The Love Letters of Jane Schenck Malbone and Ralph Malbone

  • Posted on Apr 17, 2017 by

In June of 2016, the Brooklyn Museum purchased the correspondence of Jane Schenck Malbone and Ralph Malbone at a Swann Gallery auction. This exciting acquisition enriches the Library’s holdings of primary source and published documentation on the Schenck family, who were prominent Dutch farmers in Brooklyn and one of the first families to settle the area around 1650.


What's Happening in Brooklyn?

  • Posted on Apr 01, 2014 by

Access to the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives has been limited since last summer because of a major renovation of the second floor of the museum and the retirement of a key library staff member. The necessary renovation is allowing for the installation of climate control as well as new galleries devoted to the Museum's Asian and Islamic collections. There will also be a new gallery space devoted to the display of Libraries and Archives collections when the renovation is completed around late 2015.


Maps for Monuments Men

  • Posted on Mar 03, 2014 by

During World War II, the Frick Art Reference Library played a pivotal role in the international effort to identify and protect monuments and works of art in Europe from damage and destruction by armed forces. Helen Clay Frick, the founder and Director of the Library, invited the Committee of the American Council of Learned Societies on Protection of Cultural Treasures in War Areas to take up residence at the Library from 1943 to 1945.


The MoMA PS1 Archives Are Now Open!

  • Posted on Feb 10, 2013 by

More than four years ago, at the end of 2008, MoMA and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center officially completed their 10-year affiliation process.  At that time, The Museum of Modern Art Archives received custody of the organizational records, curatorial documents, exhibition paraphernalia, and other materials of historical importance saved by the institution over four decades of groundbreaking programming.


Inside the Parisian Studio

  • Posted on Dec 19, 2011 by

Libraries can contain unexpected treasures. Who would have guessed that the Frick Art Reference Library possesses a collection of seventy-four photographs of artists in their Paris studios circa 1885 to 1892? The photographs were given to the Library in 1940 by the American polar artist Frank Wilbert Stokes (1858–1955). Stokes had much earlier (1916–19) tried unsuccessfully to persuade Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) to visit his studio and buy some of his paintings.  


Film Special Collections 100% More Findable!

  • Posted on Jul 05, 2011 by

Ok, they were previously 0% findable. Still, by adding the MoMA Film Department Special Collections inventory to the MoMA web site, film researchers can now discover over 100 primary-source collections on film-related figures and topics. The processed (and partially-processed) collections include papers on individuals (filmmakers, distributors, animators, actors), studios (Biograph, Edison, Kalem), and groups (Film and Photo League).