Arcade | New York Art Resources Consortium

About Arcade

Arcade unites the collections of the Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries of the Brooklyn Museum and The Museum of Modern Art, three of the founding members of NYARC. Arcade is the outcome of grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation which targeted the development of an online catalog to provide a strong foundation for moving ahead on multiple collaborative initiatives.

Containing more than 900,000 records, Arcade provides access to research collections spanning the spectrum of art history, from ancient Egypt to contemporary art. These resources, many uniquely held, include exhibition and art collection catalogs, monographs and periodicals, rare books, photograph collections, artists' books, files on artists, auction catalogs, archives (textual and visual), digital resources, and specialized databases. Built on Innovative Interfaces Inc.'s Millennium platform, Arcade was launched in January 2009.

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In 2011, records documenting over 125,000 cataloged works of art from the Frick's Photoarchive were added to Arcade, creating the first publicly accessible interface for this valuable research collection. The Photoarchive contains an estimated 1.2 million images and cataloging of the collection is ongoing.

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Arcade is included in – Virtual Catalogue for Art History., formerly known as the Virtueller Katalog Kunstgeschichte (VKK), provides access to over 8 million bibliographic records for periodicals, conference papers, festschriften, auction catalogues, exhibition catalogues and much more. Along with the catalogues of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Thomas J. Watson Library and the Getty Research Institute Research Library, Arcade is one of only three U.S. library catalogues included in this international search portal for the discovery of art resources. Arcade's participation in is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Arcade was developed through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Many staff members across the three institutions contributed to the initial development of Arcade, and continue to enhance the catalog to provide the best access possible to our collections.

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