I’m so excited to see artist files recently appear as a Library of Congress genre and form heading. I think it does a nice job of pulling together authoritative sources to help define artist files. I particuarly like the succinct scope note, which does not attempt to supply an exhaustive list of formats that might be in an artist file (which I think is impossible!).
Thirty-three SIG members met at the New York Public Library Picture Collection reading room to discuss a number of topics. One of the outcomes of the meeting was approval of an updated mission statement, which now has been updated on artistfiles.arlisna.org. The SIG thanks Vinny Rutigliano for presenting on the NYPL artist files collection.
So I was giving a tour of the library to the Fort Worth Library’s new director, Manya Shorr, when I stumbled across an anomaly in our artist files collection: a file on Peru-based artist Eduardo Moll. Our collection is peppered with examples like this that reach back to the 1960s when were collecting material on international artists. Now we focus more tightly on U.S.-based artists. I’ll bet many artist files collections have similar surprises, which, after all, is a characteristic that make artist files so interesting. This folded sheet was the only item in the file. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, is the only institution with holdings in WorldCat. Coincidentally, Sherman Clark shares that Moll passed away in January.