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In 2004, the Georgia OKeeffe Museum Research Center acquired an extensive archival collection from Professor William Innes Homer, one of Americas most important and well-known scholars of American art. Homer received his doctoral degree in art history from Harvard in 1961, and after teaching at Princeton and Cornell, joined the faculty at the University of Delaware, where he played a major role in developing one of Americas most distinguished art history programs. While at Delaware, he was chair of the art history department from 1966-93 and was named the H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Art History in 1984. Before retiring in 2000, Homer was the curator of many exhibitions, such as Avant-Garde Painting and Sculpture in America, 1910–25 (1975); The Symbolism of Light: The Photographs of Clarence H. White (1977); and The Photo-Secession: The Golden Age of Pictorial Photography in America (1983–84). He also wrote numerous books and exhibition catalogues, such as Robert Henri and His Circle (1969); Alfred Stieglitz and the American Avant-Garde (1977); Alfred Stieglitz and the Photo-Secession (1983); Albert Pinkham Ryder: Painter of Dreams (with Lloyd Goodrich, 1989); Thomas Eakins: His Life and Art (1992); and The Language of Contemporary Criticism Clarified (1999). The research for these and many other projects Homer carried out during his eminent career—as well as numerous photographs, rare exhibition brochures, correspondence, and other documents—are available for other scholars to consult at the Research Center. 

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