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About this collection

The Alan and Janet Wurtzburger Papers contain the correspondence and art collection related papers of Baltimore art collectors Alan and Janet Wurtzburger. The Wurtzburgers lived in Stevenson, Maryland on a large estate called Timberlane. The gardens of Timberlane were home to a large collection of contemporary sculpture prior to its turnover to the BMA for the Wurtzburger Sculpture Garden.

The material in the Wurtzburger Papers relates mostly to the details of purchase of sculptures, their shipping to the U.S., and exhibitions in various museums. The collection contains, almost exclusively, material related to the Wurtzburgers' acquisition and loan of works from their collection of modern sculpture. After collecting and donating their collections of African, Pre-Columbian, and Oceanic art to the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Wurtzburgers began working with Director Adelyn Breeskin and Curator Gertrude Rosenthal to build a collection of contemporary sculpture suitable for a garden that would also eventually go to the museum.

 
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