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SUBMITTAL INFORMATION:

Submitted By
Jon Evans
Your Email Address
jevans at mfah.org
Institution Name/Parent Organization
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Department Name
Hirsch Library

INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION:

Institutional/Departmental Overview
The Hirsch Library is one of the largest and strongest art research libraries in the Southwest. Established in the 1920s, the Library began as a modest collection of reference books. In 1981, the Library was named in honor of General Maurice Hirsch and Winifred Hirsch, who established the Library’s generous endowment. In 2001, the Hirsch Library doubled its size and now occupies two floors (nearly 8,400 square feet) of the Caroline Wiess Law Building.

The Hirsch Library supports scholarly research on the collections and exhibitions presented at the MFAH, serving the Houston art community and beyond for more than 80 years. The Library’s collection reflects the encyclopedic nature of the museum’s collection. Of note are the research materials that advance knowledge of Impressionist and
Post-Impressionist painting, Renaissance and Baroque art, photography, Modern and contemporary art, European and American decorative arts, African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian art, and prints and drawings.

The Library collection numbers more than 140,000 items on the fine and applied arts, art history, art theory, photography, and film with extensive holdings of art exhibition catalogues, monographs, theses and dissertations, collection catalogues, and periodicals. Additionally, the collection has rich holdings of auction catalogues that total more than 25,000 items dating back to the 19th century. The Hirsch Library also houses a substantial collection of artist files that documents more than 25,000 individuals. These collections are freely searchable through the Library’s on-line catalog: http://www.mfah.org/library/

Approximately 6,500 new items are added to the Hirsch Library annually through purchases, gifts, and by exchange with more than 130 museums worldwide. A predominant number of the Library’s holdings are in English, while there are also significant holdings in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Dutch.

Recent notable gifts to the Library include the Manfred Heiting photographic book collection (3,000 volumes) and the Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio ceramic book collection (2,500 volumes), both of which complement and add significant depth to the Library’s existing holdings in these areas.

The Hirsch Library is open at no charge to members of the public nearly forty hours per week, making it one of the most accessible art museum research libraries in the country. The Library’s experienced reference staff answers over 7,000 queries a year from museum visitors, area art history students, art collectors, dealers, appraisers, and MFAH curators, staff and docents. Library staff members also provide instruction and orientation sessions to university art history students, docents, and museum staff. The Library staff is made up of five ALA-accredited professional librarians and three FTE para-professionals.

An elegant and well-lit reading room provides readers with a comfortable space in which to conduct research in a state-of-the-art facility. Access to the digital environment is provided through an extensive array of key art research databases, as well as free on-line tools from its on-line resources room.

Institution Type 1
Museum
Institution Type 2
Library
Institution Type Other
Mailing Name
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Physical Address
1001 Bissonnet St.
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 6826
City
Houston
State
TX
Province
Zipcode
77005 (physical); 77265-6826 (mailing)
Country
USA
Contact
Jon Evans
Position
Director, Hirsh Library
Email
jevans at mfah.org
Telephone
713.639.7393
Institutional Website
http://www.mfah.org/library
Library Catalog Website
http://www.hirsch.mfah.org
Webpage Dedicated to Artist Files
NA

COLLECTION INFORMATION:

General Descripton of Artist Files Collection

Collection Size (check all that apply):

Feet
Yes
Enter Feet
500
Meters
No
Enter Meters
Number of files
Yes
Enter Number of files
25,000
Number of cabinets
Yes
Enter Number of cabinets
4 rotating files units (each unit comprise of 18 eight ft. shelves)

Organizational Structure (check all that apply):

Organizational Structure 1
Alphabetical
Organizational Structure 2
Organizational Structure 3
Organizational Structure 4
Organizational Structure 5

Cataloging Method:

LC/Dewey
Yes
Subject-in-house
No
Other

Bibliographic Utility:

Local Catalog/Software
Yes
MS Office Access
No
MS Office Excel
No
OCLC
No
Other
No

