The Paul B. Arnold Collection represents only a portion of the life and work of professor and artist Paul B. Arnold. The materials in the collection are diverse and represent Arnold’s varied and prolific career as an artist and as a professor at Oberlin College and Conservatory. The bulk of the collection is made up of course materials, published writings, and speeches relating to Arnold’s teaching career between 1942 and 1985 at Oberlin College and Conservatory. The collection also documents Arnold’s artistic career through professional correspondence, exhibition catalogs, and a limited selection of sketches and artwork that Paul Arnold created.
The project files for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park redevelopment and for the John Frederick Oberlin monument indicate Arnold’s involvement as a project committee member and a designer of monuments. A series of models represent Paul Arnold’s design process for the John Frederick Oberlin monument on the Oberlin College campus. Arnold also collaborated on the Clyde Holbrook capital, the Finney Chapel rose window, and the proposed H. H. Kung Center.
Included in the collection are photographs and a speech that date from Arnold’s young life in China with his family, while his father was a general secretary for the Y.M.C.A. in Asia. However, few documents within the collection detail Arnold’s personal and family life outside of his career.
Series 1. Biographical Files, ca. 1941, 1985-86,1993-94, 2005, 2010, 2013, n.d.
Series 2. Correspondence, 1956, 1960, 1963, 1966-67, 1969, 1974-75, 1978-80, 1984, 1988, 2010, n.d.
Series 3. Speeches, 1938, 1949, 1953-60, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1971, 1977-79, 1981, 1985, 1997, n.d.
Series 4. Teaching Files, 1934, 1937-39, 1946-53, 1955-79, 1983-84, n.d.
Subseries 1. Course Materials
Subseries 2. Gradebooks (RESTRICTED)
Series 5. Other Professional Files, 1954-55, 1964, 1969, 1979, 1983-84, 1987, 1991, n.d.
Series 6. Research and Writings, 1931, 1940, 1953, 1955, 1963, 1969-70, 1974-76, 1980-82, n.d.
Subseries 1. Published Writings
Subseries 2. Manuscripts
Subseries 3. Research Notes
Subseries 4. Writings by Others
Series 7. Architectural and Public Sculpture Project Files, 1983, 1985-92, n.d.
Subseries 1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Redevelopment, Oberlin,
Subseries 2. John Frederick Oberlin Monument, Oberlin College,
Subseries 3. Clyde Holbrook Capital, Oberlin College
Subseries 4. Finney Chapel Rose Window, Oberlin College
Subseries 5. H. H. Kung Center (proposed), Oberlin College
Series 8. Printed Matter, 1938-39, 1947, 1954, 1956, 1959, 1963-64, 1966, 1969, 1971-72, 1974, 1977, 1979-82, 1984, 1986-87, 1990, n.d.
Series 9. Ephemera, ca. 1960, 1972, 1978, 1980, 1988, 2012, n.d.
Series 10. Photographic Materials, late 19th or early 20th century, ca. 1950s, 1969, 1979, 1982, 1986, ca. early 2000s, n.d.
Subseries 1. Photographs
Subseries 2. Slides
Subseries 3. Negatives
Subseries 4. Photographic Postcards
Series 11. Exhibition Files, 1967, 1976, 1978-79, 1985, 1989-92, 1995, 1998, 2000
Series 12. Artworks and Objects, ca. 1976, 1992, 1994-95, 1998-99, n.d.
Series I. Biographical Files, 1941, 1985-86, 1993-94, 2005, 2013, n.d. (0.1 l.f.)
Consists of memorial service materials for Paul Arnold put together after his death. Also included are interviews with Paul Arnold that were conducted in the early 1990s and 2000s, and materials related to the 50th reunion of his Shanghai American School class.
Series 2. Correspondence, 1956, 1960, 1963, 1966-67, 1969, 1974-75, 1978-80, 1984-88, 2010, n.d. (0.1 l.f.)
This series contains personal and professional letters to and from Paul Arnold. The personal correspondence includes only a postcard from Paul Arnold discussing Sally Arnold’s death and a holiday card from Kemper Arnold, Paul Arnold’s son. The professional correspondence includes letters about Paul Arnold’s art exhibitions, Oberlin College correspondence, and correspondence regarding lectures he was scheduled to give elsewhere.
