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Terra, Daniel J., 1911-1996

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role Collector
dates 1911-1996
city Chicago
other citiesWashington, DC; Vernon, France;
sex M
historical notes Daniel Terra was an art collector, patron, and businessman, and founder Lawter Chemicals (Chicago, 1940). In 1978 he established the Terra Foundation for American Art. He was also the founder of two museums of American art, one in Giverny, France, and the other in Illinois.

He was appointed Ambassador–at–Large for Cultural Affairs- a position created specifically for him by President Reagan and one that he held from 1982 to 1988.

The Terra Foundation's collection of American art spans the colonial era through 1945 and includes more than seven hundred paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculptures.
The collection featured work by such artists as George Bellows, Mary Cassatt, John Singleton Copley, Stuart Davis, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, Maurice Prendergast, James McNeill Whistler, and Samuel F. B. Morse.
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The Museum of Modern Art
Library and Archives
Artist file: Terra, Daniel, d. 1996; miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Oral history interview with Raymond J. Horowitz, 2004 Oct. 20- Nov. 5.
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see also:
Terra, Adeline Richards