Louis Conrad Rosenberg collection, circa 1900-1970 PDF
- Rosenberg, Louis Conrad, 1890-1983
- Louis Conrad Rosenberg collection
- circa 1900-1970 (inclusive)19001970
- 18 linear feet, (9 containers)
- Collection Number
- Ax 509
- 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.
- University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
- 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.
- 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
[Identification of item], Louis Conrad Rosenberg Collection, Ax 509, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
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.
Etchings by others
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.
Eritrea, Ethiopia Series
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.
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.
Alfred Cook photographs
Society of American Etchers
York and Sawyer architecture prints
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.
Honors and awards
Lists of etchings
Personal print work
Record of etchings and dry points
Report: Officers Housing on Army Posts
Student drafting work
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.
Architectural Renderings by Winners of the Birch Burdette Long Memorial Prize
Emerson, William and Georges Gromort. Old Bridges of France. New York: The Press of the American Institute of Architects
Middle East War Projects of Johnson, Drake, and Piper, Inc. for the Corps of Engineers, US Army. New York: William E. Rudge's Sons
Reese, Albert. American Prize Printers of the 20th Century. New York: American Artists Group
Reid, Kenneth. American Etchers: Louis C. Rosenberg. New York: The Crafton Collection
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
Rosenberg, Louis Conrad. The Davanzati Palace Florence, Italy. New York: The Architectural Book Publishing Company
Salaman, Malcolm C. Fine Prints of the Year: An Annual Review of Contemporary Etching and Engraving. New York: Minton, Balch, and Company
Salaman, Malcolm C. Masters of Etching: L.C. Rosenberg. New York: William Edwin Rudge
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)