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Arnold Geissbuhler papers, 1915-1977

Arnold Geissbuhler papers, 1915-1977

Geissbuhler, Arnold, 1897-1993

Art teacher, Sculptor

Collection Information

Size: 0.3 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 6 reels)

Summary: Biographical material, correspondence (1920-1977), diaries, notes and writings, art works, subject files (1939-1968), printed material (1919-1971), and photographs (1919-1929) document Geissbuhler's artistic activities in Paris and New England.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sculptor; Dennis, Mass. Born in Delemont, Switzerland. In 1914, Geissbuhler traveled to Zurich to become a sculptor's apprentice in the studio of Otto Munch. He attended the Kunst Gewerbe School and worked as Munch's assistant until 1919. In that year, Geissbuhler went to Paris to study with Antoine Bourdelle at the Academie Julian. He maintained a studio in Paris until 1927, when he travelled to the United States and married Elisabeth Chase, a Boston sculptor whom he met in Bourdelle's class. They moved to New England in 1933, and in 1937 he became an art instructor at Wellesley College.


Material on reels 1267-1268, 1271, 1331 and 1813 lent for microfilming 1977-1978; unmicrofilmed material donated 1984 all by Arnold Geissbuhler.

Location of Originals

  • Reels 1267-1268, 1271, 1331, and 1813: Originals returned to the lender, Arnold Geissbuhler, after microfilming.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels 1267-1268, 1271, 1331, and 1813 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Arnold Geissbuhler papers, 1915-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.