As libraries are now physically closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to draw attention to the digital materials the Library has been archiving or creating for the last ten years. We hope you will find them useful.
Arcade and NYARC Discovery—the catalogs of the Frick, Brooklyn Museum, and Museum of Modern Art libraries—provide access to digitized content such as the more than half a million images from our Photoarchive and unique books from our collections. They also connect people to current and archived versions of art-related websites, including those of art galleries, dealers, and auction houses. I encourage more of these institutions to grant us permission to archive their websites to preserve what has now become a threatened cultural heritage. Use Frick Digital Collections to access digital content in our book, archives, and image collections.
For those who want to actively engage, we are seeking volunteers for two ongoing projects that will allow our resources to be searchable and accessible to people with disabilities: Describe It! and our Archives Transcription Project.
I encourage you to discover lectures sponsored by the Library’s Center for the History of Collecting and Digital Art History Lab archived on our YouTube channel and to participate in upcoming virtual programs.
We look forward to the time when we can welcome you back to our Reading Room. Check our website for updated information.
Dr. Stephen Bury
P.S. Some good news—on Friday, April 3, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded the Library a $350,000 two-year grant to complete the digitization of our Photoarchive.
Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian