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    Welcoming researchers

    The Burchfield Penney archives are accessible to researchers through the Edna M. Lindemann Study Center. 

    The Edna M. Lindemann Study Center at the Burchfield Penney is named in honor of the contributions of the museum's founding director, Dr. Edna M. Lindemann. With the support of Buffalo State and the Western New York community, Dr. Edna M. Lindemann was instrumental in creating the Charles E. Burchfield Center at Buffalo State. A personal friend of watercolor artist Charles Burchfield and his family, she served as the museum’s founding director and curator from its opening in 1966 until her retirement in 1985.

    Lindemann began her career at Buffalo State as an assistant professor of art education in 1954. She became an assistant professor of design, director of cultural affairs, and assistant to the director for planning and development. During the 1960s, she helped to design interior and exterior college spaces, preserved architectural fragments and artifacts from landmark Buffalo buildings and was instrumental in developing the Maud Gordon Holmes Arboretum at Buffalo State.

    Later, as assistant professor of design, she taught exhibition techniques classes. Lindemann earned a Bachelor of Science degree in art education, with distinction, from the University of Buffalo in 1936, while also receiving a diploma from the Albright Art School. She earned a Master of Arts degree in art, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University in 1939. She studied from 1940 to 1942 at Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she trained in architectural design under Eliel Saarinen and earned a doctorate in education from Columbia University’s Teachers’ College in 1956.

    Upon her retirement Edna Lindemann was awarded the distinction of director emerita and remained active on the Burchfield Penney Art Center Council until her passing on September 15, 2006.

    For more information on the history of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, visit The Museum History.

    The Burchfield Penney Art Center holds the archives of the following artists and arts organizations. Most collections listed below have inventories. If a finding aid exists for the collection, the link is included below. 

    Collections in the Burchfield Penney Archives

    View Archival Collections through SUNY Buffalo State's AllSearch

    Individual Artists:

    Bannon, Anthony
    Bach, Florence Julia      [Finding Aid]
    Bice, John
    Bigelow, Charles C.
    Bisone, Edward
    Blair, Jeanette
    Blair, Robert
    Breverman, Harvey      [Finding Aid]
    Burchfield, Charles E.     [Finding Aids]
    Clough, Charles 
    Cohen, Adele
    Cohen, Harold
    Cuthbert, Virginia      [Finding Aid]
    Doherty, Norma
    Eggers, George William
    Elliott, Philip Clarkson
    Ehrich, William
    Flock, Robert
    Frampton, Hollis     [Finding Aid]
    Jennings, Rix
    Lindemann, Edna M.
    Garretson, John
    Krims, Les
    Lankes, Julius John (J.J.)
    Litz, James
    Longo, Robert
    Morris, William
    Martin, Margaret M.      [Finding Aid]
    Mendola, Sharon      [Finding Aid]
    Nasca, Salvatore (Sal) 
    Nisita, Carlo
    O'Callahan, Kevin B.     [Finding Aid]
    Olmstead, Harold Leroy
    Penney, Charles Rand     [Finding Aid]
    Pleskow, Lisa
    Prochownik, Sarah
    Rogovin, Milton
    Rumsey, Charles Cary
    Rozmus, Michael J.
    Sharits, Paul
    Schmidt, Jamie
    Sellstedt, Lars
    Slotkin, Alma Rosenquist
    Schwartz, John Clemens
    Slammon, Robert 
    Topolski, Andrew
    Visser't Hooft, Martha     [Finding Aid]
    Vullo, James
    Winebrenner, D. Kenneth

    Arts Organizations:

    The Art Institute of Buffalo
    Artpark Archival Collections: Donations by Artpark, David Katzive and David Midland. [Finding Aid
    Block Club Magazine Collection
    Birge Wallpaper Company
    Buffalo Society of Artists
    Burchfield Penney Art Center Institutional Archives
    Essex Art Gallery
    Metcalf Collection
    P22 Type Foundry
    Patteran Society
    More Rubin/ Gallery Without Walls
    Roycroft Publication Collection [Finding Aid]

    Subject files:

    Over 7,000 artist files on WNY artists
    Subject files on WNY arts organizations
    Slide collection of early 20th century Photopictorialist artists
    WNY architectural history files

    Archives Access Policy

    The Archives at the Burchfield Penney Art Center contains significant (and in some cases, the most comprehensive) records on the arts and artists of Western New York. Public access is during weekday hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment only. Please email Tullis Johnson or Heather Gring to schedule an appointment.

     Library Access Policy

    The Burchfield Penney Art Center's library focuses on publications about Western New York, or made by people with a connection to the region. The library collection is not a lending library, but appointments to view the library collection can be made by contacting Heather Gring.