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Charles Rand Penney Art Library

Historical Background

The Charles Rand Penney Art Library, comprised of approximately 3,814 titles on art and art-related books was officially opened to patrons on May 10, 2000. In March 2000, Charles Rand Penney, a noted art collector and patron of the arts, donated his collection to Buffalo State College where it will support the college's art programs and provides an added benefit for those interested in researching 20th century art. The collection is housed in E. H. Butler Library.

Dr. Penney (1923 2010) was a lawyer, civic worker, philanthropist, explorer and nationally known-art collector. In 1995 he was awarded a Doctorate of Fine Arts from the State University of New York, highlighting not only his fine collections, but also his continuing interest, support and erudition regarding local and global arts and art issues. Dr. Penney's donations of works by watercolorist Charles Burchfield to the Burchfield-Penney Art Center merged with the center's collection of Burchfield paintings has made this center one of the preeminent resources for admirers of this important 20th century artist.

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Archives houses various college publications, scrapbooks, memorabilia and statistics from 1860 on, as well as college annual reports, budgets, and salary information.

Our special collections include scores of unique collections of local history, regional interest, and national significance.

Many of these collections are in BUTL 218 (map). To use these materials, please review our policies, and schedule an appointment using the contact information below.


Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Archivist: Daniel DiLandro
Telephone: 716-878-6308
Fax: 716-878-3134

Staff Assistant: Margaret Hatfield
Telephone: 716-878-6304
Fax: 716-878-3134

Fronczak Room Curator: Wanda Slawinska
Telephone: 716-878-6208
Fax: 716-878-3134

This page was last updated on August 16, 2010.