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The Norman Rockwell Art Collection Trust

Featuring the original artwork of Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell Museum houses the most significant public collection of Norman Rockwell’s work in the world. The Museum’s holdings include original artwork, and the artist’s studio and its related collection, including personal memorabilia, supplies, and reference materials.

The Norman Rockwell Art Collection Trust
The Norman Rockwell Art Collection Trust forms the heart of the Museum’s collections. In 1973, Rockwell bequeathed his personal collection in trust to the Museum so that the works could be exhibited, preserved, and used for the “advancement of art appreciation and art education.” This 367-work collection includes such large-scale oil paintings as Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas, Triple Self-Portrait, The Four Freedoms, Girl at Mirror, and The Marriage License, and preliminary sketches and studies in pencil, charcoal, watercolor, and oil.

In 1976, Rockwell added his studio and its contents to the Trust collection. From this later bequest, the Studio Collection and the Norman Rockwell Archives were formed.

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Illustration Collections

Norman Rockwell Museum’s growing permanent collection of original illustration is both historical and contemporary, featuring more than 14,000 works by more than 250 artists. Significant collections, featured here, highlight the art of Norman Rockwell’s teachers and artistic inspirations, twentieth century magazine and periodical illustration, and work by contemporary creators.

Many important works have come to us through the generosity of caring donors who have designated the Museum as a home for their treasured collections. We are grateful to our many donors for their ongoing support of the Museum’s collecting mission, which places Norman Rockwell within the context of his vibrant and ever-changing profession, the field of illustration.

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Archives and Library

The Norman Rockwell Museum Archives (“the Archive”) are the largest and most comprehensive archival collection relating to the life and art of Norman Rockwell, and a repository for collections relating to the art of illustration, both historical and contemporary.  Housed at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA (“the Museum”), the Archive comprises the cornerstone collection of the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies (RCAVS).  The first of its kind in the nation, this research institute promotes contextual scholarship relating to American illustration, and supports the Museum’s mission to preserve and interpret this important aspect of American visual culture.  The Archive preserves and makes accessible collections relating to the life and art of legendary American illustrator, Norman Rockwell, as well as materials bringing to light the work of other noted illustrators, whose contributions reflect the evolution of this vibrant and ever-changing American art form.

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