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.