A Sampling of Significant Collections of Historic Representational American Art

derived from articles and essays published in Resource Library through 3/12/12

This catalogue includes collections assembled by individuals, commercial enterprises and other entities. It.excludes museums' general collections.


(above: Frederick Carl Frieseke  (1874-1939), Spring Blossoms, c. 1921, oil on canvas, 25 ? by 32 ? inches, Sothebys. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


Eugene B. Adkins Collection 

Amarillo High School Art Collection

Amistad Collection

Anderson Collection

Andreas, Hill, & Loo Collections

Philip F. Anschutz Collection of Western Art

Archdiocese of Santa Fe Art Collection


The Charles M. Bair Family Collection

Bank of America Collection

The Barrett Collection of Early Texas Art

John and Dolores Beck Collection

Becker Collection

John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation

Bayou Bend Collection

Steven Block Collection

Charles Bregler Collection

Charles and Fleur Bresler Collection

Faith and Stephen Brown Collection

William P. Brumfield Collection


Nancy & Alan Cameros Collection

Robert and Helen Cargo Collection

Chihuly Collection of Native American Trade Blankets

Thomas Clark Collection

Wes and Missy Cochran Collection

Philip Gillette Cole Collection

Commerce Bank Collection


Napi Van Dereck Collection

David C. Driskell Collection


Ebsworth Collection

John P. Eckblad Collection

A.G. Edwards/Wachovia Securities Collection

Emmons Collection

Walter O. Evans Collection


Clark Field Collection

John and Teenuh Foster

Foxley Collection

Friends of Photography Collection

Henry Melville Fuller Collection


Gladstone Collection

Lynn Barstis Williams and Stephen J. Goldfarb Collection

Grey Collection

Grice Collection of Native American Art

Gross Family Collection

Edward J. Guarino Collection

Robert L. and Ellen E. Haan Collection


Hallmark Collection

Hartford Steam Boiler Collection

Hays Collection

Hechinger Collection

Manfred Heiting Collection

Grant Hill Collection

John A. and Margaret Hill Collection

Kit Hinrichs Collection

Historic Cincinnati Collection

Fred T. and Novadean Hogan Collection

Eva Underhill Holbrook Collection

John and Susan Horseman Collection

Horst Collection

Huber Family Collection

Huffman Collection

Anna Hyatt Huntington Collection


Sir Elton John Collection


Kamm Collection

Louis and Annette Kaufman Collection

Kelly Collection

Francis King Collection


Mark Lansburgh Collection

Jay T. Last Collection

Lilly Endowment Collection

Gill and Tommy LiPuma Collection

Janis and Dennis Lyon Collection


Manoogian Collection

Henry and Sharon Martin Collection

Jane and Arthur Mason Collection

McGlothlin Collection

Josephine Young McKenna Collection

Dr. Timothy McLaughlin Collection

Meredith Collection

Barbara and Peter Moore Fluxus Collection


Nashville Collections

Richard E. and Dorothy Rawlings Nelson Collection of American Indian Art

Nevada Bell Collection

Newport Collection

Julia J. Norrell Collection


Ralph E. Olson Collection

William and Ann Oppenhimer Collection


Arthur J. Phelan Collection

Pratt Collection

Stephen W. and Mary M. Pruitt Collection


C. William and Eleanor Reiquam Collection

Frederic G. and Ginger K. Renner

Sid Richardson Collection

Judy Roche Collection

Royal & SunAlliance Collection

Rubin Collection

James Rutkowski Collection


Prentice and Paul Sack Collection

Norman L. Sandfield Collection

Steve Schmidt Collection

Jordan D. Schnitzer Collection

Schoen Collection

Seavest Collection

Sellars Collection

Shumate Collection

Gerald and Hope Solomons Collection

Barbara Belgrade Spargo Collection

Spiro Family Collection

Jean and Robert Steele Collection

Sterling Vineyards Print Portfolio

Diane and Sam Stewart Art Collection

James A. Suydam Collection


Terra Foundation for the Arts Collection

Texas Collections

Seymour R. Thaler and Mildred Thaler Cohen Collection

Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art

Paul LeBaron Thiebaud Collection

Ted Turner Collection

Two Red Roses Foundation Collection


Richard Weisman Collection

Charles and Jeanette Gilchrist White Southwestern Art Collection

James F. White Collection

Whitecloud Collection of Native American Art

Dr. Francis R. Whitehouse Collection

Lynn Barstis Williams and Stephen J. Goldfarb Collection

Reba and Dave Williams Collection

Wendy Willrich Collection

John Wilmerding Collection

Wishard Art Collection

Wunsch Collection



See our topic Art Collections Exhibits, plus Shaping an Art Collection and Private Collections: Patterns and Aesthetics; essay by Franklin Hill Perrell (8/11/05)

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