Pivot Media has completed its final in-house photo shoot for the Institute of Museum and Library Services Prendergast digitization project grant. This photo shoot session signifies the culmination of year two of the Prendergast digitization project, meaning that we are right on track as we begin the third and final year.
For the final photo session we continued to shoot personal material including correspondence letters between members of some of the most well-known and powerful American families such as the Kennedys and the Rockefellers.
President John F Kennedy took such an interest in the artwork of Maurice that he readily accepted Maurice’s 1896 painting “Boston Harbor” as a gift to be displayed at the White House. The Rockefellers also took a deep interest in the artwork of the Prendergast brothers and several family members were avid art collectors of their work.
Our records reveal correspondence with several members of the Rockefeller family including Laurance, his wife Mary, and Peggy Rockefeller.
In addition to letters of correspondence we also shot Prendergast sketches, which we found on the pages of address and recipe books. As you can see from these images, some of the sketches were fairly detailed.
As we commence year three, we will continue the process of prepping archival materials for scanning at Pivot Media’s studio in Florence, MA. In addition to the digitization of remaining archival materials we will also compile finding guides for Prendergast papers and correspondence, which we will make available via our website. Other goals include the prepping and uploading of new and historical content to the Prendergast Archive and Study Center (PASC) webpages and finally the submission of digital images and metadata to ArtStor.