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Charles Rand Penney papers, 1923-1994, bulk 1945-1994

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Creator:
Penney, Charles Rand, 1923-2010
Subject:
Arp, Jean
Audubon, John James
Avery, Milton
Bertoia, Harry
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim
Calder, Alexander
Davis, Stuart
Evergood, Philip Howard
Ganso, Emil
Goodnough, Robert
Grooms, Red
Hopper, Edward
Marin, John
Marsh, Reginald
MiroĢ, Joan
Moore, Henry
Nevelson, Louise
Noguchi, Isamu
Penney, Charles Rand
Pepper, Beverly Stoll
Segal, George
Sloan, John French
Stamos, Theodoros
Steinberg, Saul
Wilke, Ulfert
Charles Rand Penney Collection
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
22.9 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Summary:
The papers of art collector Charles Rand Penney measure 22.9 linear feet and date from 1923 to 1994 with the bulk of the collection dating from 1945 to 1994. The majority of the collection consists of Penney's art collection files, which include printed materials, correspondence, notes, and photographic materials. Also found within the papers are catalogs from exhibitions that featured artwork from Penney's collection.
The bulk of the papers consist of Penney's art collection files documenting artists, artworks, exhibitions, and various other projects. Artists of significance represented in the files include Jean Arp, John James Audubon, Milton Avery, Harry Bertoia, Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Philip Evergood, Emil Ganso, Robert Goodnough, Red Grooms, Edward Hopper, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, Joan Miro, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Beverly Pepper, George Segal, John Sloan, Theodoros Stamos, Saul Steinberg, and Ulfert Wilke, among many others. Also included are files for artists that participated in the "Toronto 20" portfolio project in 1965. The files do not include Penney's files relating to Charles Burchfield, Wester New York state artists, or objects from the Arts and Craft movement.
A few notable exhibition catalogs found in the series of catalogs of the Charles Rand Penney art collection are "Charles Burchfield: The Charles Rand Penney Collection," "The Graphic Art of Emil Ganso," "Drawings from the Collection of Charles Rand Penney," "Quilts Coverlets Hooked Rugs from the Collection of Charles Rand Penney," "The Charles Rand Penney Collection: Twentieth Century Art," and "An American Visionary: Watercolors and Drawings of Charles E. Burchfield."
Citation:
Charles Rand Penney papers, 1923-1994, bulk 1945-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding:
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Charles Rand Penney conducted by Robert F. Brown on August 14-16, 1981. Additional files relating to the Charles Rand Penney Foundation (1963-1976) are located at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Files relating to Western New York state artists, Charles Burchfield, and American Arts and Crafts are located at the Burchfield-Penney Center at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, New York.
Biography Note:
Charles Rand Penney (1923-2010) was an art collector from Buffalo, New York.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1993-1994 by Charles Rand Penney.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6426
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215548
AAA_collcode_pennchar
Theme:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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