Beginning late summer 2017, the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Museum of Art will participate in the NDSR Art program as host institutions for residencies focused on digital stewardship of art information. Their NDSR Art projects address the conservation and preservation of time-based media, long-term access to digital publications and artworks, and strategies for sustaining born-digital assets.
NDSR Art residents will share their discoveries with the greater ARLIS/NA community and local chapters. You can read about the residents and their projects on the program website.
Please be sure to introduce yourselves to your local residents, Coral Salomón and Elise Tanner, at events and stay tuned for NDSR Art learning opportunities throughout the year!
The National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) Art is an iteration of the NDSR program that began in 2013, with a pilot project developed by the Library of Congress in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The NDSR program was developed to bridge the gap between existing, well developed classroom education and the need for more direct professional experience in the field. The program serves several different populations: students interested in the field of digital stewardship, partnering institutions, and the broader cultural heritage community. The mission of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) is to build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance our nation’s capabilities in managing, preserving, and making accessible the digital record of human achievement.
NDSR Art adapts and expands the NDSR model by addressing issues of digital preservation and stewardship in relation to the arts, with a particular focus on new media and copyright. The program will support two nationally dispersed cohorts – each consisting of four recent postgraduates placed in host institutions for twelve-month residencies.
NDSR Art is funded by a grant from the IMLS, and administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in partnership with the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA).
The Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is happy to announce the launch of its first digital archive, which documents the formation of the museum’s world-renowned Fabergé and Russian decorative arts collection at http://faberge.vmfa.museum/. This project was made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence.
Bequeathed to the museum upon her death in 1947, Lillian Thomas Pratt’s Fabergé collection consistently remains one of the highlights of the museum’s permanent collection. In 1917, Pratt married her second husband, John Lee Pratt, a self-made millionaire engineer and businessman with General Motors. She began purchasing her collection of over 500 items, while accompanying her husband on business trips to New York City in the 1930s and 1940s. She eventually bought five of the 52 Russian Imperial Easter Eggs created by the Fabergé firm. Comprised of correspondence, invoices, price tags, and detailed item descriptions, the archive illuminates Pratt’s mind as a collector, as well as the close relationship she formed with New York based art dealers Alexander and Ray Schaffer, owners of the prominent art and antiques gallery A La Vieille Russie.
In all, over 700 items have been digitized, resulting in 1,500 downloadable image files, all of which are available to the public via a new online portal dedicated to digital resources about Fabergé and Russian decorative arts. The website provides access to the digitized Pratt archive, newly filmed videos of the Imperial Easter Eggs opening, new 360° views of the Imperial Easter Eggs, and downloadable resources for educators. The website also links to the new free Fabergé at VMFA mobile application that allows users to explore the collection through five different historical perspectives and design and share a Fabergé mini egg.
Powered by Piction, the museum’s digital asset management system, the launch of the portal coincides with the highly anticipated return of the Fabergé collection, which will be displayed in a new suite of renovated galleries opening to the public on October 22.
Courtney Yevich Tkacz
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
200 N. Boulevard / Richmond, VA 23220-4007
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