Small Victories: One Couple's Surprising Adventures Collecting American Prints

About the Author

Born in Texas, Dave Williams is a graduate of the University of Texas and the Harvard Business School. For 40 years he worked in investment management, the last 20 as CEO of Alliance Capital Management. Since his marriage to the scholar and art historian Reba White in 1975, the couple has assembled what is considered the largest and finest private collection of American prints, published 17 exhibition catalogs, and donated the majority of their collection to leading museums both in the United States and abroad.

Small Victories: One Couple's Surprising Adventures Collecting American Prints

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Dave H. Williams

An illustrated journey through American prints, illuminated by the victories, defeats, and discoveries of two intrepid collectors.


For more than four decades, Dave Williams and his wife, Reba White, formed what is certainly the most comprehensive and adventurous treasury of American prints ever assembled by private collectors. What stands out about their collection of 6,000 prints is not the expected holdings of iconic images by artists known to anyone even remotely familiar with the field, but their sustained effort to break new ground, to include artists and entire schools of art that have been unknown to—or routinely ignored by—both academics and fellow collectors. Here, in force, are the regionalists who worked on the shores of Cape Cod and northern California, in Dallas and Charleston, SC, as well as the members of the Ashcan school of New York, Hayter's Atelier 17, and countless other small ateliers and workshops well off the beaten paths and often unknown and unseen. By structuring the book primarily as a memoir, the Williamses' collection is presented as an adventure, a unique look into this populist corner of the duplicated image, its reflection of and impact on popular culture, and into the nature of collecting in general.

  • Hardcover
  • 5.9 x 8.3 inches
  • 400 pages
  • Published: 2015

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