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Correspondence, 1905-1956, undated


Scope and Contents

Correspondence of Walter and Louise Arensberg, as well as some letters to and from the Arensbergs' staff, including Elizabeth Wrigley and Stanley Rogers, written on the Arensbergs' behalf. Most out-going correspondence are carbon copies of letters dictated by Walter Arensberg and transcribed and typed by his secretary. Only a handful of personal letters are handwritten or by Louise Arensberg. In-coming correspondence is commonly addressed to both Walter and Louise Arensberg.

The correspondence is primarily with art museums, galleries, and art associations seeking exhibition loans; art historians and publishers asking permission to publish works in the Arensbergs' collection; individuals and dealers offering works of art for sale; and general requests to visit the Arensbergs' Hollywood home to view their collection. Also includes personal letters between the Arensbergs and various modern artists, architects and literary figures, including Constantin Brancusi, Kay Boyle, Beniamino Bufano, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Serge Chermayeff, Helen Freeman Corle, Arthur Cravan, Salvador Dalí, Charles Demuth, Marcel Duchamp, Charles Eames, Max Ernst, Alexey Jawlensky, Frederick Kiesler, Le Corbusier, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, Roberto Montenegro, Robert Motherwell, Francis and Gabrielle Buffet Picabia, Man Ray, Hans Richter, Diego Rivera, Henri Pierre Roché, Eero Saarinen, Charles Sheeler, Rufino Tamayo, Sophie Treadwell, Tristan Tzara, Edward Weston and Beatrice Wood. Also includes some letters with other collectors of modern art, including Katherine Dreier, Peggy Guggenheim, Ruth Maitland and Galka Scheyer, as well as some art historians and scholars, notably William Mills Ivins, Walter Pach, James Johnson Sweeney, and Karl With. A few letters pertain to or mention Walter Arensberg's research on Francis Bacon.


  • 1905-1956, undated

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Predominantly in English; some material in French, German, Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 33 linear feet


Repository Details

Part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives Repository

Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia PA 19101-7646 United States