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Rudolf Arnheim papers, 1919-1998

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 5 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material, 1939-1991
0.3 linear feet
Box 1

Biographical material includes a bibliography and supplement to Rudolf Arnheim's writings, short biographical sketches, assorted contracts and agreements; 5 sound cassettes of interviews, all of Arnheim being interviewed except for one where he interviews artist Adja Yunkers; interview transcripts, a few travel itineraries and documents mostly related to Arnheim's trip to Japan in 1976, and other miscellaneous material.
DescriptionContainer
Bibliography of Writings from 1928 to 1982, 1983
1
1
Bibliography Supplements, 1988-1991
1
2
Biographical Sketches, 1973-1979
1
3
Contracts and Agreements, 1939-1958
1
4
Interviews
Rudolf Arnheim Interviews Adja Yunkers, 1980
1 sound cassette
1
5
Rudolf Arnheim interviewed by Richard Kostelanetz about
Radio
, 1985
2 sound cassettes
1
6
Rudolf Arnheim on Connecticut Public Radio, 1986
1 sound cassette
1
7
Rudolf Arnheim on WVOM discussing
Radio
, 1987
1 sound cassette
1
8
Interview Transcripts, 1972, 1982
1
9
Sarah Lawrence College Faculty Show Photograph, 1953
1
10
Travel Itinerary and Documents, 1976
1
11

