One of the first projects we undertook upon establishing the Thomas J. Watson Library’s digitization initiative a few years ago was a collaboration with the Department of Photographs and its Joyce F. Menschel Photography Library. The Menschel Library’s holdings in Pictorialist photography exhibition catalogs are unmatched, and provided an easily identifiable batch of valuable research materials with which to begin. The fragile nature of many of these catalogs required great care in handling and scanning their contents.
Malcolm Daniel, senior curator in the Department of Photographs, authored a “Now at the Met” post that explains the importance and context of this collection of exhibition catalogs. We are grateful for the support provided to our digitization initiative by Joyce F. Menschel and the Department of Photographs.