Recent Publications | July 19, 2016

Pamplin International Collection of Art and History Releases 2015 Exhibit Catalog

Portland, Ore. (July 2016) - Leading historical preservationist Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. has released a new catalog showcasing highlights from his diverse and historically significant collection, the Pamplin International Collection of Art and History, and now offers a full, online viewing experience and Guided Visit at The 2015 exhibit catalog was compiled to showcase the strength of the more than 100,000 piece collection and its importance as a record of global human achievement spanning the past five millennia. Acquisitions from ancient Chinese to American Indian to contemporary American art make the collection one of the world’s largest gatherings of art and history in private hands.

New Catalog Showcases “The Strength of the Collection”

The 2015 exhibit of the Pamplin International Collection of Art and History delves into “The Strength of the Collection,” featuring objects that demonstrate the wide range of the Pamplin Collection. The Pamplin Collection features works in a variety of categories, including the Wild West, George Washington, Civil War, military history, fine art, European art, Illustrations, Native American, Chinese art, and furniture and decorative arts.  

“The new catalog features a number of truly remarkable pieces, showcasing some of the most significant works of art exhibited in 2015,” said Chet Orloff, manager of the Pamplin Collection. “And what’s more, Dr. Pamplin has made it all publicly accessible through the collection’s website, promoting education and a love of history and art without barriers.” 

Noteworthy pieces in the 2015 exhibit include the Han Dynasty model of a celestial horse, which - produced from 206 BCE to 220 CE - has much of the original pigments still in evidence. Also, John Henry Twachtman’s “Dans la Forêt” painting joins Pamplin’s American Fine Art collection, with many of his other works held in collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and several other public and private collections. In Pamplin’s Wild West collection, objects have been added that are associated with the notorious Dalton Gang, who robbed the Coffeyville, Kansas, banks in 1892, including the newspaper announcing the 1937 death of Emmett Dalton, the last of the famed Dalton brothers, and a photograph of Emmett Dalton, lying wounded, following the bank raids.

For more than 40 years, Dr. Pamplin and his wife Marilyn have been dedicated to collecting antiquities and works of art that illuminate distinct periods in history, diverse cultures and iconic individuals. Parts of Pamplin’s collection have been exhibited in museums around the country, and more can be experienced online at

About Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. has earned eight degrees - including two doctorates - in business, economics, accounting, education and theology. He has been honored nationally as a businessman, philanthropist, ordained minister, educator, historical preservationist, and author of 24 books and comic books, including two book-of-the-month club selections. Pamplin’s business interests include media (the Portland Tribune and 25 community newspapers), textiles, construction and agriculture. He has been awarded many honorary degrees and featured in national magazines, in newspapers and on television. He has served on presidential and state commissions, and he has been chairman of the board of trustees of three colleges. Pamplin is widely recognized as America’s leading historical preservationist and foremost diversified entrepreneur. For more information, visit For more information about Dr. Pamplin’s preservation efforts, visit