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Rudolf Arnheim papers

Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Names:
Harvard University  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Sarah Lawrence College  Search this
University of Michigan  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001  Search this
Sheldon, Alice Bradley, 1915-1987  Search this
Extent:
9.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Interviews
Diaries
Date:
1919-1998
Summary:
The papers of art historian, educator, writer and psychologist Rudolf Arnheim measure 9.6 linear feet and date from 1919 to 1998. The papers document his career in New York, Michigan, and abroad through biographical material, correspondence, writings, lectures, diaries, printed material, and sound recordings.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of art historian, educator, writer and psychologist Rudolf Arnheim measure 9.6 linear feet and date from 1919 to 1998. The papers documents his career in New York, Michigan, and abroad through biographical material, correspondence, writings, lectures, diaries, printed material, and sound recordings.

Biographical material includes a bibliography, biographical sketches, contracts and agreements, sound cassettes of interviews, and other miscellaneous material.

Correspondence is with colleagues, editors, publishers, and universities on various subjects. The bulk of the correspondence is arranged by subject such as architects, art historians, dance, and film. There is correspondence with Harvard University, University of Michigan, Museum of Modern Art, and New School of Social Research, as well as various individuals such as Josef Albers, Gyorgy Kepes, and Alice Sheldon.

Writings and lectures include book reviews, articles, lecture drafts and notes, sound recordings of lectures, manuscripts, and copies of published articles.

Arnheim's diaries date from 1919 to 1987 and discuss his early life as a student in Germany and career as an educator and lecturer. Some diaries include draft writings.

Printed material includes lecture announcements, reviews, clippings, programs, brochures, assorted material from Sarah Lawrence College, and two instructional sound cassettes.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 5 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1939-1991 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1940-1998 (Boxes 1-5; 4.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings and Lectures, 1930-1989 (Boxes 5-8; 2.7 linear feet)

Series 4: Diaries, 1919-1987 (Boxes 8-9; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1928-circa 1990 (Boxes 9-11; 1.2 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Rudolf Arnheim (1904-2007) was a writer, educator, art historian and psychologist who was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States where he primarily worked in New York and Massachusetts.

Rudolf Arnheim was born in Berlin, Germany on July 15, 1904. He received his doctorate in psychology from the University of Berlin in 1928. Arnheim worked as a film critic and editor for several magazines and journals after graduation. During this time, he gathered information which would be compiled in his book Film as Art (1932). When the Nazis came into power in 1933, Arnheim moved to Rome where he worked at the Institute for the Educational Film for six years, then moved to London in 1939 and worked as a translator for the British Broadcasting Company.

Arnheim immigrated to the United States in 1940. In 1943, he became a psychology professor at Sarah Lawrence College where he continued to teach until 1968. He also taught at the New School for Social Research during this time. From 1959 to 1960, he was a Fulbright lecturer at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo, Japan. After Sarah Lawrence College, Arnheim became a Professor of Psychology of Art at Harvard University, where he stayed until 1974 when he moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife Mary. He was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan from 1974 to roughly 1984.

Among his many publications are Art and Visual Perception, Toward a Psychology of Art, Visual Thinking, Entropy and Art, Picasso's Guernica, and The Power of Center. Arnheim died in Ann Arbor in 2007.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Rudolf Arnheim conducted by Robert F. Brown, May 16, 1972. Additional papers on Rudolf Arnheim related to psychology are available at the Archives of the History of Psychology in Akron, Ohio.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reel 3767) including correspondence with German publishers and editors, 1959-1982; Dumont Buchverlag, 1963-1980; Carl Hanser Varlag, 1974-1981; Helmut Diederich, 1974-1981; Franz Rudolf Knubel, 1971-1981; Werner Korbs, 1976-1982; Jurgen Weber, 1972-1981; and others. The originals were returned to Rudolf Arnheim after microfilming and subsequently donated to the Schiller-Nationalmuseum Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Germany. This material is not described in the collection container inventory or the finding aid.
Provenance:
The Rudolf Arnheim papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in several installments between 1974 to 1998 by Rudolf Arnheim. Arnheim also loaned material for microfilming in 1986.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- United States  Search this
Art--Study and teaching--Germany  Search this
Art historians -- Massachusetts  Search this
Art historians -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Authors -- Massachusetts  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Educators -- Massachusetts  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Diaries
Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.arnhrudo
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Archives of American Art
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Rudolf Arnheim on WVOM discussing Radio

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound cassette
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Date:
1987
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 1: Biographical Material / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 87
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1994-1997
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 2: Correspondence
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Archives of American Art
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J-K, Miscellaneous

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 88
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1990-1996
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 2: Correspondence
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Archives of American Art
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Language and Culture Discussion Group

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 89
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1987-1997
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 2: Correspondence
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Archives of American Art
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Law Professors

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 90
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1996-1997
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 2: Correspondence
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Archives of American Art
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Lectures and Conferences

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 91-93
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1962-1972
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 2: Correspondence
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Archives of American Art
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Lectures and Conferences

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 94-95
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972-1973
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 2: Correspondence
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Archives of American Art
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Lectures and Conferences

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 1-5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1973-1976
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Lectures and Conferences

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 6-10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1976-1979
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 2: Correspondence
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Archives of American Art
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Lectures and Conferences

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 11-15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1979-1981
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 2: Correspondence
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Archives of American Art
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Lectures and Conferences

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 16-20
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981-1983
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 2: Correspondence
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Archives of American Art
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Interview Transcripts

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972
1982
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 1: Biographical Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Lectures and Conferences

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 21-25
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1983-1985
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 2: Correspondence
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Archives of American Art
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Lectures and Conferences

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 26-30
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1985-1986
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 2: Correspondence
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Archives of American Art
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Lectures and Conferences

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 31-34
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1986
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-arnhrudo-ref112

Lectures and Conferences

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 35-39
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1987-1990
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-arnhrudo-ref113

Lectureships - Visiting

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 40
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965-circa 1973
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Lectureships - Visiting

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 41-43
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974-1979
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Leonardo

Collection Creator:
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 44-47
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1972-1984
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and electronic records with no duplicate access copies requires advance notice.
Collection Citation:
Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudolf Arnheim papers
Rudolf Arnheim papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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