Issue #198  6/30/2013
Met Digitizes Pictorialist Catalogues and Makes Them Available Online

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has digitized many of its Pictorialist catalogues and has made them available online. Photography Curator Malcolm Daniels notes that now more than one hundred of those Pictorialist catalogues, most of them donated to the Museum by Alfred Stieglitz in 1922 and many of them not found elsewhere, are preserved in the Met's Joyce F. Menschel Photography Library. These have now been scanned and are available to a world-wide audience through the Thomas J. Watson Library's Digital Collections website and WorldCat, a union catalogue of 71,000 libraries. With a single query, a photo historian can now search all of the catalogues for work by a single photographer ("Steichen" or "Coburn," for instance), a title word ("Flatiron" or "Nude"), or photographic process ("platinum" or "gum bichromate").

The scanned volumes document exhibitions both famous and obscure—the massive, landmark International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography, organized by Stieglitz himself at the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo in 1910, on the one hand, and the Ninth Annual Exhibition of the Art Association of Richmond, Indiana, on the other. While some, like the Buffalo catalogue, are available elsewhere, approximately one quarter appear to be unique to the Menschel Library. Simple but beautifully printed checklists of exhibitions at Stieglitz's famous gallery, "291," are also among the items now available to all.

The link to these catalogues is: http://libmma.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/search/collection/p15324coll19 .