In addition to the rich, primary material contained within the 29 boxes in the Graphic Arts collection, the AAS also maintains the Cross Family Archive which includes books on plants, animals and botany, specimens of artistic work and periodicals, illustrated catalogs, music, guidebooks, history texts, plays and poetry, handbooks, almanacs, bound chromolithographs, children’s literature and many other materials scattered across the library’s curatorial collections.
The Cross Family Art Archive not only demonstrates prospective inspiration and sources of the creative process, but also the potential cyclical phase art has with print culture. The collection also reflects a representative library of a talented and connected family living in late nineteenth century New England. Many of the items were owned, used and annotated by Emma Augusta, Henry Clay and Joel Foster Cross.
The Archive consists of approximately 60 items donated by Diana Korzenik in 1991.
Items to the left: "Cover" King’s Handbook of Boston Harbor by M.F. Sweetser and "Cover" Short studies in English by Jerome Allen.