The Library / The Meserve – Kunhardt Collection
Facilities Management recently renovated the former Specials Collection area (Room 2005) in the Library, to showcase the Meserve – Kunhardt Organization’s Lincoln Collection.
Fairview Contracting constructed the 100 ft drywall partition, extending from the mezzanine wall to the ceiling.
Facilities Management installed air vents, as well as two (2) AC units with condensation pumps (MOVINGCOOL Office Pro 18 : see photograph below).
Purchase College has entered into a partnership with the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation to house the Gordon Parks Collection and the Meserve-Kunhardt Collections of 19th and 20th century photography. The Meserve-Kunhardt Collection of over 200,000 photographs, artifacts and unique documents offers unparalleled insight into 19th and early 20th century America. The collection was begun in 1897 by Frederick Meserve and contains original photographs by Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and other pioneers in photography. Gordon Parks was one of the major photojournalists, authors, and film directors of 20th century America and the collection includes more than 4,000 photographic images, 22,000 negatives, plus slides and contact sheets from the Gordon Parks estate through a special arrangement with the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation.
At Purchase, the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation will have its own staff to catalog and organize the collections in space provided by the Library. Purchase College faculty and students will have access to these valuable collections for research and instructional purposes.