Strasenburgh Wall scrapbook

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Collection Overview
Historical Information for Strasenburgh Wall mural and Frans Wildenhain
Scope and Content
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Strasenburgh Wall scrapbook
Inclusive Date(s)
circa 1959
Scrapbook of clippings and photographs relating to the Strasenburgh Wall, a mural created for and installed in the lobby of R.J. Strasenburgh Laboratories by artist Franz Wildenhain in 1959.
1.0 Item(s)
C.S. South, Shelf 551
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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In 1958, artist Frans Wildenhain was commissioned by drug company R.J. Strasenburgh to create a mural for the lobby of its laboratory in Henrietta, New York. The ceramic mosaic mural, depicting a pharmaceutical theme from its alchemistic beginnings to modern chemistry, was relief set into a 104 foot long curved wall, and installed the following year. Wildenhain created the mural at his studio in Bushnell's Basin.

German born potter Frans Wildenhain joined the faculty at the Rochester Insitute of Technology's School for American Craftsmen in 1950 where, along with Hobart Cowles, he helped create the legendary ceramics program. Wildenhain was trained at the Bauhaus in Germany with such giants as Josef Albers, Paul Klee, and Lazlo Moholy-Nagy. In addition to more traditional forms of pottery, Wildenhain created large ceramic murals for display in public spaces, such as the wall in the lobby of RIT’s Ingle Auditorium. Wildenhain retired as Professor Emeritus in 1970. He died in 1980 in Rochester.

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The Strasenburgh Wall scrapbook consists of biographical information on artist Frans Wildenhain, an essay by Wildenhain describing the symbolism of the mural, news clippings, and photographs. Photos (black and white as well as color) document the mural construction process and installation, the completed mural, and images of Wildenhain.

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Collection materials are contained in a ringed scrapbook.

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Personal Name(s)

  • Wildenhain, Frans, 1905-

Corporate Name(s)

  • R. J. Strasenburgh Co..
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Faculty.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Rochester (N.Y.) -- Pictorial works


  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks

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Preferred Citation

Strasenburgh Wall scrapbook, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Source of Acquisition

The Strasenburgh Wall scrapbook was donated to RIT Archives by Robert J. Strasenburgh II in November 1991.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in July 2011.

Revision Description

 Scrapbook was re-housed in archival sleeves and box.  1 December 2011

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