The Ingalls Library recently reached a significant milestone. On January 5th, I cataloged the 500,000th item to enter the collection. A four volume set entitled Moriyama Daidō zensakuhinshū, the complete works of Daido Moriyama, pushed the library's volume count over a half million. Not surprisingly it took over a century to reach this number. The first book accessioned by the library on February 16, 1914 was a Funk & Wagnalls New Standard Dictionary, published in 1913. Because the library is continually updating its sources by weeding out non-relevant material and acquiring newer editions, the first volume is no longer in the collection. The Ingalls Library collection has grown exponentially since reaching 100,000 items in 1979. Further milestones followed quickly, as the volume count topped 200,000 in 1995, then 300,000 in 2000 and eventually 400,000 in 2005. I myself have cataloged well over 100,000 items in my thirty year tenure in the library.
This set of books is in Japanese and English. Each volume is in a slipcase with an illustrated interior and each is signed by the artist. The set is in the rare collection of the library which includes items that are valuable, scarce, fragile, or have unique formats. This title is also an example of an incredibly important art historical resource called a catalogue raisonné, which is a comprehensive listing of all the known works of an artist either in a particular medium or all media.
The Ingalls Library supports research on the permanent collection of the museum as well as future acquisitions and exhibitions. As such the library acquired the Daidō Moriyama books because the museum owns six photographs by this artist. In celebration of the library’s milestone, one of the photos in the museum collection that is pictured in the set, a gelatin silver print from 1976 titled Goshogawara, will be on display in the north lobby with the four volumes of the Moriyama catalogue raisonné for the next month. And we’ll see you at 600,000 volumes in 2025!