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Rockwell Kent in Special Collections at SUNY Plattsburgh

shipwreck2.jpgRockwell Kent (1882-1971)

"Rockwell Kent [1882-1971] was one of those who truly lived more lives than one. Into his long life he crammed more careers than any ordinary man would seriously contemplate.  Painter, muralist, illustrator, printmaker, book designer, graphic artist, architect and builder, writer and editor, speaker and lecturer, navigator and restless traveler, political and social activist -- he was all these and much more." --A Kent Biography, Fridolf Johnson

This image of Kent's painting, And Women Must Weep, also known as Shipwreck, Coast of Ireland, (1927-1928) can be viewed in the Kent Gallery at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Library Resources

In 1974, Sally Kent Gorton presented Plattsburgh State with a representative collection of  Rockwell Kent's works that became the foundation for the College's Rockwell Kent Collection.

The Kent Collection in Special Collections

Kent manuscripts, imprints and other ephemera are housed in Special Collections in Feinberg Library. In addition, Special Collections contains New York and local history materials, the college archives, thesis collection, and rare books.

Kent3.jpgThe Kent Gallery

SUNY Plattsburgh's Rockwell Kent Gallery showcases Kent's paintings, prints, illustrations and other artwork. The gallery has the most complete and balanced collection of Kent's work found in America. It is part of the Plattsburgh State Art Museum which has changing exhibitions throughout the year.

Shelf List

A shelf list of Kent materials, entitled The Rockwell Kent Collection: Calendar of Imprints and Ephemera, is available for use in Special Collections.  Most of the materials cited in the bibliography were derived from the first three series of the calendar and the library's online card catalog.


  • Books Written By Kent
  • Books Written About Kent
  • Books Illustrated By Kent


  • Articles Written By Kent
  • Articles Written About Kent
  • Periodicals Illustrated By Kent
  • Newspaper Articles About Kent


Listing includes film clips and feature-length documentaries.


The Kent Collector. Plattsburgh, NY: Plattsburgh State University of New York, 1974/5-Present.
A tri-annual journal dedicated to the life and work of Rockwell Kent and American art and artists of the first half of the 20th century.

Additional Kent Resources in Special Collections

  • Manuscripts
  • Rockwell Kent Symposium 2000 Galleries
  • Other Online Articles

Contact Information

For more information about Special Collections at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Debra Kimok, Special Collections Librarian
E-mail: [email protected] 
Tel. (518) 564-5206