Publication Date

September 20, 2011



The Frick Art Reference Library recently announced that research documentation on 125,000 works of art as well as 15,000 images of works of art from its Photoarchive are now available online. Between 1922 and 1967, representatives of the Frick Art Reference Library traveled through the U.S. and Europe taking photographs of mostly unpublished works of art and creating this Photoarchive, in order to document these works for researchers. Learn more below in highlights from the library’s press release. For even more information, you can also read the proposal the Frick Art Reference Library submitted to NEH to win the grant that enabled the completion of this project.

Photoarchive Records

Frick Image RecordsThe Frick Art Reference Library and its partners in the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC)—the libraries of The Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum—are pleased to announce that through a complex process of data migration, all of the Photoarchive’s research database records created since 1996 (and all future records created both for the existing collection and for new  acquisitions) may now be accessed via NYARC’s online catalog Arcade ( These online records in Arcade offer detailed historical documentation for the works of art, including basic information about the artist, title, medium, dimensions, date, and owner of the work, as well as former attributions, provenance, variant titles, records of exhibition and condition history, and biographical information about portrait subjects.

Frick Digital Image Archive

Frick Image ArchiveIn addition to global access to the historical documentation for works of art recorded in the Photoarchive, a new interface, the Frick Digital Image Archive ( has been created to link the images of 15,000 works of art captured during the Frick’s photography expeditions throughout the United States from 1922 to 1967 to the documentation in Arcade. Researchers can retrieve images by keyword or field searching, display large preview images, download small jpeg image files, and link to the matching Arcade records. This image archive, which may be accessed via the Web site of The Frick Collection (, was made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Henry Luce Foundation.

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