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Laurence E. Schmeckebier papers, 1909-1985

Laurence E. Schmeckebier papers, 1909-1985

Schmeckebier, Laurence Eli, 1906-1984

Art historian, Sculptor, Educator, Author, Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 19.0 linear ft.

Summary: Biographical materials, correspondence, files, notes, writings, art works, scrapbooks, photographs, and printed materials relating chiefly to Schmeckebier's academic career and to his publications.

Professional and personal correspondence with artists, publishers, art historians, museum curators and students including Adolf Dehn, Philip Evergood, Walter Gropius, George Grosz, Rico Lebrun, Ivan Mestrovic, A. Henry Nordhausen, Jose Clemente Orozco, Anton Refregier, John Rood, Hudson Roysher, and Viktor Schreckengost. Extensive research files relating to published and unpublished writings on A. Henry Nordhausen, Ivan Mestrovic, Mexican art, urban art in Minnesota, German medieval art and other topics contain preparatory notes, drafts, correspondence and photographs of art. Additional files relate to Schmeckebier's academic career, and to the Syracuse University mural project. Also included are appraisals, royalty statements, undergraduate writings, a published Ph.D. dissertation, encyclopedia articles, book reviews, lecture notes, speeches, notes on wood sculpture, transcript of a Latin-American Studies Conference (1943), notes for a book on Boris Margo, and travel notebooks. Three scrapbooks, compiled by Mrs. Schmeckebier and Karen L. Bakke, contain correspondence, sketches, clippings and photographs dating back to Schmeckebier's childhood. There are also loose scrapbook pages from the 1930s; personal photographs; photographs of work; art work by students; and printed materials, including exhibition notices.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art historian, educator, administrator and sculptor. Director and Professor of Art History, The Cleveland Institute of Art, 1946-1954; Professor of Fine Arts, Dean of the School of Art, Syracuse University, 1954-1971. His publications include: HANDBOOK OF ITALIAN RENAISSANCE PAINTING; MODERN MEXICAN ART; JOHN STEUART CURRY'S PAGEANT OF AMERICA; ART IN RED WING; IVAN MESTROVIC, SCULPTOR AND PATRIOT;and THE ART OF A. HENRY NORDHAUSEN. His wood sculpture was entered in numerous exhibitions. Died 1984.


Laurence Schmeckebier donated part of the collection. The bulk was received from his children, Peter Schmeckebier, Nina S. Gardner, Xenia S. Sterling, and Marina S. Steinhouse, after his death.

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

Laurence E. Schmeckebier papers, 1909-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.