Frick Art Reference Library Records

Institutional Records

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.

Staff Research - Katharine McCook Knox Records, 1924–1979

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.

Helen Clay Frick Research Files on Italian Art, 1920–1933

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.

Frick Art Reference Library Diaries, 1920–1974

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.

Frick Art Reference Library Central Correspondence — Artists, 1921–present

Library correspondence with American artists regarding requests for photographs of their works for the photo archives.

Frick Art Reference Library Central Correspondence — Book Dealers, 1920–present

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.

Frick Art Reference Library Central Correspondence — Dealers, 1920–present

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.

Frick Art Reference Library Central Correspondence — Libraries, 1922–present

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.

Frick Art Reference Library Central Correspondence — Museums, 1920–present

Correspondence files documenting the Library’s exchange of information with museums, historical societies, art associations, and universities, mainly concerning routine administrative matters, though many also treat the attribution and provenance of works of art.