Series 3. Speeches, 1939, 1949, 1953-60, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1977-79, 1981, 1985, 1997, n.d. (0.1 l.f.)
The materials in this series primarily include notes and texts of speeches written by Paul Arnold about the fine arts. In particular, there are speeches about the Art Department at Oberlin College and Conservatory; architectural design, including the design of Arnold’s home; religious art; and memorials. The majority of these speeches were given on the Oberlin College campus. A few speeches written by other individuals are included.
Series 4. Teaching Materials, 1934, 1937-39, 1946-53, 1955-79, 1983-84, n.d. (2.50 l.f.)
This series includes two subseries. The bulk of the material is in Subseries 1. Course Materials. This includes class assignments and lecture notes from classes Arnold taught. Subseries 2. Gradebooks contains class grades and is restricted.
Series 5. Other Professional Files, 1954-55, 1964, 1969, 1979, 1983-84, 1987, 1991, n.d (0.15 l.f)
Consists of materials related to Paul Arnold’s professional career as a professor and artist. The series is varied and contains notes from seminars and conferences Arnold attended, Peace Corps training materials, a report from a Chinese language session in Taiwan, materials from an alumni tour that Paul Arnold organized with his wife, and an art show for which he was a juror. Included are files related to visiting lecturers for the Baldwin Seminar series, R. Buckminster Fuller and Rhys Carpenter.
Series 6. Research and Writings, 1931, 1940, 1953, 1955, 1963, 1969-70, 1974-76, 1980-82, n.d. (0.35 l.f.)
Contains published articles that Paul Arnold wrote about art history, artistic techniques and processes, and memorials for fellow faculty members. Several versions of the printmaking manuals he developed for his printmaking classes are included in this series. Finally, the collection contains research notes, drafts, and unpublished manuscripts for articles or papers he wrote.
Series 7. Architectural and Public Sculpture Project Files, 1983, 1985-92, n.d (0.2 l.f.)
This series contains project files that document Paul Arnold’s work as a project committee member and designer for monuments on the Oberlin College campus and in the Oberlin community. This includes materials about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park redevelopment, the John Frederick Oberlin monument, the Clyde Holbrook capital, and the Finney Chapel rose window. There is limited documentation about the proposed H.H. Kung Center.
Series 8. Printed Matter, 1938-39, 1947, 1954, 1956, 1959, 1963-1964, 1966, 1969, 1971-72, 1974, 1977, 1979-82, 1984, 1986-87, 1990, n.d. (0.2 l.f.)
The materials in this series include documents from the Y.M.C.A. in Osaka, Japan, and information about Chinese culture, including newspaper articles, pamphlets, and illustrations. The series contains information about religious art, printmaking, papermaking, technical art notes, and art supply catalogs. A limited selection of materials in the series relate to R. Buckminster Fuller and his plans for geodesic domes. Additionally, there is information about the art programs offered at the Kala Institute in Berkeley, CA.
Series 9. Ephemera, ca. 1960, 1972, 1978, 1980, 1988, 2012, n.d. (0.14 l.f.)
Contains ephemera that Paul Arnold collected. Notable within the series are a set of rubbings of Chinese art. There are also materials related to the Kirkridge Retreat Center, as well as various flyers, leaflets, cards, and booklets.
Series 10. Photographic Materials, late 19th-early 20th century, 1920s-1950s, 1961, 1969, 1979, 1982, 1986, ca. early 2000s, n.d. (0.26 l.f.)
This series contains photographs and photographic postcards with a limited number of slides and negatives. Most of the photographic materials and negatives were taken in China during the late 19th and early 20th century. The other photographs document Oberlin College, alumni tours and reunions, and special projects.
Series 11. Exhibition Files, 1967, 1976, 1978-79, 1985, 1989-92, 1995, 1998, 2000 (0.64 l.f.)
These materials document exhibitions of Paul Arnold’s artwork, as well as exhibitions of Oberlin alumni art collections. Materials include exhibition catalogs, brochures, fliers, and posters.
Series 12. Artworks and Objects, ca. 1976, 1992, 1994-95, 1998-99, n.d. (1.64 l.f.)
This series includes examples of Paul Arnold’s artwork consisting of sketches, original prints, photographic copies of artwork, and examples of his artwork used for magazine covers. Included in the series are models for the John Frederick Oberlin monument on the Oberlin College campus. One of Paul Arnold’s paintbrushes is included in this series.