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Huff (William S.) Collection on the Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm, 1953-2012

The Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) material covers the range of the HfG’s fourteen academic years and later accomplishment of many of the school’s faculty and a number of its students. When the HfG abruptly closed in 1968, a number of persons had the presence of mind to box documents and artifacts and to deposit them in a storehouse of the Ulmer Museum, which is part of the Cultural mandate of the City of Ulm, one of three governmental funders of the HfG. Eventually, the City of Ulm established the HfG-Archiv as part of the City Archive. This, of course, is the prime depository of the archaeology of the HfG and is expected to remain so. Because of the nature of the base of the HfG-Archiv’s collection, there is the possibility that the Huff papers include items that the HfG-Archiv does not have. For one, the HfG-Archiv does not have original pedagogic notes and aquarelle charts on the theory of color that were written expressly for Huff by Bauhäusler and HfGer teacher, Helene Nonné-Schmidt.