Preserving Web-Based Auction Catalogs

Gretchen Nadasky IMLS Grant Project Pratt Institute MSLIS LIS-698 Dr. Tula Giannini

Project Description

This website is part of  the “Reframing Collections for a Digital Age: A Preparatory Study for Collecting and Preserving Web-Based Art Research Materials,” for the Frick Art Reference Library, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in association New York Art Research Consortium (NYARC). It was written by Gretchen Nadasky, MSLIS Candidate (Spring, 2013).

The study identifies foundational texts that are ephemeral and at-risk of disappearing.  The present report focuses on web-based auction catalogs and using Archive-It as a preservation tool. This phase of the project is focused on prioritizing auction house websites for preservation

The two-semester program was supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Studies (IMLS) as an M-LEAD-TWO scholarship. M-LEAD-TWO is a on-going digital preservation collaboration between the Brooklyn Museum, the Frick Art Reference Library and NYARC.

The Report Sections contain the required elements for the Pratt Institute Practicum lead by Dean Tula Giannini.

Literature Review:  In three parts: Auction house catalogs and their place in art scholarship, Global initiatives in web archiving, and Previous Archive-It initiatives.

Findings: Data and analysis of auction house websites.

Weekly Report: A journal of progress.

Presentation: Presentation for Pratt Institute LIS 698 given on May 7, 2013.


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