The Gilded Age witnessed large and valuable private collections disposed of at auction. New York City played an important role in this burgeoning market. Auction catalogs from these sales provide vast information into the world of collecting, art history, provenance, artists, art movements and the history of collecting. Numerous catalogues have annotations that document the buyer and price. A few items that can also be found in the catalogues include scrap paper, handwritten tallies, letters from the auction houses, and news clippings. Materials from the Frick Art Reference Library and Archive and The William Randolph Hearst Archive, LIU Post comprise this collection. Along with auction catalogs other archival material was digitized, including sales records and photos. Spanning the period from 1876 to 1922, this collection documents the importance of auction catalogues and sales that played a pivotal role in the history of collecting in New York City. 19,294 objects were digitized and 104 MARC records were created for the digital versions of the catalogs. The majority of the auction catalogs digitized were for auctions held by American Art Association.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
The catalogs and archival material are available in print form in the libraries of the Frick Art Reference Library and the William Randolph Hearst Archive, Long Island University. The digital versions may be searched and viewed in Arcade.