Louis Conrad Rosenberg collection, circa 1900-1970  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Rosenberg, Louis Conrad, 1890-1983
Title
Louis Conrad Rosenberg collection
Dates
circa 1900-1970 (inclusive)
Quantity
18 linear feet, (9 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 509
Summary
Collection comprises papers of American etcher and architect Louis Conrad Rosenberg, and includes matted etchings, dry points, watercolors, journals, catalogs, architectural renderings, awards, books from his personal library, and information from interviews.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room.

Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Additional Reference Guides

Paper finding aid with additional information available in Special Collections and University Archives.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Etcher and architect Louis Conrad Rosenberg was born in Portland, Oregon on May 6, 1890. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1914 with a degree in architecture, and was hired as an instructor of architectural design at the University of Oregon. In 1919, he became an assistant professor of architectural design. Between 1920 and 1922, Rosenberg explored Europe, and discovered his love of etching as a medium for architectural drawing. As a result, Rosenberg entered The Royal College of Art in London in 1924, instead of returning to his architecture practice following his fellowship. He studied etching and printmaking under Malcom Osborne, and became a highly successful artist. During the 1920s and 30s, Rosenberg primarily made a living working as an etcher, only occasionally taking on architecture work. After the World War Two, Rosenberg returned to Portland, Oregon and began working with local architects Glenn Stanton and Hollis Johnston. In 1946, he once again left Oregon to join the New York architectural alliance of Kiff-Colean-Voss and Souder of the York and Sawyer office. He retired from the Kiff alliance in 1964 as head designer. Rosenberg died in 1983 in Oregon City, Oregon.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Louis Conrad Rosenberg collection documents the artist's career as an internationally renowned creator of etchings and dry points, as well as a skilled architect and draftsman.

This collection represents the largest single collection of Rosenberg's etchings, dry points, line drawings, watercolors, and architectural renderings. Etching and dry points are primarily architecture focused landscapes. Color lithographs and photocopies of existing etchings are also included. Drawings and watercolors document the artist's world travel. Architectural renderings document Rosenberg's early commercial building, public monument, and competition work.

Beyond Rosenberg's artistic output, the collection contains photographs, papers and publications. The majority of photographs in this collection document Rosenberg's residential projects in Fairfield, Connecticut. Louis Conrad Rosenberg's papers record the effect of his art on his professional and personal life. Professional papers include correspondence and exhibition catalogs, whereas material of a more personal nature include family book plates and holiday cards. Publications in this collection include small press compendiums of Rosenberg's etchings, as well as works for which Rosenberg provided illustrations.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Louis Conrad Rosenberg Collection, Ax 509, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Etchings and dry points, 1918-1949Return to Top

This series includes etching and dry points completed by Rosenberg between 1918 and 1949. General work includes a variety of architecture focused landscapes, primarily documenting Rosenberg's travels in England, continental Europe, and North Africa. A few commercial drawings are also included. The Cleveland and Cincinnati series illustrate the building of two Ohio railroad terminals from 1928 to 1932. The Harvard and Princeton series consist of drawings of important buildings on the two Ivy League campuses. Color lithographs and photocopies of existing etchings are included in this series, as are etchings by others gifted to Rosenberg. A chronological log of all of Rosenberg's etchings completed between 1922 and 1944 is included in the papers series of this collection.

This series is in its original order.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1-2, 5
General work
1921-1949
3
Cleveland Series
1927-1931
3
Cincinnati Series
1930-1931
3
Harvard Series
1933
3
Princeton Series
1934
Folder
5 3
Color lithographs
circa 1940s
4-5
Etching photocopies
1927-1948
Folder
5 5
Etchings by others
1918, 1929

Drawings and watercolors, 1927-1945Return to Top

This series includes travel drawings and watercolors completed by Rosenberg between 1927 and 1945. General work includes images of Scandinavia, Europe, and Washington, D.C. The Eritrea, Ethiopia and Mexico series include architectural drawings, landscapes, and still lives.

