Arthur de Carle Sowerby (1885-1954), naturalist, explorer, artist, and editor was born in Tai-yuan Fu, Shansi province, China, where his father served as a Baptist missionary. After a brief stay at Bristol University, England, Sowerby returned to China and began collecting specimens for the Natural History Museum in Tai-yuan Fu. In 1906, …
This collection documents the history of photomechanical printing from its development in 1826 through the perfection of three-color printing at the beginning of the twentieth century. All major intaglio, planotype, and relief printing methods are represented. The collection includes examples of virtually all categories of …
Robert Sterling Clark was a complex, enigmatic man with wide-ranging interests. Born into a life of privilege, heir to the fortune made by his grandfather’s partnership in the Singer Manufacturing Company, Sterling Clark broke with family ties to Cooperstown to travel widely and to live in Paris, New York, and Virginia. After …
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Records include historical materials such as: documents related to the Clarks’ decision to locate their collection in Williamstown; founding documents such as incorporation papers, early board minutes, and engineering studies and architectural plans for the 1955 marble building; and the …
In 1908, thirty-one-year-old American adventurer Robert Sterling Clark organized a scientific expedition to northern China for the purpose of creating a detailed geographical survey of the area, recording daily meteorological observations, photographing the people, places, and landscapes, and collecting samples of the flora and …
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library’s ongoing digital collections program provides access to its unique library and archival materials for teaching, learning, and research at the Clark and worldwide. The Library contributes collaboratively to national and international digital collections initiatives that benefit the Clark and the larger research community.
The Clark’s digital collections emphasize rare and unique materials selected from the Library’s Special Collections and include materials from the David A. Hanson Collection of the History of Photomechanical Reproduction, the Artists’ Books Collection, the Study Collection of Photographs and Clippings, and the Archives. Featured materials include digitized books, finding aids, ephemera, photographs, and electronic files.
Support for the Library’s digital collections initiatives has come from the Research Libraries Group (RLG) Digital Initiatives for Science, Technology and Medicine, the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS), the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.