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Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications

Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications from the collections of The Metropolitan Museum Libraries and Metropolitan Museum Archives. All known publications from 1869-1989, along with a selection of later titles, are part of this collection. Additionally, thanks to the Museum's Digital Media and Editorial Departments, all full-text …

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications

Rare Books in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries

This collection contains rare, valuable, and important works held in the Thomas J. Watson Library and other curatorial department libraries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Gifts from J. Pierpont Morgan, Samuel Putnam Avery, and other founders and early trustees of the Museum established the foundation of the Libraries' rare book …

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Rare Books in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries

75th Anniversary Committee Announcement Luncheon

On January 19, 1946, The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted a luncheon to commemorate its 75th anniversary.  The speakers touched upon the history of the Museum, its place in New York, America and the world, and the development of future plans for the Museum.

 

This collection includes photographs of the luncheon and sound recordings …

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75th Anniversary Committee Announcement Luncheon

American Decorated Publishers Bindings

Watson Library’s developing collection of American artist-designed trade bindings, published from 1830 to 1930. This is a representative collection of decorated bindings, by a wide variety of artists and designers, from the major art movements of the period, including Aesthetic, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Major and …

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American Decorated Publishers Bindings

Bookbinding and Book Collecting

Items from the Museum Libraries about bookbinding and book collecting.  

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In 1878 William Loring Andrews became a trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and served as its first librarian. The William Loring Andrews Books on Book Collecting and Bookbinding is a selection of …

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Bookbinding and Book Collecting

About the collections



The Thomas J. Watson Library is a world-renowned research collection with over 900,000 volumes. It is The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s central research library, and its mission is to support the research activities of the Museum staff; in addition, it serves an international community of scholars. Holdings reflect the Museum’s encyclopedic collections, with emphasis on European and American art, architecture, and decorative arts, ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Asian, and Islamic art, as well as an extensive collection of clippings and other ephemera relating to the Museum’s history.

The primary mission of the Watson Library Digitization Initiative is to expand access to the Library’s rare and unique materials by developing, supporting, and promoting a distinctive digital collection of these items.

The initiative will target materials that fall outside the parameters of other major digitization efforts, such as Google Books or the Internet Archive, and make them accessible to support the scholarly endeavors of Metropolitan Museum of Art staff and an international community of researchers.

 

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