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Edith Krull collection

Call Number: MS 345


As a journalist, Dr. Edith Krull (1921-1987) traveled throughout East Germany viewing art exhibitions. The bulk of this collection consists of alphabetically organized art exhibition catalogs from her work as an art critic. The collection also includes sizable groups of facsimile art postcards, as well as programs of opera, concert, and ballet performances, posters, bibliographic index cards, and other items.


  • Creation: 1952 - 1990


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Edith Krull

Edith Krull (1921-1987) worked as a freelance art critic and reviewer of theater, film, and dance for newspapers and journals in East Berlin from 1949 to 1987. In addition to her journalistic writing, she wrote several books, the best known being Kunst von Frauen (Leipzig, 1984), which was translated into English in 1986 as Women in Art. In the course of her life, she amassed an extensive library covering history, literature, art, theater, and other topics. Dr. Krull's son, Dr. Jan Harff, a marine biologist who was a visiting research scientist with the Kansas Geological Survey in 1989, decided to donate her collection after visiting the University of Kansas.


6.5 Linear Feet (10 boxes + 2 oversize boxes, 6 oversize folders)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of art exhibit catalogs, organized alphabetically by the name of the artist or the gallery/museum at which the exhibition took place. When dates of an exhibit were provided on the catalog, these have been included. Ballet, concert, dance, and theatre programs are organized chronologically, and opera programs are grouped by the company performing the opera. Bibliographic index cards of historical European artistic figures also make up an extensive portion of the collection. Oversize materials have been physically separated and mostly consist of posters and materials from the art exhibit series. These materials are located at MS Q77, MS QA24, MS R20, and MS S8 and have been described at the end of each relevant series. Box 1 Folder 1 at the main call number, MS 345, contains a guide to the collection, as well as the printout of a PowerPoint presentation by Susan V. Craig, formerly Art and Architecture Librarian at the University of Kansas' Art & Architecture Library, entitled "German Mid-Century Art, Documentation from the Edith Krull Collection."

Physical Location

MS 345

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MS Q77

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MS Qa24

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MS R20

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Dr. and Mrs. Jan Harff, 1991.

Separated Materials

More than 2100 printed books from Edith Krull's library were also donated to the University of Kansas Libraries and have been cataloged. A search of the KU online catalog for her name will retrieve works by her and also 11 books added to the Special Collections collections located at Kenneth Spencer Research Library with gift notes in their catalog records. The bulk of her books are now in the Murphy Art and Architecture Library or other KU Libraries and can be identified either by the gift plates in the volumes or by consulting The Library of Dr. Edith Krull: Presented to the University of Kansas Libraries by Dr. and Mrs. Jan Harff: September 6, 1991. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Libraries, 1992. Located at Kenneth Spencer Research Library at call number D7699 and in the KU Libraries collections at call mumber Z5931 .U55 1992.


Guide to the Edith Krull Collection
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Support for the processing of this collection was provided by the G. Baley Price Spencer Research Library Fellowship Fund.
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Preferred citation
Edith Krull collection, MS 345, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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