Below is a current list of archival holdings that relate to art scholarship, each with a brief description and links to the finding aid or catalog record when available.
Alfred Moir Papers, 1939–1990
Papers and research files of art historian and collector Alfred Moir (1924–2010), containing photographs, research notes, correspondence, writings, and documents relating to his personal art collection. Art collecting content emphasizes Old Master drawings, while research content focuses on Italian baroque art, particularly the work of Caravaggio and his followers.
Anna Kleinman Research Files on Rosalba Carriera, undated
Typescript photocopies of the English translations of the correspondence and diary of Rosalba Carriera (1675–1757), prominent Venetian Rococo portraitist. Also includes explanatory footnotes, biographical sketches of correspondents, and microfilm of the original documents.
Research notes of Charles K. Bolton (Boston Athenaeum librarian and author) for his unpublished manuscript, Workers with Line and Color in New England 1620–1870: Biographical Notices of Artists and Art Craftsmen Born before 1845.
College Art Association of America Records, 1919–1938
Documents the research conducted by the College Art Association of America for their publication The Index of Twentieth-Century Artists, through correspondence, exhibition catalogues, press releases, and news clippings. Other material was gathered by the staff of Parnassus, another College Art Association publication.
Helen Clay Frick Papers, Series VI: Research Files on Jean Antoine Houdon, 1802?–1976
Helen Clay Frick (1888–1984), daughter of industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick, had a lifelong interest in art history, particularly in the French sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon (1741–1828). These research files contain typed and handwritten research notes, correspondence, photographs, Frick Art Reference Library photo mounts, publications, newspaper and magazine clippings, and typescript drafts and correspondence related to both published and unpublished writings on Houdon. Of special interest are approximately 300 photostats and transcriptions of the papers of Houdon, acquired from a descendant of the sculptor.
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.
Helen Clay Frick Research Files on Jean-Antoine Houdon, 1930–1977
Typed and handwritten research notes, correspondence, photographs, printed material, and typescript drafts of Helen Clay Frick's articles and unpublished manuscripts regarding the life and works of sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon.
Correspondence, photographs, notes, printed material, and some drafts of John Hill Morgan’s writings on George Washington portraits and other early American paintings. Also contains information on the George J. Shepard/John J. Hughes/Ferdinand Danton fakes.
Juliette Tomlinson Research Files on Joseph Whiting Stock, 1976–1987
Correspondence and research of Juliette Tomlinson on the American folk artist Joseph Whiting Stock (1815–1855). The collection contains Tomlinson’s correspondence regarding paintings by Stock, photocopies of Stock’s personal documents and other biographical material, and some images.
Lucy B. Mitchell Research Files on James Sanford Ellsworth, 1952–1987
Data sheets on individual portraits, photographs, correspondence, research notes, and printed materials document Mitchell's research on the life and works of American folk artist James Sanford Ellsworth (1802–1874). The collection also includes genealogical information about the sitters.
Peter H. Davidson & Co., Inc. Weir Records, 1957–1991
Correspondence, photographs, provenance records, invoices, inventories, and printed material pertaining to Davidson's association with the descendants of painter J. Alden Weir. Also concerns the creation of the Weir Foundation and the effort to designate Weir Farm, the home of J. Alden Weir, a national park.
Research files of art historian Richard P. Wunder, containing artwork files, photographs, correspondence, writings, and notes. His research on Gian Paolo Panini forms the bulk of the collection, though Hyacinthe Rigaud, Emmanuel Leutze, and architectural and theater drawings are also featured in his research.
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.
Notecards created by the Frick Art Reference Library staff from material compiled by Theodore Bolton (art historian, artist, and librarian) for intended dictionary of early American oil painters. Cards contain biographical information on artists and descriptions of individual portraits.