Walter and Louise Arensberg papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.arenwalt
Creators:
Arensberg, Walter, 1878-1954
Arensberg, Louise S. (Louise Stevenson), 1879-1953
Dates:
1912-1982
bulk 1917-1982
Languages:
Multiple languages
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Physical Description:
2 Microfilm reels
558 items on 2 microfilm reels
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The microfilmed Walter and Louise Arensberg papers contain correspondence (1917-1982) with Marcel Duchamp (1917-1968), Beatrice Wood (1952-1982), Charles Sheeler (1953-1955), and others. A few letters are illustrated or include photographs, poetry, and printed material. Some correspondence with Marcel Duchamp is in French. Also included in the papers are a list of art in the Arensberg collection (1951), compiled for a tax return; poetry and essays by the psychiatrist E. E. Southard; and notes and scripts for skits and pantomimes by Guillaume Apollinaire.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Walter (1878-1954) and Louise Arensberg (1879-1953) were art collectors in New York, New York and Los Angeles, California. Walter Arensberg was also a poet and art critic.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 3570-3571 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals returned to lender after microfilming, and subsequently donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Arensberg Archives.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming 1985 by the Francis Bacon Library and Foundation, Claremont, Calif. Most, or perhaps all, of the microfilmed material was subsequently physically transferred from the Francis Bacon Foundation to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1996 and formally given to the Museum in 2001 by the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, which had received it as part of a larger gift from the Francis Bacon Foundation in 1995.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Conditions Governing Use
Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce requires written permission from Archivist of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Terms of Use
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Related Materials
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives holds the Arensberg Archives, 1905-1957. The Huntington Library holds the Walter Arensberg letters, 1927-1954.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Collectors and collecting Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art patrons Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Apollinaire, Guillaume, 1880-1918 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wood, Beatrice Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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