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
Bach, Florence Julia [Finding Aid]
Bigelow, Charles C.
Breverman, Harvey [Finding Aid]
Burchfield, Charles E. [Finding Aids]
Cuthbert, Virginia [Finding Aid]
Eggers, George William
Elliott, Philip Clarkson
Frampton, Hollis [Finding Aid]
Lindemann, Edna M.
Lankes, Julius John (J.J.)
Martin, Margaret M. [Finding Aid]
Mendola, Sharon [Finding Aid]
Nasca, Salvatore (Sal)
O'Callahan, Kevin B. [Finding Aid]
Olmstead, Harold Leroy
Penney, Charles Rand [Finding Aid]
Rumsey, Charles Cary
Rozmus, Michael J.
Slotkin, Alma Rosenquist
Schwartz, John Clemens
Visser't Hooft, Martha [Finding Aid]
Winebrenner, D. Kenneth
The Art Institute of Buffalo
Artpark Archive Collection [including donations from David Katzive and David Midland]
Block Club Magazine Collection
Birge Wallpaper Company
Buffalo Society of Artists
Burchfield Penney Art Center Institutional Archives
Essex Art Gallery
P22 Type Foundry
More Rubin/ Gallery Without Walls
Roycroft Publication Collection [Finding Aid]
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.