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

Penney, Charles Rand, 1923-2010


Collection Information

Size: 23.1 linear feet

Summary: The papers of art collector Charles Rand Penney measure 23.1 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."

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Rand Penney (1923-2010) was an art collector from Buffalo, New York.


The collection was donated in 1993-1994 by Charles Rand Penney.

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Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund.