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Acton, Harold, 1904-1994

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role Collector Scholar/Critic/Expert
dates 1904-1994
city Florence
other citiesPeking, China;
sex M
historical notes Sir Harold Mario Mitchell Acton was a British-American collector, historian and writer. He was the son of Arthur Acton (1873–1953) and the American heiress Hortense Mitchell (1871–1962).

Arthur Acton was an American architect and European agent for Stanford White (1853–1906) who purchased works of art for the homes of White’s clients.

The Acton Collection, Villa La Pietra, comprises more than 6,000 objects ranging in date from the Etruscan period to the 20th Century (a collection of etchings and drawings donated to Harold), as well as a library with first editions from the earlier 20th Century, letters, manuscripts, and photographs.
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New York University, Villa La Pietra
Acton Art Collection Archives
Acton Archive see details...
National Gallery of Art, Image Collection
2000B South Club Drive
Villa La Pietra see details...
Washington University Libraries
Special Collections & Archives
William Jay Smith Papers, 1924-1985 see details...
Yale University Library
Manuscripts and Archives
Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas papers, 1837-1961 see details...
University of Virginia Library
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Papers of Arthur Parsons Bean, 1948-1981, Accession # 10480-c see details...

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Acton, Arthur