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Paley, William S. (William Samuel), 1901-1990

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role Collector Patron
dates 1901–1990
city New York
stateNY
other citiesChicago; Manhasset, Long Island, NY; Holderness, NH;
gender M
historical notes William S. Paley was a collector, philanthropist, and Broadcaster, trustee of the Rockefeller family's Museum of Modern Art in the 1930s, and in 1962 he was tapped by then-chairman David Rockefeller to be its president.

In 1968 he joined a syndicate with Rockefeller and others to buy six Picassos for the Museum from the notable Gertrude Stein collection. He subsequently became chairman, stepping down from the Museum in 1985.

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1930-1940
1940-1950
1950-1960
1960-1970
1970-1980
1980-1990
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The Museum of Modern Art Archives pamphlet file: Paley, William S., 1901-1990: miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum Oral History, 2000 see details...
The Museum of Modern Art Artist file: Paley, William S; miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art Richard S. Weinstein Oral history, 1994. see details...
Columbia University Libraries Reminiscences of William S. Paley : oral history, 1960.
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The Museum of Modern Art MoMA History Interviews see details...

see also:
Paley, Babe Mortimer