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National Academy of Design records, 1817-2012

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Series 11:Ranger Fund Assignments, 1919-2008
4.3 Linear feet
Boxes 39-44

The Ranger Fund assignment files document the distribution of artworks by living American artists to institutions throughout the United States, in accordance with the will of Henry Ward Ranger. The Ranger Fund was initiated to stimulate public interest in the work of contemporary American painters in 1919, when the National Academy of Design received a bequest from Henry Ward Ranger, totaling $400,000. Ranger stated in his will that the capital should be invested and the income used as a purchase fund to facilitate gifts of paintings by living American artists to arts institutions throughout the United States.
Files document the assignment of particular works of art to institutions through the official agreement, related correspondence, and in some instances, photographs of the artwork. Requests include questionnaire forms completed by requesting institutions regarding the nature of the building and public accessibility. Also included are lists of paintings for assignment and assignment location, as well as related correspondence. Purchases includes lists of artworks purchased with the Ranger Fund and related correspondence.
A stipulation of the Ranger Will was that the National Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, be able to acquire any artwork purchased with the Ranger Fund during a certain period of time after the artist's death. Smithsonian Institution files here contain annual reports with the purchases from each year and their assignments. Correspondence between the Smithsonian Institution and the Academy inform on the council's decision to assign particular paintings purchased with the Ranger Fund, detail purchases and allocations, and discuss whether or not to bring a painting into the National Gallery's collection within the designated time period.
A spreadsheet in box 43, folder 7 catalogs all assigned works from 1919-2007 and includes purchase date, price, original assignee, current assignment, and Smithsonian Institution accession date, when applicable.
DescriptionContainerSelect
Agreements
Acampora-Andrews, 1924-2003
39
18
Annus-Avery, 1953-2004
39
19
Barber-Betts, 1925-1982
39
20
Binder-Blumenschein, 1923-1987
39
21
Bober-Brandt, 1951-2006
39
22
Brook-Burrough, 1922-1991
40
1
Burton-Chavez, 1922-2003
40
2
Checkley-Cobb, 1922-1983
40
3
Coffey-Craig, 1921-2003
40
4
Crane-D'esposito, 1919-1983
40
5
De Knight-Dickinson, 1925-1980
40
6
Dickinson-Dougherty, 1932-2005
40
7
Dubaniewicz-Fishburne, 1925-2002
40
8
Fisher-Gaertner, 1921-1989
40
9
Garber-Goldin, 1922-2001
40
10
Gonzales-Granville-Smith, 1922-1986
40
11
Graves-Guerin, 1950-2002
40
12
Gumpel-Heitland, 1925-1983
40
13
Heliker-Hirsch, 1925-1983
41
1
Hitch-Humphreys, 1930-2003
41
2
Ispen-Jones, 1924-2004
41
3
Kaep-Kent, 1929-2001
41
4
Kenyon-Koch, 1952-1987
41
5
Kourad-LaHotan, 1922-2003
41
6
Lascari-Lawson, 1927-1987
41
7
Lechay-Levi, 1962-1986
41
8
Levine-Madgziak, 1932-2001
41
9
Manship-Mason, 1951-1984
41
10
Matthews-Miller, 1924-2005
41
11
Miyasaki-Neck, 1926-2001
41
12
Nicholas-Nisbet, 1924-2001
42
1
Noble-Page, 1922-1967
42
2
Palmer-Peters, 1922-1987
42
3
Philipp-Poor, 1949-1987
42
4
Porter-Redick, 1924-2006
42
5
Reed-Ritschel, 1925-1981
42
6
Rivera-Rungius, 1924-1986
42
7
Russell-Schild, 1953-2002
42
8
Schlaikjer-Sgouras, 1929-2005
42
9
Shapiro-Shikler, 1951-2006
42
10
Shinn-Speicher, 1924-2008
42
11
Speight-Talbot, 1922-1989
42
12
Tarbell-Thomas, 1930-1971
42
13
Thon-Volk, 1921-1983
42
14
Wade-Weiland, 1922-1983
43
1
Weiss-Wiles, 1922-1972
43
2
Williams-Wong, 1924-1980
43
3
Woodbury-Zornes, 1932-1980
43
4
Exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, 1929-1930
43
5
List of Applications for Assignments of Ranger Fund Purchases, 1920s
43
6
List of Paintings Assigned, 1919-2007, 2007
43
7
Purchases, 1920s-1940s, 1960s-1970s
43
8-9
Requests, 1919-1929
43
10-13
Requests, 1930-1979
43
14-15
Requests, 1980-1999
43
16-17
Requests, 1990-1999, 2004
44
1
Smithsonian Institution, 1919-1995
44
2-4

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