Frick Art Reference Library

The collections of the Frick Art Reference Library relate mainly to paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints from the fourth to the mid-twentieth centuries by European and American artists. Known internationally for its rich holdings of auction and exhibition catalogs, the Library is a leading site for collecting and provenance research. Archival materials and special collections augment the research collections with documents pertaining to the history of collecting art and of Henry Clay Frick's collecting in particular.

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Stephen J. Bury, Andrew W. Mellon Chief Library of the Frick Art Reference Library 

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Some of the photographs for Italian artists in the Library's Photoarchive are being digitized and are currently unavailable. Please contact us in advance of your visit to learn what materials are accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Photoarchive Survey

The Library is conducting a survey related to the use of its Photoarchive collection, and we need your help!

The survey will assist in developing a shared, digital platform for a consortium of European and North American art historical photo archives, known as PHAROS. The platform will provide access to more than 25 million images of works of art and their associated documentation. To learn more about PHAROS, see

Go to to complete the survey. Responses are being accepted May 1–14, 2017. It will take only 5–10 minutes of your time.

For questions, contact Louisa Wood Ruby, Head of Photoarchive Research at

Seminar on Archival Research and Latin and Italian Paleography

The Frick Art Reference Library is sponsoring a seminar on archival research methods, and Latin and Italian paleography from September 18 to 23, 2017. This course will provide participants with practical training in navigating archives as well as an overview of some of the most common medieval and Renaissance scripts. Topics covered will include, among other subjects: parsing finding aids and catalogs; codicology; and abbreviations. A working knowledge of Latin and Italian is required.

The seminar is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For consideration, please send a one-page letter of interest that outlines previous experience you have had working in archives and discusses how the skills developed in the course will benefit your current research projects to The deadline for applications is April 15, 2017, and all candidates will be notified of their status by May 1, 2017.



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