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

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role Collector Patron
dates 1901-1990
city New York City
stateNY
other citiesChicago, IL; 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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1940-1950
1950-1960
1960-1970
1970-1980
1980-1990
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The Museum of Modern Art
Library and Archives
Archives pamphlet file: Paley, William S., 1901-1990: miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art
Library and Archives
Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum Oral History, 2000 see details...
The Museum of Modern Art
Library and Archives
Artist file: Paley, William S; miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art
Library and Archives
Richard S. Weinstein Oral history, 1994. see details...
Columbia University Libraries
Butler Library, 6th Fl. East,
Reminiscences of William S. Paley : oral history, 1960.
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The Museum of Modern Art
Library and Archives
MoMA History Interviews see details...

see also:
Paley, Babe Mortimer