Series 2: Correspondence, 1940-1998
4.4 linear feet
Boxes 1-5

This series consists of professional correspondence with colleagues, students, editors, publishers, universities, and art institutions on the subjects reflecting Rudolf Arnheim's diverse personal interests. The bulk of the correspondence falls under general categories created by Rudolf Arnheim: Architects, Art Historians/Critics, Dance, Film, Psychiatrists, Television, etc. Notable correspondents include Josef Albers, Gordon Allport, Joseph Campbell, Gyorgy Kepes, Hans Richter, Alice Sheldon, and B.F. Skinner, as well as American Society for Aesthetics, Harvard University, University of Michigan, Museum of Modern Art, and the New School of Social Research.
Correspondence is arranged in two different ways to reflect the original order. The chronological correspondence is at the beginning of the series. The second part of the correspondence is arranged in alphabetical order by subject or name, then chronological order thereafter. Individuals and institutions with especially voluminous correspondence often have their own folders. Otherwise individual names are integrated into the subject correspondence. Arnheim's subject headings and original order have been retained.
DescriptionContainer
Undated Correspondence, circa 1940-circa 1950
1
12
Chronological Correspondence, 1932-1939
1
13
Chronological Correspondence, 1940-1949
1
14-19
Chronological Correspondence, 1950-1955
1
20-25
Chronological Correspondence, 1956-1959
1
26-30
Chronological Correspondence, 1960-1962
1
31-36
Chronological Correspondence, 1963-1964
1
37-43
Chronological Correspondence, 1965-1967
1
44-50
Chronological Correspondence, 1968
1
51-54
Chronological Correspondence, 1969
1
55-60
Chronological Correspondence, 1970
1
61-64
Chronological Correspondence, 1971
1
65-69
Chronological Correspondence, 1972-1973
1
70-73
Chronological Correspondence, 1974-1977
1
74-77
Chronological Correspondence, 1977-1980
1
78-82
Chronological Correspondence, 1980-1984
2
1-6
Chronological Correspondence, 1984-1987
2
7-11
Chronological Correspondence, 1988-1989
2
12-18
Chronological Correspondence, 1990-1991
2
19-23
Aesthetics and Philosophy, circa 1968-1978
2
24-26
Aesthetics and Philosophy, 1978-1987
2
27-29
Aesthetics and Philosophy, 1988-1997
2
30-32
American Federation of Arts, circa 1964-1965
2
33
American Federation of Arts, 1967-1974
2
34
American Society for Aesthetics, circa 1958-1980
2
35-37
American Society for Aesthetics, 1981-1985
2
38-40
American Society for Aesthetics, 1986-1995
2
41-42
Architects and Architecture, 1964-1977
2
43-46
Architects and Architecture, 1978-1988
2
47-50
Architects and Architecture, 1988-1998
2
51-53
Art Educators and Art Education, 1969-1977
2
54-57
Art Educators and Art Education, 1977-1983
2
58-61
Art Educators and Art Education, 1984-1990
2
62-65
Art Educators and Art Education, 1991-1997
2
66-68
Art Historians and Art Critics, 1946-1977
2
69-72
Art Historians and Art Critics, 1977-1980
2
73-76
Art Historians and Art Critics, 1981-1985
2
77-80
Art Historians and Art Critics, 1985-1989
2
81-84
Art Historians and Art Critics, 1989-1992
2
85-88
Art Historians and Art Critics, 1993-1997
2
89-93
Art Therapy and Art Therapists, 1970-1980
3
1-3
Art Therapy and Art Therapists, 1980-1985
3
4
Art Therapy and Art Therapists, 1985-1995
3
5-6
Artists, 1967-circa 1979
3
7-10
Artists, circa 1980-1984
3
11-14
Artists, 1984-1987
3
15-18
Artists, 1987-1990
3
19-22
Artists, 1990-1997
3
23-27
A, Miscellaneous, 1976-1996
3
28
Behrens, Roy, 1991-1997
3
29-31
Boyers, Robert, 1971-1979
3
32
Brasseur, Lee, 1988-1994
3
33
British Journal of Aesthetics, 1991-1997
3
34
Burckhardt, Oliver, 1995-1997
3
35
B, Miscellaneous, 1990-1997
3
36
Critical Inquiry, 1977-1986
3
37-38
C, Miscellaneous, 1990-1995
3
39
Dance, 1946-1978
3
40
Dance , 1978-1996
3
41
Design Issues
, 1993-1994
3
42
D, Miscellaneous, 1989-1994
3
43
Edgerton, Sam, 1974-1975
3
44
E, Miscellaneous, 1989-1997
3
45
Film, 1940-1971
3
46
Film, 1972-1981
3
47-49
Film, 1981-1991
