Manfred Heiting
MS58 Papers 1965-2008

A guide to the Manfreid Heiting Papers
in the Archives of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Inventory prepared by Kathryn T Jones


Archives, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


P.O. Box 6826; Houston, TX 77265-6826



Summary Information




Manfred Heiting

Inclusive Dates:



45 linear feet


The papers document the research of Manfred Heiting, renowned photography collector, over a period of thirty years. The Heiting collection includes photographs from every major photographer as well as a record of the development of the art of photography. The papers include information on Heiting´s professional life as well as correspondence with artists and galleries.

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Materials are in English, French, Spanish, Czech, Danish, Dutch, German, Italian, Japan, Korean, Persian, Russian, Slovak


Archives, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
P.O. Box 6826; Houston, TX 77265-6826

Access and Use

Acquisition Information:
Materials were received from Manfred Heiting in two shipments, in 2006 and in 2009.

Access Restrictions:
Restrictions vary according to the nature of the materials. Consult the Archives for particulars.

Related Materials:
See also RG05 Registration for exhibitions; and RG04:04 Curatorial Photography. Books, periodicals and auction catalogues have been added to the Hirsch catalog with the designation that they are part of the Heiting archive.

Separated Materials:
Oversize materials have been removed to the flat files. See container lists (MS58:04) for location.

Use Restrictions:
Restrictions vary according to the nature of the materials. Original photographic materials are subject to photographer´s copyright. Consult the Archives for particulars.

Preferred Citation:
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Archives. MS58:04, Manfreid Heiting Papers, Oversize Files.

Biographical or Historical Note

In 2002, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston acquired nearly 4,000 photographs from German collector Manfred Heiting. In 2006, his papers were added to the museum archives, making available a record of the work of one of the world´s renowned collectors of photography.

Heiting, named one of America´s top 100 art collectors by Art & Antiques magazine in 2003, amassed over thirty years a comprehensive collection including the works of nearly every major photographer as well as a record of the development of the art of photography. Heiting worked for Polaroid (1965-1983) and American Express International Inc. (1984-1994), which afforded him access to the major photographers of the day. In 1983, he cofounded Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, which he ran until 1993. He was also cofounder of the Fotografie Museum Amsterdam/FOAM and served on the board of many nonprofits including the George Eastman House. He produced numerous exhibitions for Fotokina and authored, edited, published and was the subject of a variety of books and catalogues including At the Still Point: Photographs from the Manfred Heiting Collection.


See series records for arrangement.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The papers include research on artists and photographs, correspondence with artists and dealers, gallery ephemera, artist biographical information, clippings, information on Heiting´s involvement with nonprofits and museums, corporate information (Polaroid, American Express International Inc.) and photos, transparencies and slides of work.

Subject Terms

At the still point; photographs from the Manfred Heiting Collection / essays by Eugenia Parry Janis... et al.

Personal Names
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984
Cartier-Bresson, Henri, 1908-2004
Drtikol, Frantisek, 1883-1961
Evans, Walker, 1903-1975
Fárová, Anna
Hartkamp, Bert
Lunn, Harry
Man Ray, 1890-1976
Outerbridge, Paul
Parry, Eugenia
Sudek, Josef, 1896-1976
Weston, Edward, 1886-1958

Corporate Names
Aperture Foundation
August Sander Archiv
Fahey/Klein Gallery
Foam Fotografiemuseum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Fotografie Forum Frankfurt
Fotografie Forum International
George Eastman House
Imogen Cunningham Trust
International Center of Photography
International Photo- and Cine Exhibition
J. Paul Getty Museum
Rencontres internationales de la photographie d´Arles (Association)
SK Stiftung Kultur
Stadtsparkasse Koln, Kulturstiftung

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