Posted by: bluesyemre | May 17, 2017

#DelawareArtMuseum puts over 500 rare archives online

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Howard Pyle seated in his studio, c. 1910. Frank E. Schoonover Manuscript Collection, Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives.

The Delaware Art Museum recently launched its new web-based platform with the Delaware Heritage Collection, allowing selections from the Museum’s 2,000 linear feet of archival material to be seen from anywhere in the world. Original letters from Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti to his mistress, photographs of artist and illustrator John Sloan in his studio, and scrapbooks chronicling the Museum’s history are some of the materials now available online through the new Digital Collections portal.

The Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives has embarked upon a digitization initiative to provide free access to our most significant collections, including the John Sloan, Howard Pyle, and Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft, Jr. Pre-Raphaelite Manuscript Collections. The archives are available through the Delaware Heritage Collection, an online portal supported by the Delaware Division of Libraries at Visitors to this new online resource are able to browse the Museum’s collections, search for specific objects, view images, and read transcripts.

“This is an incredible opportunity for the Museum,” notes Sam Sweet, executive director and CEO at the Delaware Art Museum. “Putting these valuable resources online allows us to serve our diverse audiences more effectively through access to collections-related information, images, and scholarship. We field over 250 research visits and reference requests each year. Now many more can browse our archives from anywhere in the world, expanding our reach even further.”

To date, there are 500 archival items available online and more items are added daily. Reflecting research requests, most of the online archives are focused on the Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and John Sloan collections. This spring, in coordination with the exhibition No Jury, No Prizes: The Society of Independent Artists, 1917-1944, the Museum added over 150 items related to the Society of Independent Artists. As part of the phased plan, the Museum will add over 8,000 John Sloan archival items. The informative database will allow the Delaware Art Museum to carry out its core mission of connecting people to art.

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