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Finding lost relations: identifying our ephemera files

Cooke, Jacqueline. 2006. Finding lost relations: identifying our ephemera files. Art Libraries Journal, 31(4), pp. 33-41. ISSN 0307-4722 [Article]


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Art ephemera are an evocative resource that can document innovative art and convey diverse histories. This article looks at the relationship between such ephemera and contemporary art practices, and at the relative values given to ephemera by artists, curators and librarians and, in this context, considers integrated catalogues and online guides as methods of re-contextualising art ephemera in the library. Recent collaborative initiatives, and projects that identify and locate artists’ files are reviewed and three themes are identified: the biographical approach, interfaces for distributed catalogues and the integration of art and its documentation.

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Journal special issue: 'Ephemera as a research resource'. Article title changed from 'Calling in the dark' for publication.


art ephemera; catalogues; portals

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October 2006Published

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26 Mar 2007

Last Modified:

09 Jul 2018 20:22

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/141

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