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 230 archival collections have been digitized and posted online comprising 2.8 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.

Funding is generously provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art

Major support for digitization has been provided by the Walton Family Foundation with additional funding from The Brown Foundation, Inc., Estate of Maryette Charlton, Barbara G. Fleischman, Martha J. Fleischman, Frederick Hammersley Foundation, The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, Charles Moorman IV, Vital Projects Fund, The Widgeon Point Charitable Foundation, and Wyeth Foundation for American Art. 

Roy De Forest papers

Photo is a portrait of Roy De Forest with his arms crossed in front of one of his paintings of two dogs

The Roy De Forest papers were digitized in 2019 and total 8,903 images. Roy De Forest (1930-2007) was a painter, sculptor, and educator in Port Costa, California. A notable figure in the funk art movement, he coined the term "nut art" to describe art that embraced humor and created a fantasy world.

Woman's Building records

Photo shows people standing around the entrance to the Woman's Building during the opening celebration.

The Woman's Building records were digitized in 2019 and total 56,467 images. The Woman’s Building played a key role as an alternative space for women artists energized by the feminist movement in the 1970s. The records document the ways in which feminist theory shaped the Building's founding core mission and goals.

Marcia Marcus papers

Photograph of Marcia Marcus

The Marcia Marcus papers were digitized in 2019 and total 12,391 images. Marcia Marcus (1928- ) is a figurative painter working in New York, New York. Marcus studied at New York University, Cooper Union, and the Art Students League. Since 1951, she has been the subject of over a dozen solo shows and participated in many group exhibitions. Marcus was a 1962-1963 Fulbright fellow, and was the recipient of many other grants throughout her career including a Esther and Adolph Gottlieb grant and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

National Academy of Design Collections

Photograph of Morse code inventor, Samuel Finley Breese Morse

Four collections donated by National Academy of Design were digitized in 2019 and total 5,093 images. These collections include the papers of Henry Ward Ranger (1858-1916), a painter whose bequest to the NAD benefited the Smithsonian Institution's National Collection of Fine Arts; the papers of founding member of the NAD and Morse code inventor, Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872); the papers of miniaturist and founding member of the NAD, Thomas Seir Cummings (1804-1894); and the photographs of works of art by George Inness (1854-1926) compiled by his wife Julia G. Smith (1853-1941) as an authentication resource and donated to the NAD.

Jeff Donaldson papers

Head and shoulders, black and white portrait of Jeff Donaldson.

The Jeff Donaldson papers were digitized in 2018 and total 18,712 images. Jeff Donaldson (1932-2004) was an African American artist and educator who worked in Chicago and Washington, D.C. He was a leading figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s and promoted the "TransAfrican" aesthetic. Donaldson co-founded the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC) Visual Art Workshop and the AfriCOBRA artist collaborative. Donaldson was also a professional painter, exhibiting in over a hundred and fifty group and solo exhibitions, and wrote critical essays for arts publications.

Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art

Black and white photograph of Elayne Varian speaking to Sol Le Witt during public installation of artwork at Art in Process V exhibition at Finch College Museum of Art.

The Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art were digitized in 2018, and total 31,303 images. The Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art was established in 1964 as an extension the Finch College Museum of Art in New York City. Its mission was to educate art history students at the Manhattan women's college who were interested in working with contemporary art. The Contemporary Wing's Art in Process shows brought the process of art-making into the gallery. Hundreds of contemporary artists were shown at the Contemporary Wing in the eleven years of its existence.

James Carroll Beckwith papers

Photograph from the James Carroll Beckwith papers

The James Carroll Beckwith papers were digitized in 2018, and total 7,853 images.  James Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917) was a portrait and landscape painter in New York, New York and a member of the National Academy of Design. Beckwith gained widespread recognition for his portraits and among his subjects are the artist William Merritt Chase and President Theodore Roosevelt. Beckwith is also known for created skillful copies of Old Masters paintings which he saw in galleries across Europe during his time abroad.

Total Records: 234