Welcome to The Frick Collection's digital archive. This site enables visitors to browse and download jpegs of large format digital files created through projects supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Henry Luce Foundation and METRO. The collections include photoarchive images and documentation, book materials, Frick Collection images, and archival documents.



The Photoarchive is a study collection of more than one million photographic reproductions of works of art by fourth to mid-twentieth century artists trained in the Western tradition. Each photograph is accompanied by historical documentation that traces the essential elements of the biography of a work of art — changes of attribution, ownership, and condition. The images together with the historical documentation provide an unparalleled resource for the study of the history of art. At present, the Frick is systematically digitizing the Photoarchive collection and making it available on this site.


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.


The mission of the Archives is to preserve and document the rich history of The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library, the Frick family, and scholarship in the fine arts. The resources available on this site reflect efforts to digitize both photographs and text-based materials, including construction images of Henry Clay Frick’s original New York residence and later The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library, Frick family travel albums, images of artists and artwork, and collections relating to art collectors and collecting. Contact the Archives.