Collection on Egon Weiner

MSS 163
5 linear inches


Unknown, see acquisition information


English, German


There are no restrictions on the use of this collection

Access points:

Weiner, Egon.
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Faculty.

Finding aid prepared by:

Emily Hughes Dominick, 2006


Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

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Sherry Maurer received the materials from the President's Office at Augustana and donated the materials to Special Collections in 1989.



Egon Weiner was born in 1906 in Vienna, Austria. He trained as an artist at the School for Arts and Crafts (Kunstgewerbe Schule) and the Academy of Fine Arts (Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste) in Vienna. He received an M.F.A. from the Academy of Fine Arts in 1933. He arrived in the United States in 1938 after fleeing Nazi-occupied Austria and became a citizen in 1944. He became a professor of sculpture and life drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1945-1971, and was visiting professor of art at Augustana College, 1957-1971. Aside from his work as an art educator, Weiner was a prolific artist whose work was highly acclaimed and exhibited widely. His work belongs to the permanent collections at the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, Augsburg College, and Augustana College. Noted works by Weiner include "The Pillar of Fire," and "The Brotherhood Monument;" both are public sculptures located in Chicago. Egon Weiner died July 28, 1987 in Evanston, Illinois.



This collection of materials consists primarily of articles by or about Egon Weiner, along with press releases and promotional materials about exhibitions. It has been organized into five series: Personal, Correspondence, Writings, Publicity, and Photographs.

The Personal series includes biographical information; awards and citations; and obituaries and memorial information.

The Correspondence series consists of letters between Egon Weiner and Harold Kambak, Director of Public Relations at Augustana College. There is also one letter to Mr. Weiner from Edward Ryerson regarding Ryerson's award of "The Pillar of Fire" from the Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago. This award was made from a cast of Weiner's original design of "The Pillar of Fire" which became a sculpture in Chicago commemorating the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

The Writings series consists of both published and unpublished articles and essays written by Weiner.

The Publicity series includes articles written about Weiner in various publications, press releases from Augustana College; posters; as well as programs and pamphlets that include examples of Weiner's work.

The Photographs series contains one copy of a photograph of Egon Weiner with Frank Lloyd Wright looking at the bust of Wright created by Weiner.



The items in this collection are organized chronologically within each folder.



Box 1
            Biographical information, undated
            Awards, 1955-1966
            Obituaries and memorial information, 1987

            Letters, 1957-1965

            Published, 1960-1969 and undated
            Unpublished, 1958

            Press releases, 1958-1987
            Articles, 1947-1972
            Posters, 1954 and 1966
            Examples of artwork, 1950-1965 and undated
            Bulletins and programs, 1965, 1968 and undated

            Photo of Weiner with Frank Lloyd Wright, undated



None known.


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