In his introductory speech at the first joint Frick Collection and Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) Symposium on February 23, 1940, Frederick Mortimer Clapp, Director of The Frick Collection, stated that the purpose of the gathering was for graduate students “to do now what you will in a few years…to enlighten us, the older generation…on the results of your preliminary studies” (Clapp, 2
Access to the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives has been limited since last summer because of a major renovation of the second floor of the museum and the retirement of a key library staff member. The necessary renovation is allowing for the installation of climate control as well as new galleries devoted to the Museum's Asian and Islamic collections. There will also be a new gallery space devoted to the display of Libraries and Archives collections when the renovation is completed around late 2015.
During World War II, the Frick Art Reference Library played a pivotal role in the international effort to identify and protect monuments and works of art in Europe from damage and destruction by armed forces. Helen Clay Frick, the founder and Director of the Library, invited the Committee of the American Council of Learned Societies on Protection of Cultural Treasures in War Areas to take up residence at the Library from 1943 to 1945.