Allen Memorial Art Museum.

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The Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College was dedicated on June 12, 1917. The building, designed by architect Cass Gilbert, was the gift of Dudley Peter and Elizabeth Severance Allen. This facility serves as exhibition space and storage facilities for the College's three major art bequests (Charles Olney, Charles Martin Hall, and Charles L. Freer). Incorporated in the Allen Memorial Art Museum is studio space, a library, and classrooms. In 1937 money was pledged for a new wing for the museum, which houses additional studios, classrooms and administrative offices. In 1938 Curator Hazel Barker King began the volunteer society, Oberlin Friends of Art. Revenue from member dues was used to purchase works of art. Two major donations (R.T. Miller, Jr. and Elizabeth Severance Allen Prentiss) allowed the Museum to develop an acquisition policy in the 1940s. During the period from 1940 to the mid-1970s the Allen Art Museum emerged as one of the country's finest college art museums. In 1977, a new wing, designed by Robert Venturi was added to the Museum.

From the description of Records, 1899-1992. (Oberlin College Library). WorldCat record id: 26533452

Campus art gallery of Oberlin College.

From the description of Allen Memorial Art Museum records, 1916-1967. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122502614

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Allen Memorial Art Museum. Allen Memorial Art Museum records, 1916-1967. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Papers of John Coolidge and Agnes Mongan, 1909-2006 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Papers of Daniel Robbins and Seymour Slive, (inclusive), (bulk), 1959-2003, 1971-1982 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Ekstrom Collection: Diaghilev and Stravinsky Foundation, 1902-1984 V&A Museum: Department of Theatre and Performance
referencedIn Olney, Charles Fayette, 1831-1903. Charles Fayette Olney Papers 1894-1904. Oberlin College Library
referencedIn Allen Memorial Art Museum : PAD/D pamphlet file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Allen Memorial Art Museum. Records, 1899-1992. Oberlin College Library
referencedIn Ward, Clarence, 1884-1973. Clarence Ward Papers 1917-1969 Oberlin College Library
creatorOf Allen Memorial Art Museum. Institutional file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
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associatedWith Allen, Dudley Peter person
correspondedWith Coolidge, John, 1913-1995 person
associatedWith Cornell, Joseph. person
associatedWith Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993. person
associatedWith Ekstrom, Parmenia Migel., 1908-1989 person
associatedWith Johnson, Ellen H. person
associatedWith King, Hazel Barker person
associatedWith Morris, Robert, 1931- person
associatedWith Oberlin Friends of Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Oldenburg, Claes, 1929- person
associatedWith Olney, Charles Fayette, 1831-1903. person
associatedWith Parkhurst, Charles Percy person
correspondedWith Robbins, Daniel person
associatedWith Spear, Richard E., 1940- person
associatedWith Ward, Clarence, 1884- person
associatedWith Ward, Clarence, 1884-1973. person
associatedWith Wiley, William T., 1937- person
associatedWith Young, Chloe Hamilton person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Art--Private collections--Exhibitions
College art museums
Art patronage

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Active 1899

Active 1992





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