The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) was established in 2006 with funding from the andrew W. Mellon Foundation, by the research libraries of four art museums in New York City: The Brooklyn Museum, The Frick Collection, The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Collectively, the libaries house a collection of over one million items including exhibit & auction catalogues, books, documents, artist monograms and other research documents.
The purpose of NYARC is “to facilitate collaboration that results in enhanced resources to research communities…[and] to collaborate with other libraries, archives and information service providers to engage in projects that benefit the research community.” They aim to improve and expand access to collection resources through application of technology; to expedite resource sharing and inter-library loan services; to advance the scholarly, educational and cultural enrichment missions of museum missions; and to work collaboratively with various research institutions to support and address the needs of the broader cultural community.
- Arcade: Catalog of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), which unites the collections of the Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries of the Brooklyn Museum and The Museum of Modern Art.
- ARTstor Brooklyn Museum Costumes: A collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art to share approximately 5,800 images of American and European costumes and accessories from the Brooklyn Museum in the Digital Library.
- JSTOR 19th Century American Art Periodicals: A joint effort between Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Art Reference Library, and the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives to digitize JSTOR’s Arts & Sciences VIII Collection, a group of rare 19th and early 20th century American Art periodicals .
- JSTOR Auction Catalogs Beta: JSTOR is collaborating with the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Art Reference Library in a pilot project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to understand how auction catalogs can best be preserved for the long term and made most easily accessible for scholarly use.
- Knoedler Gallery Digital Collection: The Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art digitized 898 catalogs, checklists, and unpublished materials from the Watson, NYARC, and Knoedler collections, comprising approximately 14,000 pages of content created between 1869 and 1946. Many items include extensive handwritten annotations; in several cases, more than one copy of a particular catalog was digitized to capture these unique additions.
- Macbeth Gallery Digital Collection: The Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Art Reference Library digitized the exhibition checklists and pamphlets of the Macbeth Gallery in the fall of 2008.
- NYC-7: Seven New York institutions – the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives, Columbia University Libraries, the Frick Art Reference Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas J. Watson Library, The Museum of Modern Art Library, New York Public Library and New York University Libraries – are engaged in collaboration discussions.
- OCLC Collection Analysis: A project to analyze the collections of the NYARC members was completed in August 2008 by OCLC’s RLG Programs division in order to provide the libraries with information about the NYARC collections.
- Documenting the Gilded Age: New York City Exhibitions at the Turn of the 20th Century: A joint project of the Frick Art Reference Library and Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives to digitize ephemeral exhibition checklists, pamphlets, and catalogs from historically significant galleries, society clubs, and arts associations operating from the late 19th to early 20th century. With funding from the New York State Regional Bibliographic Databases Program, as part of its support of METRO’s Digital Metro New York initiative, the collection began in 2010 and currently includes 540 digitized works, all available through Arcade. Online exhibitions augment and highlight information in the historical documents. View the exhibitions at http://gildedage.omeka.net/ andhttp://gildedage2.omeka.net/.