Library and Archives Focus Exhibit – Book Cover Binding and Design Now Up!

We are thrilled to have our most ambitious library and archives focus exhibit to date open for visitors. This is some serious eye candy for book cover design fans. Here are just a few pics from the show but it really is worth seeing them in person.  You have some time, the show is up until February 19, 2016.

The Currier Museum of the 1950’s

This year marks twenty five years of tours for the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Zimmerman House. To celebrate, the Museum’s After Hours event for August is a 1950’s themed bash. The library and archives focus exhibit will be open for view and we’ll have some scrapbooks and exhibition catalogs from the 50’s for visitors to peruse. This was a busy decade for the Currier. Check out some selections below!

DigitalCurrier – A digital library from the Currier Museum of Art Reference Library and Archives

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The Midsummer edition of the The Bulletin from 1946.

DigitalCurrier is the first initiative of its kind for the Currier Museum of Art. The Museum Archives, located on the basement level of the museum, contain the institutional records of the institution from its inception in 1914 and opening in 1929 to the present. DigitalCurrier aims to provide high quality scans of Currier Museum of Art publications for educational use. DigitalCurrier currently includes all of the issues of the Museum’s first publication, The Bulletin, published between 1929 – 1994, as well as several dozen exhibition catalogs.

Search the collections here: http://currierartarchives.omeka.net/ 

Focus Exhibit: Modern Architecture in Manchester: The Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Zimmerman House

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Our current library and archives focus exhibit will close on August 9. Be sure to come by and see it before then! 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of public tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House. Through August, the … Continue reading

Friday Finds (on Thursday): Maxfield Parrish Prep

Curators often work with the library and archives collections in preparation for upcoming shows. Today we pulled out Italian Villas and Their Gardens by Edith Wharton illustrated with pictures by Maxfield Parrish, as part of the research for our show Maxfield Parrish: The Power of the Print. Parrish produced an abundance of work for a variety of products and publications.  Parrish often produced publications for Century Magazine. This book written by Edith Wharton and published in 1904 was commissioned by the editor of Century Magazine.  You’ll learn a bit more about the publication itself and Parrish’s work in the exhibit but for now we wanted to share just a few images of the book and some ephemera tucked inside the pages that distinguishes our copy from others. This book was donated by Henry Melville Fuller, a great benefactor of the Currier Museum of Art. Inside the pages were tucked a coloring page of a gray squirrel, the booksellers stamp from the Boston book dealer where the book was originally purchased and a sheet of paper watermarked Old Berkshire Mills which appears to be contemporaneous to the publication of the book.