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Walter and Louise Arensberg papers, 1912-1982, (bulk 1917-1982)

Arensberg, Walter, 1878-1954

Art patron


Collection Information

Size: 558 items (on 2 microfilm reels).

Summary: Correspondence, 1917-1982, with Marcel Duchamp, 1917-1968 (some is in French), Beatrice Wood, 1952-1982 (some illustrated), Charles Sheeler, 1953-1955, and others. A few of the letters include photographs, poetry and printed material. Also included in the papers are a list of art in the Arensberg collection, 1951, compiled for a tax return; poetry and essays by the psychiatrist E. E. Southard; and notes and scripts for skits and pantomimes by Guillaume Apollinaire.

Biographical/Historical Note

Walter Arensberg was a writer and art collector.


Lent for microfilming 1985 by the Francis Bacon Library and Foundation, Claremont, Calif. Most, or perhaps all, of the microfilmed material was subsequently physically transferred from the Francis Bacon Foundation to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1996 and formally given to the Museum in 2001 by the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, which had received it as part of a larger gift from the Francis Bacon Foundation in 1995.

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to lender after microfilming, and subsequently donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Arensberg Archives.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels 3570-3571 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

Restrictions on Use

Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from Archivist of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

How to Cite This Collection

Walter and Louise Arensberg papers, 1912-1982, (bulk 1917-1982). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.