3
50
Filmmakers, 1992-1995
3
51
F, Miscellaneous, 1990-1995
3
52
Gay, John and Marie, 1992-1997
3
53-54
Getty Center, 1987-1991
3
55
G, Miscellaneous, 1993-1997
3
56
Harvard University, 1960-1969
3
57-58
Harvard University, 1969-1974
3
59-61
Harvard University, 1974-1989
3
62-64
Harvard University, 1990-1997
3
65-66
Hatano, Kanji, circa 1958-1977
3
67
Hatano, Kanji, 1978-1989
3
68-70
Hatano, Kanji, 1989-1995
3
71-72
Heath, Tom, 1972-1984
3
73-75
Heath, Tom, 1985-1992
3
76-78
Heath, Tom, 1992-1997
3
79-80
H, Miscellaneous, 1991-1997
3
81
Institute for the Humanities, 1989-1996
3
82
Japan Fulbright Trip, circa 1959-1982
3
83-85
Journal of Aesthetic Education, 1992-1997
3
86
Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 1994-1997
3
87
J-K, Miscellaneous, 1990-1996
3
88
Language and Culture Discussion Group, 1987-1997
3
89
Law Professors, 1996-1997
3
90
Lectures and Conferences, 1962-1972
3
91-93
Lectures and Conferences, 1972-1973
3
94-95
Lectures and Conferences, 1973-1976
4
1-5
Lectures and Conferences, 1976-1979
4
6-10
Lectures and Conferences, 1979-1981
4
11-15
Lectures and Conferences, 1981-1983
4
16-20
Lectures and Conferences, 1983-1985
4
21-25
Lectures and Conferences, 1985-1986
4
26-30
Lectures and Conferences, 1986
4
31-34
Lectures and Conferences, 1987-1990
4
35-39
Lectureships - Visiting, 1965-circa 1973
4
40
Lectureships - Visiting, 1974-1979
4
41-43
Leonardo
, circa 1972-1984
4
44-47
Leonardo
, 1985-1990
4
48-51
Leonardo
, 1990-1997
4
52-53
Letters of Recommendation, 1953-1964
4
54
Letters of Recommendation, 1965-1988
4
55
L, Miscellaneous, 1992-1993
4
56
Miller, Arthur L., 1986-1997
4
57-58
Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, circa 1982-1989
4
59-62
Museum of Modern Art, 1974-1985
4
63-65
Music and Musicians, circa 1972-1979
4
66
Music and Musicians, 1980-1988
4
67-68
Music and Musicians, 1989-1991
4
69-70
Musicians and Musicologists, 1992-1997
4
71-72
M, Miscellaneous, 1984-1997
4
73
New School for Social Research, 1956-1962
4
74-76
New School for Social Research, 1963-1977
4
77-78
Nivola, Claire, 1992-1994
4
79-81
Nivola, Claire, 1995-1997
4
82-83
N, Miscellaneous, 1987-1997
4
84
O, Miscellaneous, 1988-1995
4
85
Pariser, David - Undated, circa 1974-circa 1990
4
86
Pariser, David, circa 1974-1983
4
87-89
Pariser, David, 1984-1990
4
90-91
Pariser, David, 1990-1997
4
92-93
Petheo, Bela, 1983-1991
4
94-95
Petheo, Bela, 1993-1997
4
96
Psychiatrists, 1970-1977
4
97
Publishers, circa 1961-1979
4
98
Publishers, 1981-1983
4
99-102
Publishers, 1983-1985
4
103-106
Publishers, 1985-1987
5
1-4
Publishers, 1987-1988
5
5-8
Publishers, 1989-1992
5
9-10
P, Miscellaneous, 1993-1995
5
11
R, Miscellaneous, 1989-1996
5
12
Sarah Lawrence College - Undated, circa 1950-circa 1986
5
13
Sarah Lawrence College, circa 1950-1958
5
14-17
Sarah Lawrence College, 1958-1967
5
18-19
Sarah Lawrence College, 1967-1986
5
20-21
Schaefer-Simmern, Henry, 1945-1961
5
22
Schaefer-Simmern, Henry, 1962-1973
5
23
Schaefer-Simmern, Henry, 1973-1979
5
24-26
Shedd, Ben, 1992-1997
5
27
Sheldon, Alice, 1955-1967
5
28
Sheldon, Alice, 1967-1973
5
29-30
Sheldon, Alice, 1974-1985
5
31
Sowers, Robert, circa 1959-1983
5
32
Sowers, Robert, 1983-1989
5
33-34
Stini, Stephen Grenier, 1984-1988
5
35-37
Stini, Stephen Grenier, 1993-1997
5
38-39
S, Miscellaneous, 1988-1997
5
40
Television, 1971-1981
5
41-43
T, Miscellaneous, 1989-1997
5
44
United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1963-1968
5
45-46
University of California Press, 1954-1968
5
47
University of California Press, 1969-1978
5
48-51
University of California Press, 1978-1981
5
52-55
University of California Press, 1981-1984
5
56-59
University of California Press, 1984-1986
5
60-63
University of California Press, 1986-1989
5
64-68
University of California Press, 1990-1995
5
69-73
University of Michigan, 1974-1981
5
74-77
University of Michigan, 1981-1986
5
78-81
University of Michigan, 1987-1996
5
82-83
V, Miscellaneous, 1991-1993
5
84
Ward, John, 1978-1987
5
85-87
W, Miscellaneous, 1991-1995
5
88

