Dorne was president of the New York Society of Illustrators in 1947–48. In 1948 he conceived the idea of a correspondence school for art, and recruited eleven other well-known artists and illustrators affiliated with the Society of Illustrators, including Norman Rockwell to found the Famous Artists School. In 1961 he helped found the Famous Photographers School and the Famous Writers School, based on similar principles. All three schools were based in Westport Connecticut. In 1956, Dorne donated his pictorial resource file of over 500,000 items to the Westport Public Library. The collection is still in use today. In 1964, the University of Bridgeport Department of Art endowed the Albert Dorne Professorship in Drawing
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