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Perry Townsend Rathbone papers, 1929-1985

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Creator:
Rathbone, Perry Townsend, 1911-2000
Subject:
Swarzenski, Hanns
Parkhurst, Charles Percy
Howe, Thomas Carr
Willard, Marian
Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold
Ritchie, Andrew Carnduff
Beckmann, Max
Stout, George L. (George Leslie)
Gonzalez, Xavier
Moore, Lamont
Valentin, Curt
Faison, S. Lane (Samson Lane)
Sabersky, Jane
Wittmann, Otto
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
City Art Museum of St. Louis
Allied Forces.Supreme Headquarters.Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section
Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
4.3 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
The papers of museum director Perry Townsend Rathbone measure 4.3 linear feet and date from 1929 to 1985. The papers document Rathbone's career as museum director of the City Art Museum of St. Louis and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and his later work with Christie's New York office. Found within the papers are biographical materials, correspondence with friends and colleagues, writings, professional and project files, printed materials, and photographs, mostly of exhibitions.
Citation:
Perry Townsend Rathbone papers, 1929-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding:
Processing of this collection was funded by the Kress H. Kress Foundation.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds an oral history interview of Perry Townsend Rathbone conducted in 1975-1976 by Paul Cummings for the Archives of American Art's oral history program.
Biography Note:
Perry Townsend Rathbone (1911-2000) was a museum director in New York, N.Y. and Boston, Mass. Rathbone was the director of the City Art Museum of St. Louis, 1940-1955, and director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1954-1972. He was director of the auction house, Christie's USA, between 1973-1977, senior vice-president from 1977-1987, and a consultant beginning in 1987.
Provenance:
Perry Townsend Rathbone donated his paper to the Archives of American Art in 1977 and 1988.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Transcripts
Museum directors
Interviews
Photographs
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8353
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210525
AAA_collcode_rathperr
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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