Series 3: Writings and Lectures, 1930-1989
2.7 linear feet
Boxes 5-8

Writings and lectures include book reviews written by Rudolf Arnheim, typescripts and handwritten drafts of articles, lecture drafts and notes, 7 sound tape reels and one sound cassette of Arnheim's lectures, manuscripts, and copies of published articles. Manuscripts include
Art and Visual Perception
,
Art of Seeing
,
Autobiography of a Work of Art: Picasso's Guernica
,
Depth Effect of 2D Figures
,
Disorder and Entropy, Order and Art
,
Dynamics of Architectural Form
,
New Essays on the Psychology of Art
,
Photographing Michelangelo
, and a work of fiction
The World Upside Down (Verkehrte Welt)
.
Writings are grouped by type, such as articles, lectures, and manuscripts, then arranged chronologically thereafter. Undated writings and lectures were given approximate date ranges. Lecture notes and manuscripts are further arranged in alphabetical order by subject or title. The sound tape reels are grouped with the lectures.
DescriptionContainer
Article Drafts, circa 1958-circa 1970
5
89-90
Article Drafts, circa 1958-circa 1970
5
91-92
Article Drafts, circa 1958-circa 1970
5
93-95
Book Reviews by Rudolf Arnheim, circa 1962-1974
5
96
Lecture Notes
3 Dimensions of Space, circa 1948-circa 1950
5
97-98
3 Dimensions of Space, circa 1949-1950
5
99-100
3 Dimensions of Space, 1950-1958
5
101
3 Dimensions of Space, circa 1952
5
102
3 Dimensions of Space, circa 1954-circa 1964
5
103
3 Dimensions of Space, circa 1958
5
104-105
Architecture, circa 1977-circa 1980
6
1-4
Architecture, circa 1977-circa 1980
6
5-8
Architecture, circa 1977-circa 1980
6
9-11
Art, circa 1943-circa 1949
6
12-16
Art, 1947-1953
6
17-21
Art, 1954-1955
6
22-25
Art, 1956-1960
6
26-30
Art, 1962-1966
6
31-35
Art, 1967-1976
6
36-39
Art, 1977-1984
6
40-45
Art, 1984-1989
6
46-50
Art Development and Education, 1951-1955
6
51-54
Art Development and Education, 1955-1965
6
55-57
Art Development and Education, 1969-1975
6
58-61
Art Development and Education, 1976-1979
6
62-63
Art Motivation, circa 1948-1955
6
64-68
Art Motivation, 1955-1961
6
69-72
Art Perception, 1950-1961
6
73-75
Art Perception, 1968-1980
6
76-80
Communication, 1947-1954
6
81-82
Communication, 1955-1962
6
83-85
Composition, 1982-1984
6
86-87
Composition, 1984-1987
6
88-91
Literature, 1947-1954
6
92-95
Modern Art, circa 1948-circa 1961
6
96-99
Music - Undated, circa 1946-circa 1981
6
100
Music, 1946-1954
6
101-103
Music, 1961-1981
6
104
Psychology of Art, circa 1974-circa 1984
6
105-113
Seminars, 1970-1979
6
114-115
Lecture Recordings
"A Glance at the Speculations" - Matchette Foundation Lecture Series, 1961
1 sound tape reel
6
116
"In the Footsteps of a Creator" - Matchette Foundation Lecture Series, 1961
1 sound tape reel
6
117
"Picasso Lecture", circa 1962
1 sound tape reel
7
1
"What is Art for?" - Sound Seminars in Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1963
1 sound tape reel
7
2
"What is Art for?" - Cooper Union Forum, 1963
1 sound tape reel
7
3
"Arnheim before Film Guild - San Francisco State College", 1965
1 sound tape reel
7
4
"Art in Education" - Philadelphia Conference, 1967
1 sound tape reel
7
5
"Visual Thinking" - University of Houston, Clear Lake, 1980
1 sound cassette
7
6
Manuscripts
Art and Visual Perception
Chapters 1-5, circa 1974
7
7-11
Art and Visual Perception
Chapters 6-10, circa 1974
7
12-16
Art and Visual Perception
Notes, circa 1974
7
17
The Art of Seeing
, circa 1964-1967
7
18
The Autobiography of a Work of Art: Picasso's Guernica
, 1961
7
19-20
The Depth Effect of 2-D Figures
, 1943
7
21
The Disorder of Entropy and the Order of Art
, circa 1970
7
22
The Dynamics of Architectural Form
Introduction, circa 1977
7
23
The Dynamics of Architectural Form
Chapters 1-4, circa 1977
7
24-27
The Dynamics of Architectural Form
Chapters 5-8, circa 1977
7
28-31
New Essays on the Psychology of Art
, circa 1986
7
32
New Essays on the Psychology of Art
, circa 1986
8
1-3
Photographing Michelangelo
, circa 1960-circa 1975
8
4
The World Upside Down
, 1940
8
5-8
Published Articles, circa 1938-1949
8
9
Published Articles, 1952-1962
8
10
Published Articles, 1963-1974
8
11-13
Miscellaneous, 1966-1979
8
14

