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Henry Ward Ranger Estate papers, 1888-circa 1999, bulk 1904-1954

How to Use This Collection

Exploring the Collection

This collection has a finding aid which allows users to navigate to specific parts of the collection. To explore this collection, use either the expandable links in the sidebar or through the container inventory located in the Contents and Arrangement. Digitized materials will be indicated with the Digitized items icon icon.

A PDF of the entire finding aid can be found on the Overview page.

Requesting Materials

You can request an appointment to view materials in the Washington, D.C. reading room or to receive reproductions. Requests can be made as you navigate through the collection on either the series description page (found through Contents and Arrangement) or on individual folders.

Alternative Forms Available

A portion of the collection was digitized in 2019 and is available on the Archives of American Art website. Materials which have been digitized include records which provide biographical information about Ranger and provenance information for his artwork, or document his estate gift to the National Academy of Design.

Records which have not been digitized include records documenting the contesting of the will by Edith Ranger and the litigation and criminal investigations which ensued; records documenting individual claims against the will; routine estate records, not related to the purchase and distribution of artwork; and duplicates.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

Restrictions on Use

The Henry Ward Ranger estate papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

How to Cite This Collection

Henry Ward Ranger Estate papers, 1888-circa 1999, bulk 1904-1954. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Digitization Note

This site provides access to the papers of Henry Ward Ranger in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2019, and total 1,408 images.