Terra Foundation Center for Digital Collections

Welcome to the Terra Foundation Center for Digital Collections, a virtual repository of a substantial cross-section of the Archives' most significant collections. Since 2005, over 216 archival collections have been digitized and posted online comprising 2.7 million images. In addition, nearly 17,000 documents have been individually cataloged and are accessible through the Search and Browse interface. We invite you to browse and to visit again: content is continuously added.

Learn more about the Background on the Terra Foundation Center for Digital Collections and the Archives' innovative approach to digitization.

Funding is generously provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art

Recently Added

Edmund Tarbell papers

Edmund Tarbell papers

The Edmund Tarbell papers were digitized in 2018, and total 5,483 images. Edmund Charles Tarbell (1862-1938) was a painter and educator based in Boston, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Tarbell was a member of the Ten American Painters. He was considered the leader of the Boston Impressionists and had tremendous influence on his students, who were referred to as "Tarbellites."

Jane Wade papers regarding Curt Valentin

Jane Wade papers

The Jane Wade papers regarding Curt Valentin were digitized in 2018, and total 861 images. Curt Valentin (1902-1952) was a modern art dealer of New York City. In 1937 he opened the Buchholz Gallery on West Forty-Sixth Street. The gallery later moved to West Fifty-Seventh Street and was renamed the Curt Valentin Gallery. Jane Wade was Valentin's assistant and continued to help run the Curt Valentin Gallery until it closed in 1955. 

Chester Dale papers

Chester Dale papers

The Chester Dale papers were digitized in 2018, and total 8,963 images. Chester Dale (1883-1962) was an art collector in New York, New York who amassed one of the world's most complete collections of nineteenth and twentieth century French art.

 

Featured Collections

Leo Castelli Gallery records

Leo Castelli papers

The Leo Castelli Gallery records were digitized in 2015. The bulk of the Exhibition Files and the Photographs Series (Series 3 and 10) have been scanned and total 23,491 images. Leo Castelli Gallery was established in 1957 in New York City by Leo Castelli (1907-1999). Castelli became known as one of the greatest salesmen in the art market and an avid supporter of contemporary art movements.

Esther McCoy papers

Esther McCoy papers

The Esther McCoy papers were digitized in 2010 and total 75,513 images. Esther McCoy (1904-1989) is remembered best for her pioneering work as an architectural historian, critic, and proponent of Southern California modern architecture of the early to mid-twentieth century.

Alma Thomas papers

Alma Thomas papers

The Alma Thomas papers were digitized in 2018 and total 6,741 images. Alma Thomas (1891-1978),  a painter and art educator in Washington, D.C.,  was known for her abstract paintings filled with dense patterns of color, and was considered a major artist of the Washington Color School.

Ray Yoshida papers

Ray Yoshida papers

The Ray Yoshida papers digitized in 2018, and total 6,780 images. Ray Yoshida (1930-2009) was a painter, collagist, and educator in Chicago, Illinois. Yoshida was a member of the Chicago Imagists, a loose and informal group of representational artists from the late 1960s to early 1970s who were influenced by Surrealism and connected to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Bob Thompson papers

Bob Thompson papers

The Bob Thompson papers were digitized in 2017, and total 1,887 images. Bob Thompson (1937-1966) was an African American figurative painter who worked primarily in New York City. Thompson participated in some of the earliest "happenings," somewhat informal art events or gatherings usually involving performance art and music.

Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection

Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection

The Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection was digitized in 2017, and totals 18,430 images. The Federal Art Project (FAP) was one of the Depression-era work-relief programs of the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA). In addition to documenting the work and activities of artists employed on the program,  Federal Art Project photographers documented the activities of other projects under "Federal One," including the Federal Theater and Music Projects. 

Florence Arquin papers

Florence Arquin papers

The Florence Arquin papers were digitized in 2015, and total 18,346 images. Painter, photographer, educator, writer, and critic Florence Arquin (1900-1974) was active in Chicago, Illinois. She was known for her expertise in the field of Latin American Studies and had a close relationship with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. She worked as administrator for the Federal Art Project in Illinois and at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Hedda Sterne papers

Hedda Sterne papers

The Hedda Sterne papers were digitized in 2016, and total 2,315 images. Painter Hedda Sterne (1910-2011) lived in New York City and was known for working in many artistic styles, including surrealism and abstract expressionism. Sterne was the only woman in the group of abstract expressionists known as "The Irascibles."

Stable Gallery records

Stable Gallery records

The Stable Gallery records were digitized in 2016, and total 4,070 images. Stable Gallery (established 1953; closed 1970) was an art gallery in New York City, owned by Eleanor Ward. Ward opened the Stable Gallery on West Fifth-Eighth Street in 1953 and gained a reputation for showing controversial new artists in the 1950s and 1960s. The gallery closed in 1970.

List of Digitized Collections