The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art * has launched its archive catalogue online - revealing to a wider audience the research material compiled by some of the most significant art historians of the twentieth century. Highlights include the papers of W.G. Constable (1887-1976) first director of the Courtauld Institute and museum director; and Sir Brinsley Ford (1908-1999) collector, art connoisseur and editor of the Burlington Magazine. The catalogue launch is an important stage of an ongoing project to make the collections more widely available.
The Paul Mellon Centre has been acquiring archive material since 1977 and now holds twenty collections. These consist primarily of the working papers of art historians, but also include the papers of museum directors and curators, dealers and significant individuals working in the field.
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* The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art is an educational charity set up to promote and support the study of British art history and architecture. The Centre (which is a member of the Association of Research Institutes in Art History ARIAH) has two complementary purposes: to contribute to the understanding of British art and architecture and to act as a research centre for scholars working in this field.