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Rockefeller, Abby Aldrich

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dates 1874–1948
city New York
stateNY
other citiesProvidence, RI; Williamsburg, VA; Pocantico Hills, NY, Seal Harbor, ME;
gender F
historical notes Abby Aldrich Rockefeller was an art collector (Modern and Japanese art), patron, and one of three founders of the Museum of Modern Art.

Daughter of the Rhode Island senator, Nelson W. Aldrich, in 1901, she married to John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (1874-1960), son of the founder of Standard Oil Company, who was then a sophomore at Brown University.

Rockefeller gave her collection of modern art, including 1,600 prints, to the Museum of Modern Art. She left a collection of 700 bird-and-flower Japanese prints to the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, where here sister, Lucy Aldrich’s collection of Asian textiles is also housed.

Abby gave an additional 106 Japanese prints to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1946.
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1890-1900
1900-1910
1910-1920
1920-1930
1930-1940
1940-1950
websitehttp://archive.rockefeller.edu/bio/abby.php
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The Museum of Modern Art Archives pamphlet file: Rockefeller, Abby Aldrich, 1874-1948 : miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
Archives of American Art Leslie Cheek papers, (bulk 1940-1942). see details...
The Museum of Modern Art Archives pamphlet file: Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and print collecting : an early mission for MoMA . 1999- : miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
New York University Jay and Si Lan Chen Leyda papers, 1913-1987 (bulk 1930-1980) see details...
Rockefeller Archive Center Rockefeller Family Archives, 1819-1990, 1879-1961 (bulk). see details...
The Museum of Modern Art General administrative files, 1930-1939. see details...
Rockefeller Archive Center Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Personal Papers, 1858-1957. see details...
University of Nebraska, Lincoln John Corbin, Papers, 1894-1956. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Scrapbooks, 1919-1941. see details...
Archives of American Art Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974 (bulk dates 1926-1969). see details...
College of William and Mary Cole papers, 1786-1938. see details...
Archives of American Art Charles C. Adams papers, 1931-1948. see details...
University of Pennsylvania Letters, 1931-1940, to Lewis Mumford. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art Ione Ulrich Sutton Oral History, 1993 see details...
The Museum of Modern Art Oral history, Edward M M Warburg, 1991 see details...
Rockefeller Archive Center General files. 1890-1961. see details...
University of Pennsylvania Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1928-1946. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art Abby Aldrich Rockefeller albums, 1929-1941. see details...

see also:
Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1874-1960
Rockefeller, David, 1915-