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Ralph Rosenthal papers, 1938-1996

Rosenthal, Ralph, 1912-2003

Art teacher, Ceramicist, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 1 Item, partial microfilm reel

Summary: One letter from David Aronson, 1996 and one letter of recommendation, 1996; a poem by Rosenthal, "Disillusion," written in 1936 and printed ca. 1938, in reaction to his dismissal as an art teacher at Medford Senior High, apparently because he was Jewish; a clipping from the Boston Globe ,1941, on his art classes; and five photographs of Rosenthal and family and of art classes taught by Rosenthal and others, including Alma Lebrecht, Reed Kay, Bernard Chaet, and Jack Kramer. The materials relate primarily to his teaching career at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Boston school system.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sculptor, ceramist, art educator; Boston, Mass. Rosenthal attended the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston school while in high school, and later taught there. He received a Master's degree in Education from Boston University in 1936, and taught in the Boston school system from 1936-1976, rising from key teacher of high school students to supervisor of art for the entire system in 1966. Many of his students went on to become notable artists.


Lent for microfilming 1998 by Ralph Rosenthal.

Language Note

Undetermined .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to lender, Ralph Rosenthal, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 5321 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Patrons must use microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Ralph Rosenthal papers, 1938-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.