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Perry Townsend Rathbone papers, 1929-1985

Rathbone, Perry Townsend, 1911-2000

Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 4.3 Linear feet, 5 boxes, 1 OV

Summary: The papers of museum director Perry Townsend Rathbone measure 4.3 linear feet and date from 1929 to 1985. The papers document Rathbone's career as museum director of the City Art Museum of St. Louis and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and his later work with Christie's New York office. Found within the papers are biographical materials, correspondence with friends and colleagues, writings, professional and project files, printed materials, and photographs, mostly of exhibitions.

Biographical/Historical Note

Perry Townsend Rathbone (1911-2000) was a prominent museum director who worked primarily in Boston and New York City. He was an early supporter of German Expressionism in America.


Perry Townsend Rathbone donated his paper to the Archives of American Art in 1977 and 1988.

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Language Note

The bulk of the collection is in English. Other languages include Arabic, Danish, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish, most of which are in the travel records.


Processing of this collection was funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.