From the Delaware Art Museum:
The Delaware Art Museum recently launched its new web-based platform with the Delaware Heritage Collection, allowing selections from the Museum’s 2,000 linear feet of archival material to be seen from anywhere in the world. Original letters from Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti to his mistress, photographs of artist and illustrator John Sloan in his studio, and scrapbooks chronicling the Museum’s history are some of the materials now available online through the new Digital Collections portal.
The Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives has embarked upon a digitization initiative to provide free access to our most significant collections, including the John Sloan, Howard Pyle, and Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft, Jr. Pre-Raphaelite Manuscript Collections. The archives are available through the Delaware Heritage Collection, an online portal supported by the Delaware Division of Libraries at delart.org. Visitors to this new online resource are able to browse the Museum’s collections, search for specific objects, view images, and read transcripts.
To date, there are 500 archival items available online and more items are added daily. Reflecting research requests, most of the online archives are focused on the Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and John Sloan collections. This spring, in coordination with the exhibition No Jury, No Prizes: The Society of Independent Artists, 1917-1944, the Museum added over 150 items related to the Society of Independent Artists. As part of the phased plan, the Museum will add over 8,000 John Sloan archival items. The informative database will allow the Delaware Art Museum to carry out its core mission of connecting people to art.
The digitized archival collections complement and enhance the Museum’s current online collection website. Over 75% of the Museum’s 12,000-object collection is already searchable on its website. Digitizing the one-of-a-kind archival materials makes them available to a broader audience and increases the visibility of the rich and unique holdings beyond the region.