and Baroque collection "treasure
Professor of Art History Sarah C. McPhee displays selections
from a fifteen-thousand-volume collection of rare art history
acquisition of a collection of fifteen thousand volumes of Italian
Renaissance and Baroque treatises, guidebooks, and poetry is expected
to greatly enhance the Universitys eight-year-old doctoral
program in art history.
The new material
transforms the holdings of the library in art history, says
department chair Clark V. Poling. Students and faculty in
disciplines across the arts, humanities, and history will benefit
from this new treasure.
includes sixteenth-century architectural volumes and a seventeenth-century
guidebook to Roman monuments, as well as some two thousand rare
A substantial amount
of Northern European material is included from the same periods,
so the collection [also] chronicles the issues and debates
of art history in its infancy in nineteenth-century Vienna,
says Assistant Professor of Art History Sarah C. McPhee.
Housed in Woodruff
Library, the acquisition is from a private collection built from
1895 to 1990 and brings the librarys total holdings in art
history to nearly seventy thousand volumes. The University purchased
the collection in February 1998.
Given the long
tradition of scholarship on the Renaissance and Baroque periods,
there is a great universe of publications, but many of them are
so scarce that we could never have obtained them on an individual
basis, says Director of Library Collections Jane B. Treadwell.
This represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to assemble
a research-level collection of this importance.G.F.