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Archives of American Art

Smithsonian Institution

The Archives of American Art was founded in Detroit in 1954 by Edgar P. Richardson, then Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Lawrence A. Fleischman, a Detroit businessman and active young collector. More than 50 years, 16 million items, 5,000 collections, and 2,000 oral histories later, the Archives is the world’s largest and most widely used resource on the history of art in America.

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