Shaping an Art Collection

starting and building an American art collection


(above: Abby Rockefeller, 1900, Photograph, George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


Please click on a Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) report below to take you to a topic of interest:

Sources for acquisition into, and removal of art objects from, a collection
Strategies for acquiring works of art
Collecting within a topic
Councils for museum members
"Scope of collection" policy
Sharing access to objects in a collection
Legal considerations
Further considerations before acquisition decisions
A few words about motives in collecting


Some information in these pages may be more useful to affluent individuals than those of modest means. Portions of this research report were developed to serve both individuals and art museums. Observations and suggestions are mostly directed to individuals acquiring original art. Some parts may not apply to collectors of prints and reproductions.

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