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Elbert Weinberg Collection

Identifier: MS-Weinberg

Scope and Content

The Elbert Weinberg Collection includes approximately 1500 photographs documenting the sculptor’s work, plus additional photographs of a personal nature. There are approximately 1000 loose drawings, not including those that appear in more than 30 sketchbooks, and several dozen prints, including multiple states and multiple impressions of some of these. This material is complemented by an extensive collection of ephemera and personal and business correspondence, some of which documents the activities of the Elbert Weinberg Trust and some of which relates to the sculptor’s daughter Julia.


  • 1946-1996

Access Restrictions

The records are stored in a restricted area and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Elbert Weinberg Collection must be obtained in writing from the Executive Director of the Hartford History Center, and a copy of the published work may be requested by the Hartford History Center. The Hartford History Center reserves the right to refuse permission to publish, etc. to those who have not complied with its policies. Use of the collections will normally not be permitted for the purpose of promotion of commercial products and services or political campaigns. Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library reserves the right to limit the number of photographic prints/captures and to restrict the use or reproduction of rare, fragile, or valuable objects. Material relating to Julia Weinberg may not be published during her lifetime.

Biographical Note

Following the death of Elbert Weinberg in 1991, the Elbert Weinberg Trust was created to manage his estate. The Trust saw unfinished projects through to completion and arranged for the exhibition of Weinberg’s work and the placement of his work in public collections. In 2013, the Trust gave the sculptor’s personal and business papers, a large group of his prints and drawings, and a comprehensive group of photographs documenting his work to the Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library, together with several representative pieces of sculpture.

Elbert Weinberg was born in Hartford on May 27, 1928. He attended Northeast School and Weaver High School. While still a student at Weaver High School, he began taking courses at Hartford Art School, where he studied sculpture with Henry Kreis. He subsequently received his B.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and his M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Design. In 1951, he won the Prix de Rome. Between 1951 and 1976, he lived and worked in Rome, returning frequently to the United States to teach and exhibit his work. During the winter of 1969 to 1970, he was Visiting Professor of Sculpture at Dartmouth College and from 1969 to 1971, he was Visiting Associate Professor of Sculpture at Boston University. From 1974-1976, he was Visiting Associate Professor of Sculpture at Tyler Abroad Temple University, in Rome. Weinberg returned to the United States in 1976 and served as Artist-in-Residence at Union College in Schenectady, New York from 1976 to 1980 He taught sculpture at Boston University from 1980 to 1989 and also taught drawing at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1982 to 1986 During much of this period he maintained a studio in Hartford. Weinberg died in Hartford of myelofibrosis on December 27, 1991. While best known for his sculptures of Jewish liturgical subjects, Weinberg also created many works based on Greek mythology and works honoring artists and authors whom he especially admired. Cats and dogs figure prominently in his later work. Although most of his work is figurative in nature, beginning in the 1960s, he produced some purely abstract sculptures. Grace Borgenicht was his New York dealer from the 1960s until his death. He exhibited frequently and his sculptures are in the collections of many major museums.


85 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The collection provides an overview of the life’s work of the Hartford sculptor Elbert Weinberg.

Physical Location

Hartford History Center Manuscript Stacks

Elbert Weinberg Collection
A Guide to the Collection at the Hartford History Center
December 2016
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Language of description note
Finding aid is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Hartford History Center Repository

Hartford History Center
Hartford Public Library
500 Main St
Hartford CT 06103 USA