Monthly Archives: September 2013

Page-turning viewing option now in Digital Collections

The content management software we use for our Digital Collections site is called CONTENTdm. Its development and maintenance are coordinated by the library cooperative organization OCLC in consultation with the CONTENTdm user community.

The software is updated about four times per year; last week we received the most current update (version 6.5), which included a feature that we have been looking forward to for some time:  an optional page-turning interface for viewing items. The “Page Flip View” button is located next to the Download and Print buttons, just above the window where the pages are displayed, as indicated here:


When the button is clicked, the page-turner opens and, after loading the document, looks like this:


Turn the page by clicking on a page: click on the right side to advance, and click the left page to go back. Another option is to view pages one at a time and scroll vertically through the document like this:


The Page-Flip View is a beta feature offered to CONTENTdm users in order to gather feedback to guide further development, so expect improvements over the next couple of development cycles. We acknowledge that it needs some work to be a really great feature, but this is a very welcome step in the right direction. Feel free to send your thoughts about it to me via email (dan[dot]lipcan[at]metmuseum[dot]org) and we’ll pass them along to OCLC’s CONTENTdm team.

Watson Library’s Facebook Page

Watson Library has started a Facebook page.  Just like our Highlights page, we post a lot of things from the Digital Collections, but we also post about other things happening throughout the library. Like this post about artist and illustrator Oliver Jeffers giving a presentation and signing autographs at Nolen Library recently:

FbJeffersOr this post about a recent orientation the Museum Research Staff Instruction Program gave for the incoming Museum Fellows:FBfellows

There are also posts like this that highlight Watson Library’s permanent collection:


 And like this, which features recently purchased special collections material:


To keep up with all that’s going on both in the Digital Collections and Watson Library, please “like” us on Facebook!


Henry Gurdon Marquand Papers

New York financier Henry Gurdon Marquand (1819-1902) was a member of the Provisional Committee to establish a museum of art in New York City (1869), an early Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1871-1902), Treasurer (1883-1889), and its second President (1889-1902). For over three decades Marquand spent his fortune carefully acquiring artwork to decorate his Madison Avenue mansion and to enlarge the Metropolitan’s then modest holdings. The Henry Gurdon Marquand Papers contain correspondence with artists and dealers, receipts, inventories, and notes that document his activity as an art collector and patron of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Click here to access the online finding aid for the collection.

The Marquand Papers are housed in The Metropolitan Museum Archives. All original items and their searchable transcripts are available online in this collection.

Marquand1Above is a telegram from landscape and genre painter George Henry Boughton to Marquand from the collection.

Knoedler and Company Exhibition Catalogs

We recently completed scanning 898 catalogs and checklists published by Knoedler & Company between 1869 and 1946, comprising almost 14,000 pages of content. Below is the cover from a 1926 exhibition catalog on wax portraits by Ethel Frances Mundy:


Knoedler & Company, established in the United States in 1857, was among the most important art dealers in New York City. Representing artists with an international scope, Knoedler’s strength was in exhibiting and selling contemporary art. For instance, five months after the death of legendary Swedish artist Anders Zorn, an exhibition of the artist’s work was held at Knoedler & Company (in January, 1921).  Featured below is a photograph from this catalog, with the caption “Anders Zorn, last photograph of the artist, died August 22nd, 1920”:


Following our successful collaboration with the Frick Art Reference Library on the Macbeth Gallery Exhibition Catalogs project, we worked with the Arcade libraries (Frick Art Reference Library, Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives, and the Museum of Modern Art Library) and Knoedler & Company to identify exhibition catalogs, pamphlets, and checklists in our collections to create a series that is as complete as possible. Here’s the cover of a 1936 Alexandre Iacovleff exhibition catalog from the Frick Art Reference Library:


More information on Knoedler & Company can be found through the Getty Research Institute, which has the Knoedler Gallery Archive. There’s also this article on The Getty Iris titled, “Treasures from the Vault: Knoedler, Mellon, and an Unlikely Sale,” that will be of interest to people curious to learn more about this important art dealer.

To browse all 898 items in the Digital Collections, click here.

Funding for this project was provided by the Lifchez-Stronach Preservation Fund for the Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Written by William Blueher and Dan Lipcan