A great deal has been accomplished since NYARC was established ten years ago. Let’s take a moment to briefly look at what we have achieved so far. First of all, none of what we have accomplished could have been possible without the support of our Museum Administrators and our respective Museum staff, especially our own dedicated and talented professional teams in our libraries and archives. We have been very lucky to have Lily Pregill as our NYARC Coordinator who has been key to making our collective work come together in a seamless way.
Decades before Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) moved to New York City and began filling his mansion with artistic masterpieces, another extraordinarily wealthy collector was populating his own mammoth structure with books and art in exactly the same location. James Lenox (1800–1880) was one of the richest men in New York in the second half of the nineteenth century, and one of its most influential philanthropists and bibliophiles.
The first impression of New York...is one of repulsion at the clangor, disorder, and permanent earthquake conditions. But this time...in the centre of the cyclone, I caught the pulse of the machine, took up the rhythm...and found it simply magnificent. —William James, 1907 (Heller, 113)