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During the four-week summer institute, participants will have all of the academic resources of the BGC available to them. The Bard Graduate Center academic building is fully integrated with its research library, which houses a significant research collection to support advanced studies in the history of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture. The collection comprises approximately 50,000 items, including monographs, reference materials, microfilms, rare books, and specialized auction catalogues. In addition, the Library subscribes to more than 300 periodicals and provides online access to numerous electronic journals and research databases, including American Periodicals Series, Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, DesignInform, C19, Design and Applied Arts Index, Dictionary of American Biography, ArtFact Pro, and the Index to 19th-Century American Art Periodicals. The Visual Media Resources department maintains an extensive collection of slides and digital images. The Digital Media Lab provides a number of resources for the BGC community, all of which are aimed at increasing the integration and implementation of new media tools within the curricular and research goals of the institution. The Lab provides a well-equipped space (14 Mac and Windows desktops) for participants to work on media projects that require significant computing resources such as audio and video editing, rendering of three-dimensional virtual spaces, and the development of multimedia online virtual exhibitions.

All scholars will have a session with the Library staff to help them with their research needs. Over the years, the BGC has developed close working relationships with other nearby cultural institutions, most strongly with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New-York Historical Society. Summer Scholars will take advantage of these relationships by having special access to collections and archives that may not be available to the general public.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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