Arnold Rönnebeck and Louise Emerson Rönnebeck papers, 1884-2002

A Finding Aid to the Arnold Rönnebeck and Louise Emerson Rönnebeck Papers, 1884-2002, in the Archives of American Art, by Stephanie Ashley and Trina Yeckley

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Biographical Information

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 Wyoming and Colorado.

Arnold Rönnebeck was born in Nassau, Germany, in 1885 and became a noted sculptor and lithographer. He attended the Royal Art School in Berlin and Munich and moved to Paris in 1908 where he studied under Aristede Maillol and Emile Bourdelle. In 1922 he emigrated to the United States where he became part of the Stieglitz circle. In 1925 he visited Taos, New Mexico, and met his future wife, Louise Emerson, born Mary Louise Harrington Emerson in 1901. After their marriage, the Rönnebecks lived in Denver where Arnold Rönnebeck worked as director of Denver Art Museum and made a living mostly from his portrait busts. He died in 1947. Louise Emerson Rönnebeck died in 1980.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of sculptor Arnold Rönnebeck and painter Louise Emerson Rönnebeck measure 3.6 linear feet and date from 1884-2002. The collection contains family and professional correspondence, sketches and drawings, writings, a scrapbook, printed material and numerous photographs of the Taos, New Mexico area and photographs of Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, Alfred Stieglitz, Mabel Dodge, and Tony Luhan. Correspondence includes letters from Kenneth Hayes Miller to Louise Emerson Rönnebeck.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as 8 series:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following index terms.

Subjects:

  • Luhan, Mabel Dodge, 1879-1962
  • Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946
  • Demuth, Charles, 1883-1935
  • Hartley, Marsden, 1877-1943

Subjects-Topical:

  • Portrait sculpture
  • Sculptors
  • Muralists
  • Artists -- New Mexico -- Taos

Types of Materials:

  • Photographs
  • Sketchbooks
  • Sketches
  • Drawings
  • Scrapbooks
  • Writings

Names:

  • Luhan, Tony
  • Miller, Kenneth Hayes, 1876-1952
  • Rönnebeck, Louise Emerson, 1901-1980

Provenance

The papers were donated in 2001 by Ursula Moore Works and Arnold Rönnebeck, the artists' daughter and son.

Separated and Related Materials

Correspondence between Arnold Rönnebeck and Alfred Stieglitz and Marsden Hartley is located at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was processed by Trina Yeckley in 2003, and a finding aid prepared by Stephanie Ashley in 2006.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Arnold Rönnebeck and Louise Emerson Rönnebeck 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.

How to Cite this Collection

Arnold Rönnebeck and Louise Emerson Rönnebeck papers, 1884-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1926, 1951-1968, 1996-2002
(Box 1; 4 folders)

Box
1 Arnold Rönnebeck, 1996, undated
1 Irmgard Rönnebeck, Contents of Wallet, 1951-1954, undated
1 Louis Emerson Rönnebeck, Birth and Marriage Certificates, Passport, 1926, 1968
1 Louis Emerson Rönnebeck, 2002, undated

Series 2: Correspondence, 1909-1977
(Boxes 1, 5; 18 folders)

This series includes correspondence between Arnold Rönnebeck and Louise Emerson Rönnebeck, family correspondence, and letters to Louise Emerson Rönnebeck from Kenneth Hayes Miller.

Box
1 Arnold Rönnebeck, 1909-1947, undated
1 Arnold Rönnebeck to Louise Emerson Rönnebeck, 1925-1936, undated
(3 folders; see also Box 5)
1 Irmgard Rönnebeck, 1921-1947, undated
(4 folders)
1 Louise Emerson Rönnebeck
1 1933-1974, undated
1 Condolences, Arnold Rönnebeck's Death, 1947, undated
1 Family, 1926-1950
1 Kenneth Hayes Miller, 1928-1946, undated
1 Murals, 1940-1951, undated
1 Mrs. [Tanti?] Profeiti, 1942-1946, undated
1 University of Denver, 1946, 1950
1 Yale, 1952-1971
1 Allen Tupper True, 1936-1955, 1976-1977, undated
Box
5 Arnold Rönnebeck to Louise Emerson Rönnebeck, undated

Series 3: Subject Files, 1932-1998
(Box 1, OV 6; 7 folders)

Box
1 American Art Week Radio Program, 1937
1 Bermuda and Sir John Cox, 1951-1998, undated
1 Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, undated
1 Emerson Cemetery Plot, PA, 1946, 1963-1972
(see also OV 6)
1 Edith Emerson and the Emerson Family, 1932-1979
1 Weyhe Gallery, 1924-1934, undated
Box
6 (OV) Emerson Cemetery Plot, PA, 1946, 1963-1972
(see also Box 1)

Series 4: Writings, 1941-1944
(Boxes 1, 5; 6 folders)

Writings include poetry by Arnold Rönnebeck and notes by Louise Emerson Rönnebeck.

