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Kenneth W. and Emma-Stina Prescott:

A Preliminary Inventory of Their Collection of Ben Shahn at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Creator: Prescott, Kenneth W. and Emma-Stina
Title: Kenneth W. Prescott and Emma-Stina Prescott Collection of Ben Shahn 1944-1998
Dates: 1944-1998
Extent: 7 document boxes, 2 card boxes, 1 oversize box (4.79 linear feet)
Abstract: Books, serials, and exhibitition catalogs, as well as art historian and scholar Kenneth Prescott's resesarch materials and correspondence, document the works of artist Ben Shahn. Also included in the collection are illustrations by Shahn and photographs of Shahn and his works.
Access: Open for research

Acquisition: Gift, 1997 (G11021)
Processed by: Jan Root and Liz Murray, 1999

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin

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 his 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.