Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Johnstone Gallery Archive

The Johnstone Gallery Archive, State Library of Queensland, Australia

The Johnstone Gallery began in 1950 by Brian and Marjorie Johnstone as a commercial art gallery for contemporary Australian art. It closed in 1972, and was donated to the State Library of Queensland's James Hardie Library of Austalian Fine Art in 1994 following the death of Marjorie Johnstone. The collection contains includes over 300 items, consisting of scrapbooks, correspondence, photograph albums, exhibition catalogues and financial records.

The Gallery Archive, located on the State Library of Queensland website, is well organized and makes it easy to understand what the collection contains. Each type of material (photos, correspondences, exhibition catalogs) has its own page with a detailed history and summary. The history of the original gallery and its move to the State Library is also given.

The "About the Johnstone Gallery Archive" contains an additional link to a Finding Aid - a detailed list and description of the exact contents of the gallery (26 bound volumes, 114 files, 153 printed catalogues, 7 invitations, 5 typescripts, 1 document).

The archive is a digital exhibit only, and does not display the archive's actual contents contents. While there are a few pictures scattered here and there, they appear to be intended to act as a teaser, a hint of what may be seen.

The entire collection is available for research, but is not on display for the general public at this time.

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