The collections of the Frick Art Reference Library relate mainly to paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints by artists from Europe and the Americas created in the Western tradition from the fourth to the mid-twentieth century. In addition, European decorative arts of the fifteenth to the nineteenth century are covered. Materials are collected in any format and in any language, with an increasing proportion of the collections being digital.

To search the collections of the Library, see the FRESCO, Arcade, and NYARC Discovery catalogs.

For more information about coverage, see the Collection Development Policy.

Books and Periodicals | Auction Catalogs | Photoarchive
E-Resources | Digital Collections | Web Archives

Books and Periodicals

Monographs, exhibition and collection catalogs, catalogues raisonnés, and periodicals form the majority of the print collections. The Library also has access to thousands of e-books and e-journals.

For books and periodicals, search the catalog.

To learn more about e-resources, see e-resources.

Auction Catalogs

Catalogs from more than 1,000 auction houses in Europe, Australia, and the Americas comprise the auction catalog collection. They range in date from the eighteenth century to the present. Annotated catalogs and price lists, when available, have been acquired to provide additional sales information. 

For auction catalogs, search the catalog.


The Photoarchive is a study collection of more than 1.2 million photographic reproductions of works of art from the fourth to the mid-twentieth century by artists trained in the Western tradition. Its documentation traces changes of attribution, ownership, and condition for many  of the included works. 

For Photoarchive materials, search the catalog.

To learn more about the Photoarchive, see Research > Photoarchive.


The e-resources collection consists of databases, e-journals, e-books, and a selection of websites, many of which are freely accessible from remote locations. Access to some e-resources is only available onsite at the Library. A broad selection of e-books is available for short-term loan to registered users and may be accessed remotely after on-site registration for the e-book service is completed.

Online journal articles, digitized books, and born-digital art research materials such as website collections may be retrieved using NYARC Discovery, a portal that combines the research collections of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC).

For e-resources, search the E-Resource Finder.

Digital Collections

The Library is actively digitizing its collections for access and preservation. Priorities for digitization are the Photoarchive, archival documents, and rare books and auction catalogs.

For digital collections, search the Frick Digital Collections and/or our catalog.

Web Archives

The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), of which the Library is a member, collects and archives websites for preservation purposes to make them available to the public now and in the future.  Website collections are described in our catalog and may be searched in further detail using NYARC Discovery.

To nominate a Web site for archiving, see NYARC Web Archive Collections.

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