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Milton McGreevy Papers

Identifier: MSS-007

Scope and Contents Note

The Milton McGreevy Papers, dated 1944 through 1977, consist primarily of correspondence, invoices, photographs, telegrams, art appraisals, and auction catalog entries. The materials relate entirely to McGreevy’s purchase of artwork that he donated to the Museum.


  • Creation: 1944-1977

Restrictions on Access

This collection is considered unprocessed and must be reviewed prior to access. Allow at least one week for this review.

Conditions Governing Use Note

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Biographical / Historical Notes

Milton McGreevy was born in Chicago on January 27, 1903. His family moved to Kansas City during his youth and he graduated from Westport High School. McGreevy received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and then earned a degree from its graduate school of business in 1926. Following this, he came back to Kansas City to work at his father’s brokerage - Strandberg, McGreevy, and Company. The firm was merged several times and finally became Smith, Barney, Harris, Upham, and Company, from which he retired in 1979. McGreevy also sat on the board of directors for many prominent local and Midwest industries and served as a trustee of several non-profit organizations. He was a member of the Museum’s Board of Trustees from 1949 to 1980. Before this, McGreevy was the president of the Friends of Art. During his tenure on the Board, he was instrumental in the creation of the Nelson Gallery Foundation. McGreevy also established several funds for the purchase of art and gave the Museum many old master drawings. Milton McGreevy died on July 1, 1980, at the age of seventy-seven.


1 Linear Feet (In 2 legal document boxes and 1 half document box.)

Language of Materials



The papers of Milton McGreevy are dated 1944 through 1977 and consist primarily of correspondence, invoices, photographs, telegrams, art appraisals, and auction catalog entries.


The original order of the collection was maintained and is partially arranged alphabetically by the last name of the artist, and partially chronologically by the date the work was given to the Museum.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Transfer; accession number associated with the collection is 1993-01.

Accruals Note

Additions to the collection are not anticipated.

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Repository Details

Part of the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Archives Repository

4525 Oak St.
Kansas City MO 64111 United States