The papers and paintings of West Michigan painter, Mathias J. Alten (1871-1938) represent one of the most important collections in the holdings of both the University Library's Special Collections and the University Art Gallery. Alten, a German native who came to Grand Rapids as a youth, is a celebrated American regionalist often referred to as the Dean of Michigan Painters. The photographs and papers document his family life and career and support the collection of Alten paintings owned by the University.
Mathias J. Alten Catalogue Raisonne by James A. Straub is an external website for the Mathias J. Alten Catalogue Raisonne of over 1,700 known authentic oil paintings and watercolors produced by Alten during a career that spanned nearly four decades.
Mathias J. Alten papers [PDF] A listing of the contents of the Mathias J. Alten Papers in the Grand Valley Special Collections.