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Major Gifts


204 Prints by African-American artists of the 1930s-40s. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999

More than 300 prints, portfolios of prints, illustrated books, and paintings.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, bought with funds contributed during Dave Williams’s time as a trustee, 1993-2001.

100 20th Century American and Mexican Prints 

The British Museum, 1987-2004 

54 20th Century Mexican Prints

The British Museum, 2008 

7 20th Century Mexican Prints

The British Museum, from contributed funds, 2008 

200 20th Century American Prints

The Fitzwilliam Museum, contributed by artists, printers and dealers at the behest of Reba and Dave Williams, 1999. 




Activities Sponsored


The Print Research Foundation is sponsoring a catalogue raisonne of the prints published by Brooke Alexander and a related traveling exhibition.  Brooke Alexander has been active since the 1960s as a publisher of and dealer in prints; he has published or co-published more than 1,000 prints, most by American artists.  See Brooke Alexander Gallery website ( 

Brooke Alexander Project    
The research for this project is under the direction of David Acton at the Worcester Art Museum (  David Acton is Curator of Prints, Drawing and Photographs at Worcester, and the author of numerous exhibition catalogues and catalogue raisonnés, including The Stamp of Impulse:  Abstract Expressionist Prints and A Spectrum of Innovation:  Color in American Printmaking, 1890-1960.

The Print Research Foundation provided 19th Century prints from its collection for illustrations, and assisted with the photography for The New York Etching Club Minutes.


Stephen A. Fredericks, author, The New York Etching Club Minutes (Houston: Rice University Press, 2009.)

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Exhibitions Sponsored (Other than those drawn on the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams.)


Peter Halley: New Concepts in Printmaking 1

Museum of Modern Art, New York



Anselm Kiefer: Works on Paper,1969-1993

The Metropolitan Museum of Art



Because Reba and Dave Williams have long had a special interest in prints made by artists employed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Foundation provided grants to The Newark Museum of Art (, The Gibbes Museum of Art (Charleston, SC) ( and the Baltimore Museum of Art ( for the cataloguing of the WPA prints in the collections of those museums. Copies of these catalogues are available for study at each of the museums.



Murals Restored*


James Daugherty, School Activities, 1934 

Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Jean Charlot, Art Contributions to Civilizations of All Nations and Countries, 1936 

Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities, New York, NY

José Clemente Orozco, Science, Labor, and Art; Homecoming of the Worker of the New Day; Struggle in the Occident; and Table of Universal Brotherhood, 1930-31

The New School, New York, NY



*Reba and Dave Williams have a special interest in murals because many WPA printmaking artists also painted murals. Many of these same artists were influenced by the Mexican muralists, as described in the exhibition catalogue, The Mexican Muralists and Prints.



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