Katharine McCook Knox (1890-1983), a Washington, D.C.-area art historian and author specializing in early American art, worked for the Frick Art Reference Library as a researcher, consultant, and special staff member for over 50 years. Mrs. Knox's staff records consist of correspondence, 1922-1977, regarding art research, photographing trips, her publications and lectures, and Library acquisitions.
The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library records consist of correspondence and memoranda, photographs, architectural records, minutes, ledgers, financial and legal documents, printed material, scrapbooks, and audio-visual materials documenting the founding and administration of the Collection and the Library.
Katharine McCook Knox (1890-1983), a Washington, D.C.-area art historian and author specializing in early American art, worked with the Frick Art Reference Library as a researcher, consultant, and special staff member for over 50 years. These records document her work as a member of the Library staff, as well as her personal research and writings in the field of early American art from 1922 to 1974. Records include correspondence, typescripts and manuscripts, galley proofs, handwritten and typed notes, invoices, photographs, and printed material.
Typed and handwritten research notes, black-and-white photographs, printed material, some correspondence, and extensive artist bibliographies produced by Helen Clay Frick in her research on Italian sculpture and painting, primarily to annotate photograph mounts in the Frick Art Reference Library Photoarchive.
Two diaries and loose notes containing entries on Library events, including visitors of note, acquisitions of photographs and books, building construction, and Miss Frick’s activities. Entries also document staff matters, both professional and personal.
Library correspondence with over 350 book dealers and publishers documenting the development of the Library’s research collection. Correspondence mainly consists of book orders and search requests by the librarians and responses by book dealers concerning order fulfillment and billing information.
Library correspondence with domestic and international art dealers, mainly concerning the acquisition of photographs, sales catalogs, and exhibition catalogs for the Library. Additionally, many letters document the exchange of information on the attribution, provenance, subject identification, and location of particular works of art.
Library correspondence with libraries and historical societies, mainly concerning routine administrative matters. Additionally, the correspondence documents the Library’s attempts to establish the Photoarchive collection through requests for photographs, provenance and location of works of art, etc.