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Digitized material from selected archival collections held by The Cloisters Library and Archives, including photo albums, scholar and dealer records, and finding aids and container lists.

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BrummerThe Brummer Gallery Records features over 14,000 object accession cards from the legendary Brummer Galleries. Also included is correspondence, inventory and sale binders, business and personal photographs, and over 4,000 address cards for the gallery's clients, contemporary artists, staff, service providers, art critics, and scholars. See The Brummer Gallery Records: Finding Aid  for the complete Brummer holdings in The Cloisters Archives, including non-digitized material.




StoraThe Raphael Stora Negative Collection and Sales Invoices contains images representing over 1,000 artworks that were held in the gallery of the art dealer Raphael Stora, ca. 1930s-1950s. The collection also includes 38 xeroxed invoices for objects sold ca. 1955. See the entire Stora Negatives Collection Container List





Cloisters constructionThe Cloisters Construction Photo Album  is an unbound album of black and white photographs by Irving Underhill of the construction of The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 6th, 1935 to January 5, 1938.






The Cloisters  photographs 1938The Cloisters: Photographs 1938  includes three bound albums of black and white photographs, produced upon the opening of The Cloisters:

      • Volume 1 (114 photos): exterior views, Main Hall, Romanesque Hall, St. Guilhem-le-Désert cloister, Langon chapel.
      • Volume 2 (110 photos): Pontaut chapter house, Cuxa cloister, Early Gothic Hall, Gothic Chapel, Glass Gallery.
      • Volume 3 (119 photos): Bonnefont cloister and gardens, Trie cloister, Boppard Room, Unicorn Tapestries Hall, Burgos Tapestry Hall, Spanish Room, Late Gothic Hall, temporary exhibitions room, library, administrative and operations areas.



Views of the CloistersViews of The Cloisters is an unbound album of black and white photographs of George Grey Barnard's original Cloisters, produced ca. 1925, around the time of its purchase by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.






Ft TryonFt. Tryon Park Project, New York City, for John D. Rockefeller, Jr.  is an album of photographs of the design and construction of Fort Tryon Park by the Olmsted Brothers firm. Includes images predating the construction of The Cloisters and the George Washington Bridge, as well as sample walls, model of the park, the Hudson River, and the C.K.G. Billings' estate. Photos date from ca. 1913-1933 and are not mounted in chronological order.




The Sumner McKnight Crosby Papers: Finding Aid:  Sumner McKnight Crosby (1909-1982) was a historian of medieval art and architecture, whose many contributions to the field placed him among the preeminent medieval scholars of his day. This collection pertains to his work on the royal abbey of Saint-Denis in France.




The Harry Bober Papers: Finding Aid:  The Harry Bober Papers (1930s-1988) contain the research notes, correspondence, lectures, reprints, photographs, slides, and negatives collected throughout Bober's career as a medieval art historian. The papers reflect the diversity of Bober's knowledge and achievements in the field of medieval art and contain documents generated by Bober as professor, lecturer, scholarly author, editor, art dealers' consultant, and private collector. 




The George Grey Barnard Papers, 1889-1967: Finding Aid:  This collection contains a wide variety of archival material that documents the public and private life of American sculptor and founder of the original Cloisters collection, George Grey Barnard (1863-1938). Material includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, sketches, card files, notebooks, small clay models, miscellaneous artifacts, postcards, flyers, pamphlets, and business records relating largely to his medieval art collections. 




The James J. Rorimer Papers, 1927-1966: Finding Aid:  Contains a rich and varied assortment of archival materials that document the career of James Joseph Rorimer (1905-1966), curator of medieval art, director of The Cloisters museum, and director of the Metropolitan Museum. The bulk of the collection comprises correspondence, research notes, typescript and handwritten drafts of various lectures and publications written while working for The Cloisters and The Met, and administrative records relating to The Cloisters' annual budget and daily activities.




The William H. Forsyth Papers, 1930-1994: Finding Aid:  William H. Forsyth (1907-2003) was a leading American scholar in the study of medieval European sculpture and served as a curator at The Cloisters and the Medieval Art Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1934 to 1971. The bulk of these papers consist of research notes relating to his major publications and studies.




The Jane Hayward Papers, 1940-1999: Finding Aid:   This collections documents the career of stained glass scholar and Cloisters curator Jane Hayward (1918-1994). The bulk of the collection comprises correspondence, research and teaching notes and drafts, written in association with her work at The Cloisters and The Met as well as with the International Center of Medieval Art, the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi, and the Census on American Stained Glass.




The Sabrina Longland Papers, 1960-1969: Finding Aid: The papers of Sabrina Longland held by The Cloisters Archives predominantly center around scholarship she carried out on The Cloisters / Bury St. Edmunds Cross in preparation for published works. Contents include notes, correspondence, study photos, and manuscripts.




The Cloisters Photograph Collection: Container List  contains an estimated 4000 miscellaneous-sized black and white photographs, dry-mounted onto boards measuring approximately 10" x 14". General subjects include: views of The Cloisters; views of the "old" George Grey Barnard-era installations of Cloisters objects, before they were installed on the present site; special events at the museum; art objects from The Cloisters collection; and medieval objects from other museums or in situ, arranged by medium.




The Georges Demotte Photograph Collection: Container List  spans 90 boxes (28 linear feet) and contains an estimated 3600 photographs of objects from the galleries of art dealer Georges Demotte (1877-1923). This collection focused on medieval art and is now dispersed in museums and private collections throughout the U.S. and world.



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