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Webb, Electra Havemeyer (1888–1960). Collector and museum founder 

The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists

Ann Lee Morgan

The daughter of Louisine and Henry O. *Havemeyer, in 1947 Electra Webb founded Vermont’s Shelburne Museum, which opened to the public five years later. A leading repository of American material culture, the eclectic assemblage reflects her passion for American crafts, vernacular art, and architecture. Born in Babylon, New York, on Long Island, before she turned twenty she was collecting Americana, exercising an independent taste that her parents did not understand. After her marriage in ... ...

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