Ludwig Bachhofer was born in Munich, Germany on June 30, 1894, the son of Adolf and Paula (Hartmann). He was a student at Gymnasium Realgymnasium, Munich from 1905 to 1914. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Munich in 1921.
From 1921 to 1923, Bachhofer was an assistant in the Ethnographisches Museum, Munich. From 1926 to 1934, he was privatdozent, History of Asian Art, at the University of Munich.
He came to the United States in 1935 and was appointed professor of history of Asian art at the University of Chicago, where he remained until 1965.
Bachhofer married Hilda Nelson on November 24, 1926. He passed away in 1976, survived by his wife and daughter Else.
The Ludwig Bachhofer Papers consist of correspondence in German and English with Henry Bergsen and others about Asian art; research notes, manuscripts, and articles; and photographs of art works and of the University of Munich after the 1944 bombing. The major portion of the collection is comprised of photographs, picture postcards, color plates and reproductions (ca. 2440) assembled by Bachhofer during the course of his career.
The University Libraries also has Bachhofer's library (including many annotated books) relating to Chinese, Japanese, and Indian art history.
The collection has no series.
|1978||The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections received the bulk of this collection from Mrs. Ludwig (Hilda) Bachhofer.|
|2005||Granddaughter Helga Sinaiko donated additional correspondence.|
|2011||Greatgrangdaughter Eve Sinaiko donated addition correspondence, sketches and books.|
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|1||1||Correspondence with Henry Bergsen||1931-1936|
|1||2||Notes, found in Henry Bergsen correspondence||Undated|
|1||5||"Chinese Art Treasures"||Undated|
|1||6||"Einf0hrung in die Kunst Ostasiens," Notes||1922|
|1||7||"Evolution of Perceptual Imagination"||Undated|
|1||8||"Evolution of Presentations in Painting and Sculpture"||Undated|
|1||9||"Hsio-Yen Suim. On Ming Dynasty Book Illustration"||Undated|
|1||10||"Notizen zur Zentralasien"||Undated|
|1||11||"Osvald Siren: Histoire de la Peinture Chinoise"||Undated|
|1||12||"Representation of man, Greek, geometric"||Undated|
|1||13||"The Representation of Space in Chinese Painting During the First Thousand Years of the Christian Era"||Undated|
|1||14||"Some principal remarks on Tang and Sung Ceramics"||Undated|
|1||15||"Victor Lowenfeld: The Nature of Creative Activity. New York 1939"||Undated|
|1||16||"Vom. kutinstlerischen in der Kunst. Ein Zwiegesprach zwischen Musiker und Maler"||Undated|
|1||17||"Works of art express the ideas and ideals ..."||Undated|
|1||18||"Zum. Stimmungsgehalt durch den Landskapen"||Undated|
|1||19||"ZurTheorie der Bildenden Kunst"||Undated|
|1||20||Chinese and Greek art||Undated|
|1||21||Chinese painting and poetry||1953|
|1||22||Critiques: 2 Manuscripts||Undated|
|1||27||Notes, untitled manuscripts||Undated|
|1||28||Miscellaneous note slips pertaining to: "Altgermanische Ornament," "Irant" "Volkerwanderung," "Sarmaten," etc.||Undated|
|1||29||Notes by Bachhofer on various articles, books, etc. read||Undated|
|1||30||Miscellaneous working notes||Undated|
|1||31||Offprints by Bachhofer||Undated|
|1||32||Contracts, 2 miscellaneous documents, Notes||Undated|
|1||33||Soper, Alexander, offprints||Undated|
|1||34||The Del Drago Collection of Chinese Painting. Inventory. Also notes on selections by Bachhofer||Undated|
|1||35||Clippings on various topics||Undated|
|1||38||Abhayagiri Dagaba Auuradhapura, Ceylon, South shrine. Photograhs of carvings||Undated|
|1||39||Amaravati (India). Sculpture, carvings. Photographs and picture postcards (1 of 4)||Undated|
|1||40||Amaravati (India). Sculpture, carvings. Photographs and picture postcards (2 of 4)||Undated|
|1||41||Amaravati (India). Sculpture, carvings. Photographs and picture postcards (3 of 4)||Undated|
|1||42||Amaravati (India). Sculpture, carvings. Photographs and picture postcards (4 of 4)||Undated|
|1||43||Barhut Photographs (1 of 3)||Undated|
|1||44||Barhut Photographs (2 of 3)||Undated|
|1||45||Barhut Photographs (3 of 3)||Undated|
|1||46||Budh Gaya Photographs (1 of 4)||Undated|
|1||47||Budh Gaya Photographs (2 of 4)||Undated|
|1||48||Budh Gaya Photographs (3 of 4)||Undated|
|1||49||Budh Gaya Photographs (4 of 4)||Undated|
|2||1||Chinese Art Treasures. Photo reproductions of objects in exhibit reviewed by Bachhofer for Pantheon. Munich||1962|
|2||2||Chinese bronzes, photos, reproductions, postcards, etc. (1 of 6)||Undated|
|2||3||Chinese bronzes, photos, reproductions, postcards, etc. (2 of 6)||Undated|
|2||4||Chinese bronzes, photos, reproductions, postcards, etc. (3 of 6)||Undated|
|2||5||Chinese bronzes, photos, reproductions, postcards, etc. (4 of 6)||Undated|
|2||6||Chinese bronzes, photos, reproductions, postcards, etc. (5 of 6)||Undated|
|2||7||Chinese bronzes, photos, reproductions, postcards, etc. (6 of 6)||Undated|
|2||9||Chinese painting, photographs, reproductions, picture postcards (1 of 3)||Undated|
|2||10||Chinese painting, photographs, reproductions, picture postcards (2 of 3)||Undated|
|2||11||Chinese painting, photographs, reproductions, picture postcards (3 of 3)||Undated|
|2||12||"Chinesische und Japanische Malerei vom 10. bis 18. Jh," Munich, Ludwig Bachhofer advisor||1930 March|
|2||14||Del Drago Collection. Photographs from the collection, arranged by catalog sequence, some duplicates (1 of 3)||Undated|
|2||15||Del Drago Collection. Photographs from the collection, arranged by catalog sequence, some duplicates (2 of 3)||Undated|
|2||16||Del Drago Collection. Photographs from the collection, arranged by catalog sequence, some duplicates (3 of 3)||Undated|
|2||17||Florence museum (Italy)||Undated|
|2||18||Gandhara, photographs (1 of 4)||Undated|
|2||19||Gandhara, photographs (2 of 4)||Undated|
|2||20||Gandhara, photographs (3 of 4)||Undated|
|2||21||Gandhara, photographs (4 of 4)||Undated|
|2||23||India, photographs of statues||Undated|
|2||26||Mathura, Photographs (1 of 4)||Undated|
|2||27||Mathura, Photographs (2 of 4)||Undated|
|2||28||Mathura, Photographs (3 of 4)||Undated|
|2||29||Mathura, Photographs (4 of 4)||Undated|
|2||30||Mavrya und verschiedenes||Undated|
|2||31||Munich architecture (churches, castles)||Undated|
|2||32||Neolithic sites in Northern China||Undated|
|2||33||Oster Insel (Easter Island)||Undated|
|2||34||19. Persian art. 9 postcards.||Undated|
|2||36||Sanchi, photographs (1 of 2)||Undated|
|2||37||Sanchi, photographs (2 of 2)||Undated|
|2||38||Statuary: Porcelain, pottery, bronze, iron||Undated|
|2||39||University of Munich after bombing of July 13, 1944||1944|