Oral history interview with Charles Rand Penney, 1981 Aug. 14-16

Penney, Charles Rand , b. 1923 d. 2010
Active in Lockport, N.Y.

Size: Transcript: 74 p.

Format: Originally recorded on 1 tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 17 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Charles Rand Penney conducted 1981 Aug. 14-16, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.

Penney speaks of his childhood in Buffalo, N.Y.; his education at Yale; his early interest in prints, especially Emil Ganso's work; his acquaintance with and patronage of Charles Burchfield; the expansion of his collection during the 1960s; the establishment of an educational foundation; and his patronage of artists in western New York.

Biographical/Historical Note: Charles R. Penney (1923-2010) was an art collector from Lockport, N.Y.

These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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