Smithsonian Institution: Freer Gallery of Art Library
||Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20560
||Lily Kecskes, Head Librarian
|Hours of Service:
||10:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.
|Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
||10:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.
||12:30 p.m.--5:00 p.m.
|Open to the public:
Interlibrary loan is limited to photocopying of materials for
RLIN SHARE members free of charge; for other users photocopying
is 10 cents per page. Rare books may not be photocopied. There is
limited access to and photocopying of archival materials.
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- Reference Policy:
- Telephone, mail and fax reference questions are answered.
- Borrowing Privileges:
- The collection is non-circulating except for slides. 50 slides
may be borrowed for two weeks with a $20 deposit.
- RLIN. Holdings are listed in RLIN and searchers may be done
- Background Note:
- Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919) bequeathed his collections, including
his books and manuscripts to Smithsonian Institution in 1906.
The Freer Gallery building was completed in 1921 and opened in
1923. Freer's library was the nucleus of the present collection.
- Books and monographs:
- The collection holds approximately 1,500 volumes dating from
the 16th century to the 1990's. Most volumes date from the 20th
century. Strengths include coverage of all Asian religions, Christianity
in Asia, missionaries in Asia--all of which touch on Asian art
There are two card catalog used for works before 1987. These
use the Dewey system and are separated by language, one for
Asian and one for Western languages. In 1987 a catalog using
the Library of Congress system was established. All languages
are cataloged together. The library also has an OPAC, INNOPAC
which covers materials since May 1995. This catalog also includes
all RLIN bibliographic records (21,000).
- Periodicals and newspapers:
- The Library holds five titles dating from the 1970's through
the 1990's. Subject strengths for these journals are Buddhism
and art in China and Japan.
RLIN, INNOPAC, and the Library's cardex file cover these holdings.
- Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
- There are four major manuscript collections which date from
the 3rd to the 8th century.
Washington Bible Manuscripts: the original manuscripts are
in the Freer's art collections. The Library has the following
- Manuscript I. Deuteronomy and Joshua: A Facsimile
of the Washington Manuscript of Deuteronomy and Joshua.
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1910.
- Manuscript II. The Psalms: Photographs of the Washington
Manuscript of the Psalms in the Freer collection. Ann
Arbor: University of Michigan, 1919.
- Manuscript III. The Four Gospels: A Facsimile of the
Washington Manuscript of the Four Gospels in the Freer Collection.
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1912.
- Manuscript IV. The Epistles of Paul (Fragmentary). This
item is part of the Freer Art Collection and not the Freer
- Manuscript V. The Minor Prophets (in part): Facsimile
of the Washington Manuscript of the Minor Prophets in the
Freer Collection and the Berlin Fragment of Genesis.
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1927.
Two sources provide bibliographic coverage for these manuscripts:
The Gallery Registrar's collection records and the Library's
card catalogs. The archivist for these collections is Colleen
Hennessey, 357-4880 ext. 341.
- Four microform titles with strengths in religion and art.
These titles are listed in RLIN and INNOPAC.
- Vertical files:
- Less than one file-cabinet drawer of articles, clippings and
pamphlets with an emphasis on religion and art in Asia. Dates
of the collection cover the 1920s through the 1990s.
- Paintings, photographs, slides, and prints:
- Religion or religion-related slides and photographs number in
the thousands. Dates for this collection begin early in this century
and continue to the present day. Highlights of the collection
include religious sculpture, painting, monuments, temples, caves,
and other works of art and faith.
In-house finding aids are available for these collections.
Bible manuscripts; Buddhism; Christianity--Asia; Confucianism; Enlightenment
(Buddhism); Folk religion--Asia; Goddesses--Asia; Gods--Asia; Hinduism;
Indigenous religion--Asia; Islam; Jainism; Jesuits--Asia; Judaism--Asia;
Magic--Asia; Missions and missionaries--Asia; Mysticism--Asia; Mythology--Asia;
Occultism--Asia; Religion and art; Religion and state--Asia; Religious
art; Religious articles--Asia; Ritual--Asia; Sacred books--Asia; Shamanism;
Shinto; Shrines--Asia; Sufism; Supernatural--Asia; Sutras; Symbolism--Asia;
Tantrism; Taoism; Witchcraft--Asia; Women and religion--Asia; Worship--Asia;
Zen Buddhism; Zoroastrianism
Smithsonian Institution. Freer Gallery of Art. Library. Dictionary
Catalog of the Library of the Freer Gallery of Art [microform].
2nd enl. ed., on microfiche. Boston, MA: G.K. Hall, 1991. [252 microfiches
in 2 containers : negative ; 11 x 15 cm].