The collection is arranged as 7 series. Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1926-2002 (9 folders; Box 1, OV 7) Series 2: Correspondence, 1909-1998 (0.6 linear feet; Box 1, 5) Series 3: Writings, 1920-1944 (6 folders; Box 1, 5) Series 4: Scrapbook, 1926-1966 (1 folder; Box 1) Series 5: Printed Material, 1923-1999 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1-2) Series 6: Artwork, 1915-1950 (2 folders; Box 2, 5) Series 7: Photographic Materials, 1884-1976 (2.6 linear feet; Box 2-6)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
The papers of sculptor Arnold Rönnebeck and painter Louise Emerson Ronnebeck measure 4.24 linear feet and date from 1884-2002. The collection contains biographical material, family and professional correspondence, sketches and drawings, writings, a scrapbook, and printed material. There are also numerous photographic prints, copy prints, negatives, and 7 glass plate negatives of the Rönnebecks and their artwork, travels, family, and friends, including Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, Alfred Stieglitz, and Tony Luhan.
Arnold Rönnebeck and Louise Emerson Ronnebeck papers, 1884-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2015 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website. Materials which have not been scanned include blank pages, blank versos of photographs, duplicates, and negatives. In some cases, exhibition catalogs and other publications have had their covers, title pages, and relevant pages scanned.
Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Glass plate negatives in this collection were digitized in 2019 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.
The Arnold Rönnebeck and Louise Emerson Ronnebeck papers 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.
Correspondence between Arnold Rönnebeck and Alfred Stieglitz and Marsden Hartley is located at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.
Sculptor Arnold Rönnebeck (1885-1947) was part of the "Stieglitz circle" and settled in Denver where he served as director of the Denver Art Museum from 1926-1931. Rönnebeck married Louise Emerson (1901-1980) in 1926. Emerson was a painter and muralist who worked on New Deal mural commissions in Colorado and Wyoming.
The collection is in English and German.
The papers were donated in 2001 by Ursula Moore Works and Arnold Rönnebeck, the artists' daughter and son.
This site provides access to the papers of Arnold H. Rönnebeck and Louise Emerson Ronnebeck in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2015, and total 3,819 images.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001