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Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998

Arnheim, Rudolf, 1904-2007

Author, Educator, Art historian

Collection Information

Size: 9.6 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of art historian, educator, writer and psychologist Rudolf Arnheim measure 9.6 linear feet and date from 1919 to 1998. The papers document his career in New York, Michigan, and abroad through biographical material, correspondence, writings, lectures, diaries, printed material, and sound recordings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Rudolf Arnheim (1904-2007) was a writer, educator, art historian and psychologist who was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States where he primarily worked in New York and Massachusetts.


The Rudolf Arnheim papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in several installments between 1974 to 1998 by Rudolf Arnheim. Arnheim also loaned material for microfilming in 1986.

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Language Note

The collection is mostly in English and German. Some materials are in Italian and French.