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Arthur W. Colen correspondence with Albert C. Barnes, 1940-1945

Colen, Arthur W.

Photographer, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet, (30 items)

Summary: Correspondence, newsclippings, and miscellaneous items pertaining to the personal and business relationship between Arthur Colen and Albert Barnes. The collection documents the onset of their relationship, first as dog aficionados, followed by a business arrangement granting Colen permission to photograph works in the Barnes Collection. Later correspondence reveals the conflict over the reproductions which led to a legal battle between the two men.

Biographical/Historical Note

Colen was a photographer, also a sculptor, architect and interior decorator, Philadelphia; Barnes a businessman and art collector.


Donated 1994 by Michael Zakian, who received the letters from Roy and Paul Colen, Colen's sons and executors of his estate.

Language Note

Undetermined .

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Arthur W. Colen correspondence with Albert C. Barnes, 1940-1945. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.