Posts Tagged 'archives'

Getty Provenance Index® Databases adds art sales records

Left: The Entombment, Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1612, oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum; right: Inventory number on The Entombment (detail). Digital images courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

The Getty Provenance Index® has added 138,000 database records of art sales from the 1600s and 1700s, including the earliest known catalog published in Britain. This brings the cumulative Databases holdings to more than 1.7 million records taken from source material such as archival inventories, auction catalogs, and dealer stock books. Quantity and scope of available research material varies by region, period, and type of document, and records are continually expanded and enriched on a regular basis. Visit Search the Getty Provenance Index® Databases for more information.

Pharos: The International Consortium of Photo Archives

Images from the Collections Jacque Doucet, Bibliothèque de l’INHA (Institut national d’histoire de l’art)

PHAROS is an international consortium of fourteen European and North American art historical photo archives committed to creating a digital platform, currently in beta, that allows research among the photographic holdings of all consortium members – an estimated 31 million images, including artworks and supplemental material.

One of the best searching features they’re working on is reverse-image searching – the ability to upload a digital image or URL where an image is located, and search the database as you would a text query to return results related to the image. This image-recognition technology strives to eradicate language barriers inherent in text searching.

via NYTimes; h/t Ann Jensen Adams

Now available: Performance at Tate

Charles Atlas with Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud, Performance as part of Charles Atlas and Collaborators, in the Tanks at the Tate Modern, 2013 (Photo © Tate)Performance at Tate: Into the Space of Art “explores the history of performance art at Tate from the 1960s to 2016. Arising from a two-year research project, this major online publication offers a new appraisal of the place of performance art and performativity in the museum through essays and case studies on individual artworks and events. It also publishes for the first time audio, films and videos, photographs, museum documents and reviews drawn from Tate’s Archive, showing the richness and depth of the gallery’s engagement with performance.”

Another fantastic film archive

britishpatheBritish Pathé was the source for filmed world news, entertainment, and general oddities and information, from the beginning of the 20th century for the next 50 years.  Their ‘cinema newsreels’ were shown  before the feature in movie theaters in Britain as well as many other parts of the world, and the little rooster logo was iconic.  There are now 85,000 historical newsreel clips on every imaginable topic at their site.  [Right: screenshot of fascinating (really!) film about wallpaper manufacturing.]

They are free to view online, and can be downloaded with a registration.  (Read more about use licensing and restrictions here. )

NYARC Discovery: Web archives and photoarchive images at your fingertips

Displaying virtual browse feature of NYARC Discovery

NYARC Discovery is a new research tool from the libraries of the Brooklyn Museum, the Frick Collection, and The Museum of Modern Art. With a single search, you can find web archives along with books, journal articles, auction catalogs, traditional archives and a host of other materials, including nearly 200,000 catalog records and over 75,000 digital images from the Frick Art Reference Library’s Photoarchive.

If you would like to nominate a website for consideration for inclusion in one of these collections, please submit the online nominations form.

h/t Kerry Sullivan

Digital Public Library of America: A wealth of info, no card required

Digital Public Library of AmericaThe Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an all-digital library that aggregates metadata — or information describing an item — and thumbnails for millions (over 11,000,000 and growing!) of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. DPLA brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available. Search the Library, or use the Map or Timeline to focus your search by file format, contributors, date, language, location, or subject.

Want even broader search capability? Check out these apps Culture Collage (to return a DPLA search as an image stream) and, a Red Dot favorite, Search DPLA and Europeana (a side-by-side search of Europeana and the DPLA – that’s access to roughly 60 million items with one search!)

New US history photo and news archives

Lange-Photogrammar An LA Times article today highlights two archives of great interest to students of US history: Photogrammar and Chronicling America.

Photogrammar is based at Yale University, and contains 170,000 photos commissioned by the US Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information between 1935 and 1945.  The photographs are actually housed at the Library of Congress but Photogrammar provides the access platform.  It also includes an interactive map which lets users gather photos by region or date, and a Visualizations section which presents experiments in photo data.  The photos, including 3,244 by Dorothea Lange, are mostly public domain, and all can be downloaded.

Chronicling America is a searchable database of US newspaper pages from 1836 to 1922.  Jointly sponsored by the Library of Congress and the NEH, it contains over 10 million newspaper pages. Pages can be downloaded as JPGs or PDFs, and details can be excerpted.


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