Cataloging Curiosity: A Story of Providence & its Athenaeum


Spring of 2016, I had the opportunity to support the Athenaeum’s Collections Manager by researching objects within the library’s Permanent Collection to generate further interest in the collection as a whole. The catalog entries will be uploaded onto the library’s website and will be featured in a printed publication of the library’s art collection within the next year or two.

My research explored a diverse group of objects, including an architectural print by American artist, john-howe ; a print of a 19th century view of Providence by American artist, john-b-bachelder; a bust of American historian, william-prescott; an enormous bronze metal, titled triumvire-americani; a moving excursion-views panorama; and a 19th century American banjo-clock. These listed are only six out of the total eleven research projects I undertook at the Athenaeum.



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