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Samuel H. Kress Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

Giving through five main programs: 1) fellowships for pre-doctoral research in art history; 2) advanced training and research in conservation of works of art; 3) development of scholarly resources in the fields of art history and conservation; 4) conservation and restoration of monuments in Europe; and 5) occasional related projects.


Incorporated in 1929 in NY - Founded by Samuel H, Claude W. and Rush H. Kress. Samuel H. Kress was the founder of S.H. Kress & Co., a national variety-store chain. He was also one of the nation's outstanding art collectors and donated more than 2,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and other works of art to the National Gallery of Art, ninety-five institutions in cities across the United States, and college and university collections. In 1963, the trustees approved a program which in principle is designed to concentrate the activities of the foundation primarily, though not exclusively, in support of programs relating to fellowships in the field of art history, subvention of scholarly publications in this field, and support of programs designed to increase the national competence in conservation and restoration of works of art. In past years, the foundation had been interested principally in the fields of art, medicine, and general education.


Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Independent foundation



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174 E. 80th St. New York City, NY United States 10075-0439

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