Arthur W. Colen correspondence with Albert C. Barnes

Collection ID:
Colen, Arthur W.
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet
(30 items)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, newsclippings, and miscellaneous items pertaining to the personal and business relationship between Arthur Colen and Albert Barnes. The collection documents the onset of their relationship, first as dog aficionados, followed by a business arrangement granting Colen permission to photograph works in the Barnes Collection. Later correspondence reveals the conflict over the reproductions which led to a legal battle between the two men.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Colen was a photographer, also a sculptor, architect and interior decorator, Philadelphia; Barnes a businessman and art collector.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1994 by Michael Zakian, who received the letters from Roy and Paul Colen, Colen's sons and executors of his estate.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
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Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Photographers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Barnes, Albert C. (Albert Coombs), 1872-1951 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pinto, Salvatore, 1905- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Barnes Foundation Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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