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Tracing the public of the first Parisian library for art and archaeology: on the readership at Doucet’s library (1910-1914)

Dupin de Beyssat, Claire (2021) Tracing the public of the first Parisian library for art and archaeology: on the readership at Doucet’s library (1910-1914). Journal of Art Historiography (24). ISSN 2042-4752

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In 1909, the grand couturier Jacques Doucet opened a library dedicated to art history and archaeology. Soon this library, although the result of a private initiative, gained a reputation for scholarly depth and utility, reflected in its reader’s register. The nearly 1,500 individual registration cards that survive from its early years provide documentation of the public that patronized the first art history library in France. Geolocation of the individual readers provides information on their socio-cultural backgrounds, while network analysis reveals personal and institutional relationships between the library and other institutions such as museums, libraries and universities. A more precise focus on selected readers helps to establish a prosopography that establishes their proximity or heterogeneity. This paper aims to demonstrate the unique role of this institution in the scientific and institutional landscape, both national and international, at a time when art history was emerging as a scientific field.

Type of Work:Article
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies
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Date:June 2021
Keywords: art historiography, library history, Jacques Doucet, networks, readership, prosopography, Paris, social history, institutions
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
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