The Everest Collection consists of fifteen Asian artworks from the 19th and 20th centuries including ceramics, paintings, prints, and works specifically by Hiroshige, Insho Domoto among others, donated by the Everest Estate in 2002.
Robert D. Everest was born in 1916 and grew up in Gloversville, New York. He attended Union College (Class of 1937), where he was President of his senior class and of the Student Council. Additionally, Everest won the Bailey Cup in 1937.
Everest was a manager for Standard Oil in the Philippines when World War II began and was interned in the Santo Thomas Prison Camp in Manila by the Japanese for three years. After the war, Everest returned to Asia, working in the Philippines, Cebu, Iloilo, Thailand, Japan, and Malaysia for most of his career. He retired in 1962.
During his many years in Asia, Robert Everest collected antiques, contemporary art, and ceramics. In addition, a number of pieces from the Everest Collection are permanently gathered in a dedicated room on the Union College campus called the Everest Lounge.