Present or future digitization plans or activities:

Plans

Language of Materials:

Chinese
Yes
Dutch
Yes
English
Yes
Farsi
French
Yes
German
Yes
Hebrew
Yes
Italian
Yes
Japanese
Yes
Korean
Yes
Portuguese
Yes
Russian
Yes
Spanish
Yes
Language Other

Type of Materials:

Announcements
Yes
Architectural Drawings
Artists' Books
Yes
Artworks
Auction Catalogs
Yes
Biographical Information
Yes
Books
Yes
Brochures
Yes
CD/DVD
Yes
Cultural Artifacts/Materials
Diaries/Journals/Papers
Electronic Files
Yes
Exhibition Catalogs
Yes
Geographic
Groups
Yes
Individual artists
Yes
Institutional Publications
Yes
Institutional/Gallery Records
Yes
Interviews
Yes
Invitations/Private View Cards
Yes
Manuscripts
Memorabilia
Microform/film/fiche
Negatives
Newspaper Clippings
Yes
Newspapers
Official Records
Oral Histories
Pamphlets
Yes
Photographs
Yes
Postcards
Yes
Press Clippings
Yes
Press Kits
Yes
Press Releases
Yes
Printed Works
Yes
Prints
Yes
Price List and/or Checklists
Yes
Realia
Scripts
Serials
Yes
Slides
Yes
Subject
Transcripts
Materials Other

Artistic Styles/Periods:

Classical
Contemporary
Yes
Medieval
Modern
Yes
Renaissance
Yes
Styles/Periods Other

Additional research materials in collection that supplement artist files collection:

Materials

Acquisitions:

Is this an active collection that is being added to by donations or purchases?:

Donations
Yes
Purchases
No

Publicizing Collection Methods: (check all that apply):

Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets
Class visits
Yes
Community Service
Yes
Conference/Conventions
Yes
Directories
Exhibitions
Yes
Library Events
Mailings
Meetings
Yes
Newsletter
Public Lectures/Programs
Publications
Reports
Staff Orientations
Yes
Student Orientations
Yes
Study Guides
Telephone
Yes
Website
Yes
Word of Mouth
Yes
Publicizing Other

ACCESS INFORMATION:

Open All Year (if no, provide dates open)

Available to Public:

Available to Public
Yes
Public Hours (to access Artist Files Collection)
Tues., Wed., Fri., 10-5; Thu., 10-9; Sat., 12-5
Public Hours (Parent Organization)
Tues., Wed., 10-5, Thu., 10-9, Fri., Sat., 10-7, Sun., 12:15-7
Appointment or Reservations Required
No
Public Fee
No
Public Fee Amount

Access Procedures for Public Patrons:

Access Procedures for Public Patrons
Sign in at the reference desk. Request materials from closed stacks using page slips.

Available to Scholars:

Available to Scholars
Yes
Scholar Hours (to access Artist Files Collection)
Tues., Wed., Fri., 10-5; Thu., 10-9; Sat., 12-5
Public Hours (Parent Organization)
Tues., Wed., 10-5, Thu., 10-9, Fri., Sat., 10-7, Sun., 12:15-7
Appointment or Reservations Required
No
Scholar Fee
No
Scholar Fee Amount
Access Procedures for Scholars
Sign in at the reference desk. Request materials from closed stacks using page slips.

Onsite Technology:

Photocopier - B/W
Yes
Photocopier - Color
Yes
Scanner/Digital Imaging
Yes
Web Access
Yes
Workspaces
Yes
Onsite Other
No

Additional Comments:

Additional Comments

Lending and ILL:

Are you willing to photocopy or lend materials?
Yes

If so, under what conditions?:

ARIEL
No
Odyssey
No
Photocopies
Yes
Scans (digital)
Yes
Conditions Other
SHARES member

Agreement:

I have read and agree to the "Submission Form Terms of Use" statement indicated above.
Yes

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