This series is in its original order.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
4
General work
1927-1945
4
Eritrea, Ethiopia Series
1942
4
Mexico Series
undated

Architectural renderings and posters, 1910-1915Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Architectural renderings and posters includes commercial work completed by Rosenberg between 1910 and 1915. Work includes building and public monument proposals, renderings submitted for competitions, and event posters. Most building and public monument renderings were done for projects completed in Portland, Oregon.

This series is in its original order.

Photographs, 1920-1962Return to Top

This series contains photographs collected by Rosenberg between 1920 and 1962. The majority of photographs in this series were taken by Alfred Cook in 1947, and document Rosenberg's residential projects in Fairfield, Connecticut. Other photographs by Cook include four cityscapes of Cairo. This series also includes prints Rosenberg collected during his traveling fellowship in Europe, photographic prints of architectural renderings completed for architectural firm York and Sawyer, and a picture of a New York meeting of the Society of American Etchers in 1936.

This series is arranged alphabetically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
5-6
Alfred Cook photographs
circa 1920-1947
Folder
6 29
Society of American Etchers
1936
6 22
Traveling fellowship
1920-1922
6 23
York and Sawyer architecture prints
1962

Papers, 1900-1967Return to Top

Louis Conrad Rosenberg's papers document both his professional and personal life. Professional papers documenting his work as an architect and etcher include correspondence, exhibition catalogs, and chronological logs of etchings and dry points. Of particular note is a report completed by Rosenberg during World War Two on officers housing on army posts. Material of a more personal nature includes drafting work done by Rosenberg as a student at MIT, family book plates and holiday cards, and a personal scrapbook.

This series is arranged in alphabetical order.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
6 1-2
Correspondence
1922-1967
6 3-4
Exhibition catalogs
1927-1954
5-6
Honors and awards
1914-1970
Folder
6 6
Lists of etchings
1922-1947
6 7
Personal print work
1919-1963
6 8
Personal scrapbook
1900-1922
5 1
Portraits
1932, 1935
6 9-10
Record of etchings and dry points
1922-1944
6 11
Report: Officers Housing on Army Posts
1939-1940
6 12
Student drafting work
1912-1914

Publications, 1923-1965Return to Top

This series contains publications that document Rosenberg's career as both an etcher and architect. The majority of publications in this series are small press collections of Rosenberg's etchings, as well as works for which Rosenberg provided illustrations. A small number of trade magazines with articles about Rosenberg are included.

This series is arranged in alphabetical order.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
6 13-15
American Artist
1946-1947, 1957
6 16
Architectural Renderings by Winners of the Birch Burdette Long Memorial Prize
1965
6 17
Architecture
1935 January
Volume
8 1
Emerson, William and Georges Gromort. Old Bridges of France. New York: The Press of the American Institute of Architects
1925
7 2
Middle East War Projects of Johnson, Drake, and Piper, Inc. for the Corps of Engineers, US Army. New York: William E. Rudge's Sons
1943
Folder
6 20
Pencil Points
1940
6 25
Reese, Albert. American Prize Printers of the 20th Century. New York: American Artists Group
1949
6 27
Reid, Kenneth. American Etchers: Louis C. Rosenberg. New York: The Crafton Collection
1930
6-7
Rosenberg, Louis Conrad. Cottages, Farmhouses and other Minor Buildings in England of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries. New York: The Architectural Book Publishing Company
1923
Volume
7 3
Rosenberg, Louis Conrad. The Davanzati Palace Florence, Italy. New York: The Architectural Book Publishing Company
1943
Folder
6 19
Technology Review
1962
6 26
Salaman, Malcolm C. Fine Prints of the Year: An Annual Review of Contemporary Etching and Engraving. New York: Minton, Balch, and Company
1926
6 24
Salaman, Malcolm C. Masters of Etching: L.C. Rosenberg. New York: William Edwin Rudge
1929

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Architects--United States
  • Architecture, Modern--20th century
  • Architecture--United States
  • Etching, American--20th century
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Architectural drawings
  • Architectural photographs
  • etchings (prints)