Prendergast Archive and Study Center

Prendergast Archive and Study Center

Digitization Blog

The Williams College Museum of Art is home to the world’s largest repository of the work of the artist brothers Maurice Prendergast (1858–1924) and Charles Prendergast (1863–1948). Throughout these web pages, you can learn more about the collection itself and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the museum staff’s efforts to digitize the Prendergast collection for the purpose of increasing access to these resources. These collections, as well as their family archives, came to the museum during the years 1983 to 1995 for research and educational purposes.

Header image: watercolor, pencil and ink on paper by Maurice Brazil Prendergast; Fantasy. ca. 1912-1915 (83.20.2).

Sketches and notes in the Prendergast Book Collection

Ravenna: Artistic Italy, Vol. 2

Our next photo session begins on Monday, March 4, 2013. In preparation I’ve been looking through the pages of the Prendergast book collection in search of notations, inscriptions, and sketches as well as interesting images for the photographers to shoot.

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First Photo Shoot of the New Year!


We now have 104 images of books from the Prendergast Study Center. The collection ranges in date from 1666 through 1953 and covers a wide variety of topics including travel guides and maps of Italy and France, exhibition catalogs, works from well-known authors such as Voltaire, Rousseau, Virgil, Hugo, Shakespeare, Milton and Cicero, as well as several books on art.

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Charles Prendergast: Behind the Scenes


We are now in the midst of digitizing Charles Prendergast’s tools. Take a look, then check back in the future as we digitize more objects connected to the behind-the-scenes artistic processes of the Prendergasts!

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