Iconic photos of a changing city, and commentary on our Collections & Exhibitions from the crew at MCNY.org
Welcome to the Museum of the City of New York’s Collections Blog. Since the blog launched in June of 2011, we’ve shared over 100 posts about our collections objects and the activities that go on in the Collections Department. You’ll hear from our photographers and catalogers as they share some of the stories behind the objects that are currently being digitized; get a sneak peek at material before it’s available on the online Collections Portal; hear from the archivists and curators who care for the collections; and experience what goes on behind the scenes of exhibition installations courtesy of the exhibitions team.
The Museum is committed to providing access to its collection, which includes nearly a million objects across collections of prints, photographs, drawings, manuscripts, ephemera, objects related to the theater, costumes, textiles, furniture, decorative arts, paintings, sculpture, and more. Since the Portal launched in December of 2010, we’ve uploaded more than 125,000 images. The digital project is staffed by two catalogers and two photographers, whose work is made possible by many generous funders.
As a complement to both the online Collections Portal and this blog, the Museum has created a “catablog” to provide short descriptions of discrete collections via blog posts in order to increase access to archival collections still awaiting digitization. When available, the posts also link to the full archival finding aid for a collection, and any materials from the collection that have been digitized and made available on the portal. The posts have been tagged with relevant subject terms, and are searchable, allowing researchers to navigate through previously undiscoverable collections.
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