Marquand Library - Microforms Major Collections
Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology
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Microforms: selected major collections
Cicognara Library (Microfiche 5)
The Cicognara Library: Literary Sources in the History of Art and Kindred Subjects, edited by Philipp Fehl and Lizabeth Wilson (Urbana, IL): Leopoldo Cicognara Program, University of Illinois Library, in association with the Vatican Library. Microfiche.
The Cicognara microforms reproduce the complete collection of the Cicognara Library, now in the Vatican Library. The collection, assembled by Leopoldo Cicognara in the early-nineteenth century, consists of approximately 5,000 books on art and related topics and ranges from the sixteenth through the early-nineteenth century.
A guide to the collection, Catalogo ragionato dei libri d'arte e d'antichità posseduti dal conte Cicognara, is available in Marquand Library's reference room at Z5939 .C568 1821; please ask at the front desk for assistance. A photocopy of the Catalogo is also available above the microfiche cabinets on the 2nd floor. To use the Catalogo, consult the index at the end, listing all books by author. That entry will give you the Cicognara number. Once you have the Cicognara number, consult our list of fiche, to determine which Vatican Unit the book is in, and therefore which microfiche cabinet houses the relevant fiche.
History of Photography (Microfilm S00017, Monographs, and S00018, Periodicals)
Marquand has a significant collection of history of photography materials in microform. It includes Photographica: A Subject Catalog of Books on Photography, which also contains articles and pamphlets concerning photography; the Victoria and Albert Museum Photographic Collection, 1843-1915; Photographs from the Collections of the Department of Prints and Photographs, Bibliotheque Nationale; as well as many early periodicals concerning photography. The "History of Photography" collection contains more than 2,100 monographs and periodicals published between 1830 and the early 1900s. Primary Source Microfilm has produced a guide to this collection (go to "H" on the list), which can be viewed or downloaded (and a copy is available near the microfilm reels on the 2nd Floor). Individuals records are available in the library catalog.
Museum of Modern Art Artist Files (Microfiche 7)
5,699 microfiche containing prints, textual, and biographical materials from journals, newspapers, gallery exhibitions, etc., arranged alphabetically by artist's name. This file is particularly useful for information on regional and lesser-known artists. It includes an index of artists' names.
New York Public Library Artists File (Microfiche 42)
10,878 microfiche containing records, clippings, and other ephemera regarding artists. Arranged alphabetically by artist's last name. This file is particularly useful for information on regional and lesser-known artists. One must consult the index first, on fiche, to determine whether content exists for a particular name. (One may also wish to consult Microfiche 8, the NYPL Print File, for artists who produced prints. It is also arranged by artist name.)