An avid western art collector, Alan Keith Brodkin (1935-1998) was chairman and chief executive of Massachusetts Financial Services Management when he died in February 1998. An endowment was created in his honor by his wife Judith A. Brodkin, Jeffrey L. Shames, John Davenport, and the A. Keith Brodkin Estate.
The Brodkin Project facilitates the collection, preservation, and accessibility of primary resources that reflect an artist’s life and career. These include personal papers, drawings, paintings, studio ephemera, photographs, and libraries. In addition, the Dickinson Research Center also acquires oral histories and interviews. Together the resources document and preserve the artist’s career for future exhibitions, publications, and educational opportunities.
Rodeo is an important aspect of the American West. Through recorded interviews, the Rodeo Historical Society Oral History Project collects biographies and stories from former and current participants. The interviews are available to authors, historians, and others.