The Archival Collection related to Charles E. Burchfield is an extensive archival collection which was donated by multiple persons and organizations over many years. The largest donations were made by the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation in 2000 and 2006, though many other individuals have contributed to this exceptional collection of primary source materials by Charles E. Burchfield.
The Charles E. Burchfield Foundation has been responsible for the paintings and primary source materials of
Charles E. Burchfield since before his death in 1967. Originally, the Foundation was primarily composed of Charles Burchfield’s family members. They oversaw the transfer of Burchfield’s estate from the Rehn Gallery to the Kennedy Gallery in the mid-1970’s, and later to DC Moore in the mid-2000’s. The C.E.B. Foundation loaned the journals of Charles E. Burchfield to the Burchfield Art Center in the late 1960’s, but it was not until 2000 that the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation donated the journals to the Burchfield Penney Art Center. In 2006, the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation donated 22,000 drawings, sketches, and notes to the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
Other significant contributors to the Charles E. Burchfield Archival Collection include Charles E. Burchfield, Mr & Mrs. Arthur Burchfield, the Rehn Gallery, Peter Vogt, David Richter, Edward Root and Harold Yates.