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Byron Browne papers, 1930-1963

Browne, Byron, 1907-1961

Painter, Designer, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 2.9 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: Photographs of Browne and his works of art; biographical material; business and financial records, including check stubs, financial records kept for income tax purposes, income tax records, payroll slips, bills and receipts; a eulogy by Joseph Solman; gallery literature; exhibition catalogs, announcements, and brochures; correspondence, including letters regarding a lottery to help Browne after his heart attack in 1952; greeting cards, letters of condolence and business letters; 19 slides of his work; a drawing by Browne; teaching charts for his classes at the Art Students League and New York University; and printed material, including clippings and other miscellaneous materials. A brief motion picture film clip of Browne working is also found.
Correspondents include John von Wicht, James Michener, Abraham Rattner, Yasuo Kunioshi, Robert Gwathmey, and Edith Lowenthal.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, sculptor, educator; New York, N.Y. and Provincetown, Mass. Was Married to Rosalind Bengelsdorf Browne, painter, art critic and educator.


Lent and donated 1963-1978 by Rosalind Bengelsdorf Browne, widow of Byron Browne.

Location of Originals

  • Reel NBB 1-NBB 2: Originals returned to Rosalind Bengelsdorf Browne after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 97 and NBB 1-NBB 2 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Byron Browne papers, 1930-1963. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.