Frick Art Reference Library

Remembering Helen Sanger, Frick’s First Mellon Chief Librarian

Color photograph of Frick Art Reference Library staff, around 1990.
Helen Sanger (1923–2020), the Frick Art Reference Library’s first Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian, passed away in July at the age of 96. Her forty-seven-year career at the library shaped the institution profoundly, and her legacy lives on in many areas of its initiatives.

Past Exhibition: The Frick’s Other Collection

Black and white photograph of the Frick Art Reference Library Reading Room taken in 1935 showing empty communal tables with lamps and chairs
The Frick’s Other Collection: The 70th Anniversary of The Frick Art Reference Library
December 11, 1990 to March 24, 1991

The creation, growth, and present-day role of The Frick Art Reference Library was the focus of a special exhibition marking the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the institution. The first section of the exhibition surveyed the Library's history from its foundation to the present. Photographs, architectural plans, records, maps, newspaper clippings, and artifacts documented the Library's growth from its early acquisition of materials to the time of the construction of the first building (1924) and the current location (1935) at 10 East 71st Street.

Selection from "Competing Truths"

competing truths symposia introduction cover

This event was a two-day symposium held at the Italian Academy of Columbia University and The Frick Collection on November 15 and 16, 2019.

These videos reflect a selection of the symposium at The Frick Collection. 

Jeffrey Fraiman: "Competing Relics: The Three Wellheads at San Calisto in Trastevere, 1607-2019"

video still of Jeffery Fraiman giving lecture at the Frick Collection
"Competing Relics: The Three Wellheads at San Calisto in Trastevere, 1607—2019" by Jeffrey Fraiman, Research Associate , Metropolitan Museum of Art November 16, 2019 This lecture, presented at The Frick Collection, was part of a two-day symposium, 'Competing Truths: Art and the Objects of History after the Council of Trent' organized by the Italian Academy of Columbia University and The Frick Art Reference Library.

Pamela Jones: "Artistic Style, Christian Truth, & the Ugly Reality of the Poor"

"Artistic Style, Christian Truth, & the Ugly Reality of the Poor" by Pamela Jones, Professor Emerita of Art History, UMass, Boston November 16, 2019 This lecture, presented at The Frick Collection, was part of a two-day symposium, 'Competing Truths: Art and the Objects of History after the Council of Trent' organized by the Italian Academy of Columbia University and The Frick Art Reference Library.

Silvia Tita: "Restoring Truth: Uses and Abuses of Archeology in Establishing Primacy Among Papal Sites in the 1630s"

"Restoring Truth: Uses and Abuses of Archeology in Establishing Primacy Among Papal Sites in the 1630s" by Silvia Tita, Independent Scholar, Toronto November 16, 2019 This lecture, presented at The Frick Collection, was part of a two-day symposium, 'Competing Truths: Art and the Objects of History after the Council of Trent' organized by the Italian Academy of Columbia University and The Frick Art Reference Library.

William Stenhouse: "Concordant Truths from Early Christianity"

video still of William Stenhouse giving lecture at the Frick Collection
"Concordant Truths from Early Christianity" by William Stenhouse, Professor of History, Yeshiva University November 16, 2019 This lecture, presented at The Frick Collection, was part of a two-day symposium, 'Competing Truths: Art and the Objects of History after the Council of Trent' organized by the Italian Academy of Columbia University and The Frick Art Reference Library.

Films of the Frick Family and Friends

Link to video of Frick Family film excerpts

In 1916 and 1918, Norman McClintock was invited to film the Frick family at their country estate, Eagle Rock, in Prides Crossing, Mass. These films depict the Fricks and their friends in a variety of leisure activities such as card playing, golfing, and having tea. They represent the only known moving images of Henry Clay Frick, and the earliest moving images of his wife, children, and grandchildren.

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