letters written by Erich and 1,328 letters from Luise in digitised form along with transcriptions and annotations. The project was made possible by funding from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation.

Erich and Luise Mendelsohn, around 1935
Erich and Luise Mendelsohn, around 1935.
Photo: Alfred Bernheim
© The Getty Research Institute,
Los Angeles