Scope and Contents
The glass plate negatives of the Provincetown Art Colony measure 0.44 linear feet and 0.116 GB and date from 1916 and include images believed to have been taken for A. J. Philpott's August 1916 Boston Globe article entitled "Biggest Art Colony in the World at Provincetown. In addition to the twelve glass plate images of artists at work in Provincetown, including George Elmer and E. Ambrose Webster, the collection includes the original negative box, a circa 2006 photocopy of Philpott's article, and digital copies of the glass plates.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Eight negatives were donated 2006 by Stephen Borkowski, chair of the Provincetown Art Commission. Borkowski purchased the negatives at a flea market in Boston in 1996 or 1997. He was told they were from the estate of a Boston Globe photographer. Borkowski made the donation in honor of Vivian Bullaudy, friend and colleague who curated an exhibition on Provincetown artists. The additional four negatives were donated in 2008 jointly by Stephen Borkowski, chairman of the Provincetown Art Commission, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
The Archives of American Art also holds the microfilm for the Provincetown Art Association records and photographs, 1914-circa 1975.
This collection were digitized with funding provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
The glass plate negatives were re-housed in 2015 with a grant from the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund. The collection was processed and a finding aid written by Stephanie Ashley in 2018 and digitized in 2019 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Born-digital materials were processed by Kirsi Ritosalmi-Kisner in 2019 with funding provided by Smithsonian Collection Care and Preservation Fund.