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From the Library Shelves

The Stout Reference Library at the IMA has a large collection of materials printed by art museums in the United States and around the world.  I’ve been sorting through them and simultaneously shifting the museum publications collection for several months now.  The collection contains publications like exhibition catalogs, member magazines, annual reports and bulletins.  While it’s well organized, I’m removing materials that would better serve our patrons if  they were added to the online catalog we share with the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library, making them searchable and accessible.   While this collection encompasses items from nearly 400 museums outside of the United States, the total number of U.S. museums has not yet been determined.   Below is a photograph showing the publications I’ve selected that are waiting to be catalogued.

I am currently in the “D’s” for District of Columbia and I continually find little gems along the way. Some catalogs have the signature of past curators, directors of the IMA, or others who have donated materials over the years.  Like this one from Wilbur Peat, found inside the exhibition catalogue American Processional held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and published in 1950.  Peat served as Director of the IMA from 1929-1965, and set the foundation for documenting Indiana artists.

This one says it’s “From Mr. Evans Woollen 2/2/1910″ and is from the Corcoran’s Augustus Saint-Gaudens Biography Exhibition of His Works and Memorial Meeting in December 1908. While a famous architect by the same moniker currently lives in Indianapolis, the Evans Woollen who likely donated this catalogue was president of the Fletcher Savings & Trust Company in 1912, currently Bank One, and also served as president of the board of the Art Association of Indianapolis, currently the Indianapolis Museum of Art, from1907-1941.

Today I found this amazing publication about the architectural and decorative features of The Library of Congress:

This has a copyright of 1901 and includes 22 images, plus the cover image mounted on dark green paper.   Being a librarian, I might be a little biased, but I feel that it’s not too difficult for most people to appreciate the uniqueness of such a publication.   It’s always a little thrilling to log into OCLC Worldcat (the Online Computer Library Catalog) to find that you are holding a publication that only a very small number of libraries likely own.   It’s a great feeling that we are making the information therein accessible to our patrons.  Only 119 shelves to go!

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