The Book Department at the Frick Art Reference Library has collections relating mainly to paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints from the fourth to the mid-twentieth centuries by European and American artists. The decorative arts are a secondary area of collecting. Within these subjects the collections focus on, to name a few related to this site: Attributions, Auction Sales, Collecting, Provenance, Exhibitions, and Collectors.
Auction catalogs make up more than 90,000 volumes in our collection. The catalogs represent 1,000 auction houses in Europe, Australia, and the Americas, ranging in date from the eighteenth century to the present. Annotated catalogs and price lists, when available, have been acquired to provide additional sales information. Unique and rare catalogs continue to be added. We are currently digitizing many of our auction catalogs, which will be added to the ones already available on this site.
We strive to make all items accessible to as many viewers as possible by providing access through the Internet Archive, which offers a wider range of formats for download. We recognize accessibility as an ethical responsibility and encourage viewers to explore our collection on the Internet Archive here