Visual Resources Update September 2023

Visual Resources Update September 2023

Welcome back! We have had a busy summer (7 visiting researchers!) and look forward to both sharing our progress and embarking on new projects in the coming academic year.

ART341 students consult the Day-Klauder scrapbooks

Dark-haired female is sitting at a table looking at large red books.
Student consulting the Day-Klauder scrapbooks in Visual Resources (2-N-7/8 Green Hall).

Visual Resources has been happy to host the students of Prof. Baudez’s class, Art 341: Neo Architectures, from the Renaissance to Postmodernism the last two weeks in September. Students are consulting the Day-Klauder archive, a collection of thirty leather-bound scrapbooks containing images of American and European architecture and architectural details that was used as a kind of visual reference library in the Day-Klauder Architectural firm in Philadelphia, active roughly 1911-1927. Frank Miles Day and Charles Z. Klauder are probably best known for their collegiate buildings, including Princeton’s own Holder Hall.

Grad student working group

Leigh Lieberman has just launched a working group for graduate students in the department who want to learn about and experiment with data management strategies, digital scholarship, and computational methods for their research and teaching. Participants in this working group will learn about the basics of data management; vet digital tools for organizing bibliography and images; explore the complex landscape of digital image permissions; experiment with various platforms for digital exhibitions; and more! The working group’s first meeting will be Monday October 2nd from 4:30-6:00pm in 3-S-15 Green Hall; to RSVP for this session, and to receive information about future working group events, please complete this short form.

Beginning of Mount Athos Project and Digitization

Medieval manuscript page with foliate designs and ornate text (Greek).
Vatopedi Codex 1080 fol. 1r (Kurt Weitzmann Archive)

Visual Resources is proud to be a major part of the project Connecting Histories: The Princeton and Mount Athos Legacy, a multi-year collaborative project that aims to explore and bring awareness to the unique cultural heritage of Mount Athos in Greece and its connection to Princeton. Two excellent undergraduate students have been hired as Digital Image Specialists who are responsible for digitizing some of the many photographic negatives of manuscripts of Mount Athos from the Kurt Weitzmann archive. We are grateful that these positions are funded by A&A and the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies with the support of the Dimitrios and Kalliopi Monoyios Modern Greek Studies Fund.

Interesting resources and projects:

Explore some newly cataloged turn-of-the-century photographs of Paris streets by Eugène Atget at the Getty Museum in this short blog post by Antares Wells.

There are more and more vintage sales catalogs being made available online, which are great resources. Here is one from the Louvre reconstructing the catalog of the Demotte Gallery (roughly 1900-1930).