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Michener, James A. (James Albert), 1907-1997

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role Collector Patron
dates 1907-1997
city Austin
other citiesNew York, NY; Doylestown, PA; Newtown, PA; Greeley, CO; Cambridge, MA; McCloud River, CA;
sex M
historical notes James Albert Michener was an art collector, patron, philanthropist, and Pulitzer Prize winning author.

Michener was married three times. He married his first wife, Patti Koon, in 1935, it ended in divorce in 1948. His second wife was Vange Nord (married in 1948). Michener met his third wife Mari Yoriko Sabusawa at a luncheon in Chicago and they were married in 1955 (the same year as his divorce from Nord).

Michener and his wife Marie assembled a collection of 20th-century American , now housed at the University of Texas, Austin. The collection included, among others, work by Thomas Hart Benton, Hans Hoffman, Marsden Hartley and Brice Marden. The Michener’s Japanese print collection is now housed at the Honolulu Academy of Arts (approximately 6,000 prints).

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Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Papers of James A. Michener, 1906-1992 (bulk 1945-1992). see details...
University of Pennsylvania
Rare Book & Manuscript Library Collections
Correspondence with the University of Pennsylvania, 1926-1950. see details...
University of Pennsylvania
Rare Book & Manuscript Library Collections
Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1953-1962. see details...
University of Texas, Austin
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Eliot Elisofon Papers, 1930-1988 (bulk, 1942-1973) see details...
University of Northern Colorado
James A. Michener Library, Special Collections
James A. Michener Collection see details...
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives
Solomon R Guggenheim Museum
Reel to Reel collection, 1952-1990 (bulk 1961-1990) see details...

see also:
Michener, Mari