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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.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Rand Penney (1923-2010) was an art collector from Buffalo, New York. He was well known for his collection of art by Western New York artists, but also collected art from Europe, Africa, Oceania, and other regions of the United States. His travels contributed to the eclectic mix of paintings, drawings, sculptures, hooked rugs, quilts, and tribal art found within his art collection.


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

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Language Note

Collection is in English.


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