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Stephen J. Bury is the Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian, Frick Art Reference Library, and the author of this blog.

book cover of Antico, depicting bronze of nude woman seated with drapery at her lap

Denise Allen Wins AAMC Award

Frick Curator Denise Allen, along with fellow curators, won the 2011 award for Outstanding Small Exhibition (based on square footage: no more than 2,000 square feet) for Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance BronzesThe exhibition was curated ...

catalogue cover of Fragonard's Progress of Love at the Frick Collection, depicting women crowning man in flower wreath in garden

Colin B. Bailey Wins AAMC Award

Fragonard’s Progress of Love at The Frick Collection, written by Colin B.

screenshot of the Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities site, with feature article about Records Division at the Frick

News from the Photoarchive

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) published a feature article on the Photoarchive by Amy Lifson, "All the Art: The Records Division at the Frick" in the March/April 2012 issue of Humanities: The Magazine of the National...
screenshot of the Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities site, with feature article about the Frick Library digitizing records

Is There a Portrait in Your Past?

The NEH Division of Preservation and Access has published an online article about our two consecutive NEH projects to digitize the Frick Library negatives on its new website. Written by Mary Downs, Senior Program Officer, it is titled  "Is there a Portrait in Your Past?

photo of pastel drawing of portrait of 18th century women in profile

NEH Grants for Photoarchive

The Frick Collection received two NEH grants totaling $648,900 to digitize and make accessible thirty thousand endangered negatives in the Frick...

cover of The American Water Color Society, circa 1895, depicting green detailed drawing of woman, peacock an fountain

Documenting the Gilded Age

A joint project of the Frick Art Reference Library and Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives that digitized ephemeral exhibition checklists, pamphlets, and catalogues from eleven historically significant galleries, society clubs, and arts associations operating from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century.