A Finding Aid to the Robert M. Cronbach Papers, 1914-2004, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.cronrobe
Creators:
Cronbach, Robt.(Robert M.), 1908-
Dates:
1914-2004
Languages:
English
Collection is in English
Physical Description:
3.9 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of sculptor and educator Robert M. Cronbach date from 1914-2004 and measure 3.9 linear feet. The papers include biographical material, correspondence, writings, project and commission files, exhibition files, printed material, and photographic material relating to the life and career of Cronbach. The bulk of material is comprised of project and commission files pertaining to sculptures, fountains, and other proposals for public and private spaces.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of sculptor and educator Robert M. Cronbach date from 1914-2004 and measure 3.9 linear feet. The papers include biographical material, correspondence, writings, project and commission files, exhibition files, printed material, and photographic material relating to the life and career of Cronbach. The bulk of material is comprised of project and commission files pertaining to sculptures, fountains, and other proposals for public and private spaces.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as seven series
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1925-1996 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, 1934-2004 (0.7 linear feet; Box 1)
  • Series 3: Writings, 1929-1970 (4 folders; Box 1)
  • Series 4: Project and Commission Files, 1932-1990 (1.6 linear feet; Box 1-2, 4, OV 5-10)
  • Series 5: Exhibition Files, circa 1960-2000 (0.2 linear feet; Box 2)
  • Series 6: Printed Material, 1914-2001 (1.1 linear feet; Box 2-3)
  • Series 7: Photographic Material, circa 1930-1995 (2 folders; Box 3)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Robert M. Cronbach (1908-2001) was a sculptor and teacher in New York, New York. Born in St. Louis, Cronbach studied sculpture at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts before heading east to continue his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His sculpture and fountain commissions for many public and private spaces include Temples, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the United Nations. He also created work as part of the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project program. Cronbach taught at Adelphi College in Garden City, New York from 1947-1961 and was an instructor at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, where he also served as chairman of the school's board of governors from 1975-1982.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Portions of this collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels D260-D261 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Processing Information
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Hilary Price in 2017.
Author
Hilary Price
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the Archives of American Art by Robert M. Cronbach in 1992 and in 2016 by Cronbach's daughter, Paula Maria Espinosa. Portions of the collection were lent for microfilming in 1966 by Cronbach and subsequently donated.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Robert M. Cronbach papers, 1914-2004 are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Preferred Citation
Robert M. Cronbach papers, 1914-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
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Repository Contact
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