For immediate release: August 11, 2011
Thanks to a prestigious grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) will integrate its archives of American artist brothers Maurice and Charles Prendergast, into the museum’s permanent collection. The three-year project will also include digitally photographing the entire Prendergast collection of fine art and archives, including paintings, works on paper, hand-carved frames, sketchbooks, decorative arts, letters, documents, ephemera, and carving tools. The project will create new database records and link new high-resolution images to the museum’s collection management system. The new digital images and records will be made available to the public via the museum’s web site and a virtual research center, the Prendergast Archive and Study Center. In 2009 WCMA received an IMLS grant to digitize its Indian and Asian works of art. The new grant continues the museum’s goal of digitizing its entire collection.