American Historic Art in UK Public Collections

American Historic Art in UK Public Collections

Following the completion of a survey and feasibility study on the creation of an online inventory of American Historic Art in UK Public Collections, carried out by Andrew Greg, Director of the National Inventory Research Project in the School of Culture and Creative Arts for the Terra Foundation and Henry Luce Foundation, the University has been offered a $100,000 grant by the Terra Foundation towards the creation of the inventory and associated resources. The project is estimated to cost at least £250,000 and, with help from the university’s Chancellor’s Fund, Andrew Greg is now working with colleagues in History of Art, HATII and the Andrew Hook Centre for American Studies to develop the project and raise the remaining funds.

The aims of the project will be:

  • To bring together in one freely available searchable online database authoritative information, and where possible images, of all historic American works of art in UK public collections  
  • To facilitate and promote research into American art and culture, and alliances between the American Studies and History of Art academic communities in the UK
  • To maximise the usefulness of the resource to the academic community, by allowing for personalisation, the creation and online editing of community content,  and access by and links to mobile technologies and social networks
  • To commission essays and other online resources and to create links with and between other related online resources
  • To contribute to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s National Art Inventories, and to be compatible and, if practical, cross-searchable with the La Fayette online inventory.


For more information contact: Andrew Greg, Director, National Inventory Research Project.