Collection Summary

Title:Arensberg Archives

Date:1905-1957, n.d.

Creator(s):Arensberg, Walter, 1878-1954
Arensberg, Louise Stevens

Extent:33 cubic feet


Repository:Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Abstract:Art collectors Walter and Louise Arensberg amassed a seminal collection of Modern and pre-Columbian art between 1913 and 1950, when they presented it to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Arensberg Archives contain correspondence, ephemera, clippings, writings, personal and art collection records, and photographs documenting the couple's art collecting activities as well as their friendship with many important artists, writers and scholars, including Marcel Duchamp, Charles Sheeler, Walter Pach, Beatrice Wood, and Elmer Ernest Southard. The collection also includes some material related to Walter Arensberg's study of Francis Bacon and the founding of his research institute, the Francis Bacon Foundation.