Box
1 "Geisel's Grave" by Matthew Arnold, undated
1 Arnold Rönnebeck, 1941, 1943, undated
1 Arnold Rönnebeck, The Moon Stinks, 1942
1 Arnold Rönnebeck, Poetry, 1941, 1944, undated
1 Louise Emerson Rönnebeck, Notes, undated
Box
5 Arnold Rönnebeck, Paint-as-you-go Plan, undated

Series 5: Scrapbook, 1926-1966
(Box 1; 1 volume)

Box
1 Scrapbook, Louise Emerson Rönnebeck, 1926-1966

Series 6: Printed Matter, 1923-1999
(Boxes 1-2; 1.0 linear foot)

Printed matter includes copies of Christmas card designs by Louise Emerson Rönnebeck and articles containing illustrations by Arnold Rönnebeck, in addition to exhibition catalogs, clippings, postcards and printed material on subjects of interest to the Rönnebecks.

Box
1 American Artists Group, Christmas Cards by Arnold Rönnebeck, 1929, 1936, undated
1 Articles with L. Rönnebeck's 4-G (1937) as an illustration, 1996, 1999
1 Books Abroad "In Memoriam-Arnold Rönnebeck," 1948
1 Bokvännen, "Hemma Hos Apollinaire," 1947-1948
1 Cactus Club, 1931, 1939
1 Catalogs
1 "America Today," American Artists Congress, 1936
1 "Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture," Omaha Society of Fine Arts, 1925
1 "Fifty Prints of the Year," American Institute of Fine Arts, 1926-1927
1 "John Edward Thompson Memorial Exhibition," 1945
1 "Rönnebeck Wheelock," Los Angeles Museum Exposition Park, undated
1 Christmas Card Designs by L. Rönnebeck, undated
1 Clippings
1 Colorado Episcopalian, 1952-1954
1 Miscellaneous, 1936-1972, undated
1 Louise Emerson Rönnebeck, 1926-1966, undated
1 Arnold Rönnebeck, 1923-1979
Box
2 Charles Demuth, 1927, undated
2 Denver Art Museum, 1942, 1947, undated
2 "For Greater Service to the West," Denver National Bank Mural, 1928-1929
2 "Lithography as a Fine Art," A. S. Hartrick, 1932, 1937
2 Postcards
2 California, 1926, undated
2 Colorado, undated
2 Grand Canyon, 1926
2 Hudson River, Albany and Lake Placid, 1924, undated
2 New York, 1923-1924
2 New York, undated
2 San Francisco, undated
2 Washington, 1923-1924
2 Arnold Rönnebeck, Influences Including Rodin, Despiau and Matisse, undated
2 Arnold Rönnebeck, Miscellaneous, 1925-1988, undated
2 Louise Emerson Rönnebeck, Saint Mark the Evangelist, undated
2 Saint Martin's Chapel, The Reredos, 1927

Series 7: Photographs, 1884-1976
(Boxes 2-5; 2.0 linear feet)

This series contains photographs of family, friends and travels and of artwork by Arnold Rönnebeck and Louise Emerson Rönnebeck. Of particular note are photographs and snapshots taken by Arnold Rönnebeck documenting his visits to Taos, New Mexico in the 1920s and photographs of Charles Demuth, Mabel Dodge, Marsden Hartley, Tony Luhan, and Alfred Steiglitz photographing Georgia O'Keefe at Lake George in 1924. Photographs of works of art include Rönnebeck portrait busts of George Antheil, Ananda Coomaraswamy, Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, Charles Lindbergh, Georgia O'Keefee and Carl Sandburg.

