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Arnold Rönnebeck and Louise Emerson Ronnebeck papers, 1884-2002

Arnold Rönnebeck and Louise Emerson Ronnebeck papers, 1884-2002

Rönnebeck, Arnold H., 1885-1947

Sculptor, Printmaker, Arts administrator

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 3,813 images.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 3.6 linear feet

Summary: The papers of sculptor Arnold Rönnebeck and painter Louise Emerson Ronnebeck 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 Ronnebeck.

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Provenance

Donated 2001 by Ursula Moore Works and Arnold Ronnebeck, the artists' daughter and son.

Related Materials

Funding

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

A Finding Aid to the Arnold Rönnebeck and Louise Emerson Ronnebeck Papers, 1884-2002, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Stephanie Ashley and Trina Yeckley
Scope and Content Note
The papers of sculptor Arnold Rönnebeck and painter Louise Emerson Ronnebeck measure 4.1 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.
Biographical materials include articles on the Rönnebecks by Betsy Fahlman, curriculum vitae, and documentation on the Emerson family. Correspondence is primarily between Arnold Rönnebeck to Louise, and also includes letters in German to Arnold's sister Irmgard Rönnebeck. Among the professional and personal correspondence from friends and family to both of the Rönnebecks are letters from Kenneth Hayes Miller to Louise Ronnebeck.
Writings include essay drafts, notes, and poetry by the Rönnebecks, including Arnold Rönnebeck's "Paint-As-You-Go Plan." There is a scrapbook of clippings covering Louise Ronnebeck's work. Additional printed material includes Christmas cards, clippings, and exhibition announcements and catalogs of both the Rönnebecks' work. Artwork consists of drawings and sketches by Arnold Rönnebeck.
Photographic materials include photographs of the Rönnebecks and their travels to Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, and Europe. The series also contains photos, copy prints, negatives, and 7 glass plate negatives of artist friends, and formal and informal documentation of their works of art and public and private art commissions.
Biographical Note
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.
Arnold Rönnebeck was born in Nassau, Germany and was a noted sculptor and lithographer. From 1905 to 1907, Rönnebeck studied architecture at the Royal Art School in Berlin and spent a year studying sculpture in Munich. In 1908, he moved to Paris where he furthered his studies in sculpture under Aristede Maillol and Emile Bourdelle. From 1914 to 1918, Rönnebeck served as an officer in the German Imperial Army during World War I. In 1923, he emigrated to the United States where he became part of the Stieglitz circle.
In 1925, Rönnebeck visited Mabel Dodge Luhan at her ranch in Taos, New Mexico, where he met his future wife, the painter Louise Emerson, born Mary Louise Harrington Emerson in 1901. After their marriage, the Rönnebecks lived in Denver where Arnold Rönnebeck worked as director of the Denver Art Museum and continued to execute commissioned works, including bas reliefs, portrait busts, and sculptures. He died in Denver, Colorado in 1947. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Louise Emerson Ronnebeck continued to receive commissions for frescoes and murals in Colorado and Bermuda and died in Denver, Colorado in 1980.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 7 series. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers, but listed where they fall intellectually within the collection.
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)
Provenance
Donated 2001 by Ursula Moore Works and Arnold Ronnebeck, the artists' daughter and son.
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Trina Yeckley in 2003, and a finding aid prepared by Stephanie Ashley in 2006. All materials were prepared for digitization by Judy Ng in 2014 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

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

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