The Palmer Museum of Art’s collection is now available online, thanks to the efforts of the Department of Art History’s Visual Resources Centre (VRC), with the assistance of Publishing and Curation Services in the University Libraries and the Palmer Museum staff. Representing more than 7,000 works, the collection is publicly accessible through the University Libraries Digital Collections at libraries.psu.edu/psul/digital/palmer.html.
Efforts to put the Palmer’s collection online began in 2013. After museum registrar Beverly Sutley provided high-quality digital images of many of the Palmer works to the VRC for its teaching collection — which is available to Penn State users only — VRC staff Carolyn Lucarelli and Catherine Adams worked with the University Libraries to have the Palmer collection posted publicly. It is now part of the Libraries’ Digital Collections, which number close to 100 and cover a wide range of subject areas, including agriculture, the Civil War era, geology and geography of Pennsylvania, labor history, and Pennsylvania history.
The collection can be searched easily through a variety of search terms, including artist name, time period, type of media used, culture, and donor of the work.
While each item in the Palmer now has a digital record, not all items have images. Images will be added as funds become available to hire a fine art photographer to continue photographing the collection.