NEWS via ARTstor Feb 07 Newsletter (v.8):
Collections: New Collaborations
Pre-Columbian and World Archeology from the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, Harvard University
ARTstor has reached an agreement with the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, through which ARTstor will distribute digital images related to Pre-Columbian archaeology, as well as images of Pre-Columbian, African, Native North American, and Oceanic objects from the museum's collections. Approximately 55,000 images are from the photographic archives of the Carnegie Institution of Washington (CIW) which document early archaeological excavations throughout Central America. ARTstor will also distribute up to 90,000 digital images of the Peabody Museum's remarkable collections of archaeological artifacts and art objects.
Native American Ledger Drawings
Now available to ARTstor users are approximately 2,000 Plains Indian ledger drawings from the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution. Mostly produced in the middle to late decades of the 19th century, these drawings represent an important indigenous artistic tradition of great and increasing interest to art historians and other scholars.
via ARTstor: Upcoming Collaborations
Collaborative Agreement Reached Between the Art and Art History Department of the University of Texas at Austin, and ARTstor: Ferguson/Royce Archive of Pre-Columbian Photography
ARTstor and the Art and Art History Department at The University of Texas at Austin are pleased to announce that they will collaborate to digitize and distribute the Ferguson/Royce Archive. The Ferguson/Royce Archive consists of approximately 5,200 negatives, created by William Ferguson and John Q. Royce and depicting views of Mesoamerican and Southwest United States sites. William Ferguson and John Q. Royce were amateur archaeologists and aviators who devoted themselves to documenting from the air the major Pre-Columbian ruins. Their photography is best known from publications they authored, together or individually. These books include: Maya Ruins in Central America in color: Tikal, Copan, and Quirigua, 1984; Maya ruins of Mexico in color: Palenque, Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, Xlapak, Labná, Chichén Itzá, Cobá, Tulum, 1977; Anasazi ruins of the Southwest in Color, 1991; The Anasazi of Mesa Verde and the Four Corners, 1996; and Mesoamerica's Ancient Cities: Aerial Views of Pre-Columbian Ruins in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras, 1990.
The Ferguson/Royce Archive represents a photographic portrayal of many of the major Pre-Columbian sites in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras. Magnificent aerial views, as well as ground photographs, provide glimpses of these ancient cities rarely seen by most visitors, often capturing vistas that preserve specific moments in the history of the discovery and excavation of these sites.
Dr. Julia Guernsey, who teaches Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican Art at UT Austin and is a frequent user of the Ferguson/Royce Archive, attests to the importance of this collaboration. "The Ferguson/Royce archive is a rich resource for students and scholars, as it provides rare views of sites and monuments, many of which would be impossible to duplicate today. Having the resource available online in a digitized form through ARTstor will be invaluable for both research and teaching." Max Marmor, ARTstor's Director of Collection Development, adds: "Our partnership with the Art and Art History Department at The University of Texas at Austin will significantly advance ARTstor's effort to provide a rich body of images of Pre-Columbian art and archaeology, for use by teachers, students and scholars. This is one of several important ARTstor projects involving the rich collections of The University of Texas at Austin.