Library News

Stephen Bury

Dear Friends,

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.

Stay safe,

Dr. Stephen Bury
Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian

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.
Bust of Helen Clay Frick

Frick Art Reference Library in 100 Objects

In 2022, the Library will celebrate its hundredth anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, we are planning a publication that focuses on 100 objects in our collections. Preview the objects in a special-edition magazine created by our summer 2019 interns.

Support for this project is provided by the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust.

A La Vieille Russie

On the Blog

In 2018, the Library received several hundred auction catalogs as part of a gift from antiques dealer A La Vieille Russie. Many of the catalogs featured immaculately designed objects by the workshop of Peter Carl Fabergé, the legendary jeweler.

On the blog, Mikhail Shklyarevsky, Acquisitions Assistant, explores the history of A La Vieille Russie and its fondness for Fabergé.

Exploring Open Access Resources

Exploring Open Access Resources

Did you miss our April 16 webinar on open access resources? Hosted by Ralph Baylor, Head of Interlibrary Loan, the informative program examined free resources available to researchers, including the Internet Archive and the Digital Public Library of America. A recording of the webinar can now be viewed online.

Dr. Lindsay Cook

Restoring Notre-Dame

Relive a fascinating lecture by Professor Lindsay Cook of Vassar College on the history and rebuilding of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame of Paris. Dr. Cook's program featured scans of the building made by her mentor Andrew Tallon, who used laser mapping of the cathedral to study the nature of the Gothic structure.

Upcoming Events

Papers in Progress
Wednesday, May 20
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Frick Digital Collections
Friday, May 29
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Open-Access Image Resources
Wednesday, June 3
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Exploring WorldCat
Wednesday, June 17
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The Library at a Glance

View a summary of our services, offerings, and our always-growing collections from July to December 2019.


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Stephen J. Bury, Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian, Frick Art Reference Library. Photo: Michael Bodycomb ▪ Malvina Cornell Hoffman (1887−1966), Bust of Helen Clay Frick, 1919. The Frick Collection, New York; gift of Lillian and Derek Ostergard in Honor of Margo Donahue dePeyster, 2016. Photo: George Koelle ▪ Screenshot from Exploring Open Access Resources webinar, April 2020 ▪ Lindsay Shepherd Cook, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Vassar College. Photo: Karl Rabe