Frick Art Reference Library

One Hundred Years at the Library: A Dedicated Staff

In commemoration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Frick Art Reference Library, Sally Brazil, Barbara G. Fleischman Associate Chief Librarian for Archives and Records Management, looks back on the lifeblood of the library through the decades—its incredible staff. Discover photographs, scrapbooks, drawings, and archival materials documenting the contributions of generations of knowledgeable staff members, who have guided the library’s mission and growth over the past century. Objects featured in the post are part of the celebratory publication One Hundred Objects in the Frick Art Reference Library, available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

Data Discoveries: Completing the Picture of Artists in the Photoarchive

Emma Claire Marvin, a spring/summer 2021 practicum student and content consultant in the Frick Art Reference Library, explains her work on the library’s ongoing Wikidata project. The project enhances the online discoverability of artists represented in the Photoarchive, and Emma Claire describes her research that contributed to the creation of a brand-new Wikidata “item” for lesser-known French artist Marie Perrier (1864–1941).

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.

Selection from "Competing Truths"

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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.

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