Image of the Black Archive & Library
Spanning nearly 5,000 years and documenting virtually all forms of media, the Image of the Black Archive & Library is a comprehensive repository housed at the Hutchins Center and devoted to the systematic investigation of how people of African descent have been perceived and represented in art. Founded in 1960 by Jean and Dominique de Ménil in reaction to the existence of segregation in the United States, the archive contains photographs of 26,000 works of art, each of which is extensively documented and categorized by the archive’s staff. Additionally, the project has focused on expanding access to its archives through a partnership with ARTstor, which is generously underwritten by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Through this grant, the project has digitized its holdings for education, teaching, and scholarly inquiry. To learn more, visit www.artstor.org.