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Knoedler Photographs and Negatives from William Collins

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Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute:

A Guide to Knoedler Photographs and Negatives, 190?-194?

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library
225 South Street
Williamstown, MA, 01267
413-458-0532
library@clarkart.edu

March 31, 2009



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was prepared by Dani Ryan
Language: Finding aid written in English.

Repository: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library
creatorCollins, William J., d. 1960
Title: Knoedler Photographs and Negatives from William Collins
Dates: 190?-194?
General Physical Description: 5 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract:This series contains negatives and photographs of artwork sold by M. Knoedler & Co. These records were presumably used by William Collins, in his career at Knoedler's before he became Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
Identification: CAI ARC 2007.48
Language: English

Arrangement of the Records

This collection is arranged numerically based on the numbers recorded on the photograph envelopes.

Scope and Contents of the Records

William J. Collins was brought on at the Clark as the first curator of prints and drawings in 1958. He had been the head, since 1939, of the Department of Prints at Knoedler & Co. in New York City, where the Clarks purchased many of their artworks. Collins passed away unexpectedly in 1960.

This series contains negatives and photos presumably brought by Collins from Knoedler when he began at the Clark. They contain images of artworks prints and drawings sold by Knoedler. The images are primarily black-and-white negatives but there are some glass negatives and black-and-white photos. Each image has an accompanying envelope with identifying information such as the title and artist. The envelopes have a numbering system but there are several duplicate numbers and gaps of unrepresented numbers. There is also a group of images labeled as "plates", with its own numbering system.


History of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

In 1950 Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection. Opened to public in 1955, the Institute has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. One of the few institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with a complement of research and academic programs, including a major art history library, the Clark is now a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history. Building upon the founders' legacy, the Institute has recently unveiled its master plan for the twenty-first century, which fosters the Clark's commitment to providing space for its expanding research and museum programs while maintaining the unique character of its beautiful rural setting.


Index Terms

Art dealers
Art museums
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Collins, William J., d. 1960
M. Knoedler & Co.
Print dealers
Williamstown (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This material is currently restricted.

Restrictions on Use

This material is currently restricted.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

These items were moved to the Rare Book Room sometime after 1973.

Preferred Citation

[Cite the item (as appropriate)], Knoedler Photographs and Negatives, 190?-194? Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Records, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Acquisition Information

These records were acquisitioned from the Rare Book Room in December 2007.

Processing Information

These records were processed in December 2007. Acid-free paper was added between each photograph and its envelope and they were placed in numerical order. Some nitrate negatives were in an advanced, irreparable state of emulsion / base separation and exhibiting severe vinegar syndrome. Those negatives were discarded, but their identifying envelopes were preserved.


Related Material

Related or similar material can be found in the following series in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Records, Williamstown, Massachusetts: Curatorial Office Records of Prints and Drawings Department; Papers of William Collins.


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