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Building a Duchamp Research Portal at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Matthew Affron, Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Duchamp Research Portal (Web Resource)
Title: Duchamp Research Portal
Author: Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA)
Author: Centre Georges Pompidou
Author: Association Marcel Duchamp (AMD)
Abstract: The Duchamp Research Portal is an online platform that aggregates a selection of digitized archival holdings and museum collections at three partner institutions (PMA, Centre Georges Pompidou, and AMD) to make a significant portion of primary source materials related to the French artist Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) accessible and discoverable through a single interface. The outcome of eight years of collaboration between institutions across the globe, the creation and public debut of the portal connects researchers, scholars, and the general public to Duchamp’s subversive and inquisitive work. The platform is dynamic and will continue to grow and improve through new collections and technological advances. Today, the portal hosts nearly 50,000 digitized primary sources including correspondences, drawings, technical plans, photographs, exhibition ephemera, newspaper clippings, and scholarly articles. Some highlights include the artist’s passport and vaccination record, magazine article proofs, and photographs of Duchamp by the surrealist photographer Man Ray (1890–1976). The portal is easily searchable by object, type, contributor, timeframe, and person, and features 23 finding aids which echo the arrangement of the collections in their original institutions. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of all three institutions, the Duchamp Research Portal is a free, accessible, and first-of-its-kind primary resource for anyone interested in learning about Duchamp.
Year: 2022
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Primary URL Description: The Duchamp Research Portal is sectioned into Documents and Museum Collections, reflecting the partnering institutions’ administration of the materials. Consisting of nearly 50,000 digitized images and accompanying metadata, the site has served more than 28,000 users from over 140 countries to date. Archival materials can be searched for by object type, contributor, timeframe, and person, as well as through individual collections. In the future, the partners hope to continue refining the portal, collaborating with other institutions, adding collections, and enhancing search functionality.