This collection of artist Ben Shahn was donated to the Ransom
Center by Kenneth W. and Emma-Stina Prescott. Art historian and scholar Kenneth
Prescott is the author of several works on the life and art of Ben Shahn.
Compiled by Prescott over a forty-year period, this collection contains a
wealth of documentation on the artist in the form of books, serials, exhibition
catalogs, illustrations by Shahn in numerous printed formats including record
albums, invoices and loan information, articles, photographs of Shahn and
works, and Prescott's research materials and correspondence.
The collection is arranged in two Series: Series I on Ben
Shahn's works, including information about Shahn and exhibitions of his works,
and Series II on Kenneth Prescott's research, writing and correspondence,
reflecting his organization of exhibitions and books about Shahn.
Numerous books, serials, and exhibition catalogs have been
transferred to the Ransom Center library.