Box
2 California with Negatives, undated
2 Chicago, 1930
2 Colorado with Negatives, 1929-1930, undated
(4 folders)
2 Charles Demuth, 1914
2 Europe with Negatives, 1929
2 Exhibition, "Paintings and Frescoes by Louise Rönnebeck," undated
2 Family, 1884, 1886, 1929, undated
2 Grand Canyon with Negatives, 1926
2 Marsden Hartley, 1912, undated
2 Marsden Hartley in Colorado with Negatives, undated
2 House, undated
2 Laguna with Negatives, 1928
2 Lake George, 1924
2 Lake George with Stieglitz and O'Keeffe with Negatives, 1924
2 Los Angeles with Negatives, 1926
2 Mexico and Postcards, 1925
2 Native Americans, Irmgard and Tony with Negatives, [1928]
2 Negatives
2 Irmgard Rönnebeck and Tony, [1928]
2 Lake Placid and Hudson, 1924, undated
2 Morey High School and Ursula Rönnebeck Dancing, undated
2 New York, 1924
2 Taos, Rockies, Tony Luhan, 1928
2 Unidentified City, undated
2 New Mexico, 1925-1928
2 New Mexico with Negatives, 1927
2 New York and Europe with Negatives, 1929
2 New York, 1924
(2 folders)
2 New York with Negatives, 1924
(2 folders)
Box
3 New York, Hudson, Lake Placid, 1924
3 Omaha, NE, 1926
3 Photo Album, Schloss Ofrafire Leventlow, undated
3 Pueblo Churches and Altars, undated
3 Armold Rönnebeck, 1907-1914, 1924, undated
3 Arnold Rönnebeck with "Grief" Model, undated
3 Arnold Rönnebeck with Marsden Hartley Bust, undated
3 Louise Rönnebeck, 1909, 1942, undated
3 San Diego and Mexico with Negatives, 1926
3 San Francisco with Negatives, undated
3 Santa Barbara with Negatives, 1926
3 Santa Fe with Negatives, 1927
3 Taos, undated
3 Taos, Luhan House with Negatives, 1925, 1928
(2 folders)
3 Taos with Negatives, 1925
3 Tintype, undated
(2.5 x 3.5, 1/6 plate)
3 Tintypes, undated
3 Views from 125 Hudson with Negatives, 1926
3 Washington with Negatives, undated
3 Works of Art, Arnold Rönnebeck
(see also Boxes 4-5)
3 Busts and Reliefs, 1912-1942, undated
3 Church of the Holy Redeemer, Denver, undated
3 Colorado and National Park Service Posters, 1941, undated
3 Denver Art Museum Exhibition, 1946, undated
3 Hodges Memorial, Fairmount Cemetery, 1929
3 Homage to Maurice Ravel, undated
3 La Fonda, Glass Plate Negatives, undated
(2 folders)
3 Longmont, CO Post Office: "The Ways of the Mail," 1936
3 Prints, undated
3 Omaha, NE, undated
3 Carl Sandburg, undated
3 Sculptures, 1912-1920, undated
(2 folders)
3 Sculptures, Blanch K. Ide Renenllow, undated
3 Self-Portrait (Yale), undated
3 "Waste," 1914, 1930, 1942, undated
3 Works Inspired by World II Two and Exhibited Together, undated
3 World War I, 1914-1917, undated
3 World War II Themes, undated
3 Works of Art, Louise Rönnebeck
(see also Box 5)
3 Albany Hotel Mural, Denver, 1948, undated
3 Bermuda Murals, 1966, undated
3 Church of the Holy Redeemer, Denver, undated
3 Cosmopolitan Hotel, Bamboo Room, Denver, undated
3 Entry for Justice Building Competition, undated
3 Frescoes, Glass Plate Negatives, undated
(one negative broken)
3 Grand Junction P. O., undated
3 Location Unknown, 1940, 1950, undated
3 Methodist Temperance Murals, undated
3 Miscellaneous Works of Art, undated
3 Morey Jr. High School, undated
3 "Mountain Picnic," undated
3 Nativity Scene, Denver City Hall, 1936, 1976, undated
3 New Deal Mural Competitions, undated
3 Speer Memorial Hospital, undated
3 USO Service Center, 1942
3 Weld County Hospital, Greeley, CO, 1952
3 Works Owned by the Estate, 1943, undated
3 Worland, Wyoming, P. O., undated
Box
4 Arnold Rönnebeck in his Studio, undated
4 Irmgard Rönnebeck, undated
4 Works of Art, Arnold Rönnebeck
(see also Box 3)
4 Bust of Georgia O'Keefe, 1926
4 Busts and Reliefs of Arnold, Jr. and Ursula, 1934, undated
4 Busts, Head, Masks, undated
4 Church of the Ascension, 1926, 1931
4 Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre (Photos by Laura Gilpin), 1936
4 Ananda Coomaraswami, undated
4 Denver City Hall, undated
4 Denver National Bank, undated
4 Design for Panels of Boulder Dam, undated
4 "Eagle" (Charles Lindberg), undated
4 Harrington Emerson, undated
4 "Grief," Omaha, NE, undated
4 La Fonda, Harvey House, Santa Fe, NM, undated
Box
5 Miscellaneous Works of Art, 1939, undated
(3 folders)
5 Photo Album with "Grief" and Other Omaha, NE Works, 1925, undated
5 Wrestlers, undated
5 Works of Art, Louise Emerson Rönnebeck
(see also Box 3)
5 Denver Children's Hospital Dining Room Mural, undated
5 Morey Jr. High School, 1961
5 Murals in Private Homes, undated
5 Speer Memorial Hospital, undated

Series 8: Drawings and Sketches, circa 1940s-1970s
(Boxes 3, 5; 2 folders)

Box
3 World War II Themed Sketches, undated
Box
5 Drawings, Arnold Rönnebeck, Nudes, undated
(7 drawings)