Series 4: Diaries, 1919-1987
1 linear foot
Boxes 8-9

The numerous diaries in this series, written in German and English, start from 1919 and extend until 1987. The diaries discuss Rudolf Arnheim's early life as a student in Germany, and contains personal reflections, poetry, as well as his interest in psychology, film and art. The later diaries also deal with Arnheim's career as an educator and lecturer and also contain drafts of writings on psychology, music, and art.
DescriptionContainer
Diary, 1919-1922
8
15
Diary, 1934-1938
8
16
Diaries, 1942-1947
8
17
Diaries, 1948-1950
8
18
Diaries, 1951-1952
8
19
Diaries, 1952-1954
8
20
Diary, 1955-1957
8
21
Diaries, 1958
8
22
Diaries, 1958-1959
8
23
Diaries, 1959-1960
8
24
Diary, 1959-1961
8
25
Diary, 1960-1963
8
26
Diary, 1961-1965
9
1
Diary, 1963-1965
9
2
Diaries, 1966-1969
9
3
Diary, 1969-1971
9
4
Diary, 1971-1975
9
5
Diary, 1975-1982
9
6
Diary, 1981-1987
9
7

Series 5: Printed Material, 1928-circa 1990
1.2 linear feet
Boxes 9-11

Printed material includes announcements for Rudolf Arnheim's lectures, reviews of his books, clippings, programs, brochures, assorted material from Sarah Lawrence College, and two instructional sound cassettes.
DescriptionContainer
Book Announcements and Notices, 1954-1972
9
8
Book Announcements and Notices, 1973-1982
9
9
Book Announcements and Notices, 1986-1988
9
10
Book Reviews
Art and Visual Perception
, circa 1954-circa 1978
9
11-12
The Dynamics of Architectural Form
, 1978-1981
9
13
Entropy and Art
, 1970-1977
9
14
Film as Art
, 1958-1977
9
15
Picasso's Guernica: The Genesis of a Painting
, 1962-1966
9
16
Picasso's Guernica: The Genesis of a Painting
, 1964-1979
9
17
The Power of Center
, 1982-1983
9
18
Toward of a Psychology of Art
, 1966-1969
9
19
Visual Thinking
, 1969-1971
9
20-21
Visual Thinking
, 1972-1973
9
22
Miscellaneous Book Reviews, 1966-1984
9
23
Clippings - Undated, circa 1928-circa 1989
9
24
Clippings, 1931-1946
9
25
Clippings, 1950-1959
9
26
Clippings, 1960-1969
9
27-28
Clippings, 1970-1979
9
29-30
Clippings, 1980-1989
9
31-32
Lecture and Symposium Announcements and Programs, circa 1955-circa 1980
9
33
Sarah Lawrence College Printed Material, 1945-1985
9
37
Scrapbook of Reviews of Arnheim's Books, 1928-1932
9
38
Scrapbook of Programs and Pamphlets (Disbound), 1949-1966
9
39
Scrapbook of Programs and Pamphlets (Disbound), 1966-1971
9
40-41
Scrapbook of Programs and Pamphlets (Disbound), 1971-1979
9
42
Miscellaneous Pamphlets, Press Releases and Event Programs, circa 1951-circa 1978
9
43-44
Miscellaneous Pamphlets, Press Releases and Event Programs, circa 1951-circa 1978
10
1-6
Miscellaneous Pamphlets, Press Releases and Event Programs, 1974-1979
10
7-8
Miscellaneous Pamphlets, Press Releases and Event Programs, 1978-1989
10
9-13
Miscellaneous Pamphlets, Press Releases, and Event Programs, 1985-1989
11
1
Asian Language Recording, circa 1980-circa 1990
1 sound cassette
11
2
Albert Bregman "Auditory Organization", 1983
1 sound cassette
11
3

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