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Documenting Modern Living

Alexander Girard textile design board for the Miller House, ca. 1956

Alexander Girard textile design board for the Miller House, ca. 1956, Miller House and Garden Collection (M003), IMA Archives.

The Miller House and Garden Collection contains materials documenting the design, construction, history, and maintenance of the iconic mid-century modern property from 1953 to 2009. The Collection includes four categories of materials: documents, drawings, photographs, and materials samples. Thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), over 17,000 items from this important archival collection have been digitized and made available through the IMA's Digital Archives Portal.

Pioneer Painters of Indiana

Brochure for exhibition of early Wayne County artists, 1952

Brochure for exhibition of early Wayne County artists, 1952, IMA Archives.

Pioneer Painters of Indiana Digital Collection
The Pioneer Painters of Indiana digital collection features items from the Wilbur D. Peat Research Papers, 1878-1958 (M002). The collection contains research materials for Peat’s book Pioneer Painters of Indiana, including notes and index cards on Indiana artists and collectors, article clippings, bibliographies, exhibition catalogs, photographs of artworks, and correspondence with art collectors, curators and artists’ families. While the book covers roughly one hundred years of Indiana’s art history through 1885, Peat’s extensive research papers cover additional artists and extended years beyond the book’s final content. Peat served as director of the John Herron Art Museum (now the Indianapolis Museum of Art) for 36 years from 1929-1965 and was one of the first historians to research and publish about Indiana Art. In addition to his numerous articles and books on art and architecture, Peat was also an artist himself, gave frequent lectures, and taught numerous classes and workshops. Digitization of this collection was made possible through Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) grant funds distributed by the Indiana State Library. The digital collection is hosted by The Center for Digital Scholarship at IUPUI.