Collections and Archives

Clear shelves stacked high, with artifacts.

Photo: Nando Alvarez-Perez

UB Art Galleries’ collection spans over 4,400 objects from paintings to sculpture to works on paper, and includes archives from the Martha Jackson and David Anderson Galleries.

As part of our mission to advance art as inquiry, we offer access to our collection to students and faculty at UB as well as scholars all over the world for study and research. 

We welcome collaborative hands-on learning projects for classes. Please email Nicholas Ostness, for more information.

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David Anderson Collection

Comprised of over 1,400 works of post-war art from the private collections of David Anderson and Martha Jackson, the David K. Anderson Collection was gifted to UB.

The collection includes important works by artists of the Abstract Expressionist movement, such as Joan Mitchell, Norman Bluhm, Sam Francis, Karel Appel, Michael Goldberg, Antoni Tàpies, and Paul Jenkins, and a world-class collection of works on paper.

Cravens Collection

The Cravens Collection is comprised of archaeological, ethnographic, and art objects from all over the world, some of which date as far back as 4,500 BCE.

Donated to the UB College of Arts and Sciences in 2010 by Annette Cravens (1923–2017), MSW ’68, this collection of over 1,100 objects can be viewed and researched in a visible storage system at UB Anderson Gallery.


Martha Jackson Archive

The Martha Jackson Archive is a massive holding of the correspondence, sales records, exhibition documentation, library, films, and promotional materials produced by Martha Jackson Gallery. 

Martha Jackson with Chuckie, a parrot, on her arm.

The archives are accessible with assistance from gallery staff. For more information or to schedule a research appointment, please contact:

Nick Ostness
(716) 829-3884

In addition to the archive, we are also the home of the Martha Jackson Oral History Project, an ongoing effort to contextualize Jackson and her impact on modern art movements. A series of in-depth interviews with Martha Jackson Gallery artists, employees, and colleagues, as well as Jackson’s family and friends, paint a portrait of this influential individual and the ways in which she promoted the cause of modern art in this country.