Web Archives and Photoarchive Images Now Available in NYARC Discovery

  • Posted on Aug 03, 2016 by

NYARC Discovery (http://discovery.nyarc.org) is a new research tool from The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), consisting of the libraries of the Brooklyn Museum, the Frick Art Reference Library, and The Museum of Modern Art. We are happy to introduce the integration of two important collections into NYARC Discovery – the NYARC web archives collections and images from the Frick Art Reference Library’s Photoarchive.

Web Archives: Researchers can now discover web archives along with books, journal articles, auction catalogs, traditional archives and a host of other materials while performing a single search in NYARC Discovery. Given the ephemeral nature of digital content, web archives are becoming increasingly important to document the scholarly and cultural record, making it essential to make them easily accessible to users. The NYARC web archives include six thematic collections and the consortium’s institutional website collections: 

  • Art Resources
  • Artists’ Websites
  • Auction Houses
  • Catalogues Raisonnés
  • New York City Galleries
  • Restitution of Lost or Looted Art
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • The Frick Collection
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • New York Art Resources Consortium

A search in NYARC Discovery defaults to include a single full-text search result from the NYARC web archives collections. Links to the full web archives result set are provided for further exploration on the Archive-It interface


web archive result

Example of web archive result.

Each web archives collection continues to expand with the addition of new web resources. If you would like to nominate a website for consideration for inclusion in one of these collections, please submit our online nominations form. To learn more about the consortium’s web archiving program, visit http://www.nyarc.org/content/web-archiving.

Photoarchive: The Frick Art Reference Library’s Photoarchive is a study collection of more than one million photographic reproductions of works of art from the fourth to the mid-twentieth century by artists trained in the Western tradition. As of summer 2016, nearly 200,000 catalog records and over 75,000 digital images are accessible through NYARC Discovery. Cataloging and digitization of this collection is ongoing. A fun way to explore the collection is using the Virtual Browse feature, where researchers can now digitally browse the Photoarchive image files.


virtual browse example

Example of Virtual Browse feature. 

Built on ExLibris Primo technology, NYARC Discovery was launched earlier this year and continues to be developed to unite scholarly resources into a single search environment. NYARC Discovery is made possible through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Announcements will continue to be distributed as collections and features are added. Questions and comments may be sent to Lily Pregill, NYARC Coordinator and Systems Manager (pregill@frick.org).


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