University of Iowa Museum of Art
Alice Phillips, Ph.D.
Working with the prints in the Doud collection was a valuable experience in preparing museum acquisition proposals for works on paper. Primarily I compiled catalogue raisonné entries and artist biographies, and worked directly with the objects to make our proposal information as complete as possible. Since the prints represent a broad range of techniques and date from sixteenth-century to contemporary art, my research involved a variety of resources online and in academic libraries. I learned how to use the Bartsch series for Old Master prints, for example, along with the Print Council of America oeuvre catalogue search, the IFPDA databases, and the Getty’s Union List of Artist Names. The available documentation and invoices from the Doud estate allowed me to enter the prints’ valuation and provenance in our own museum database. I updated the entries with my catalogue research, and assisted with reading and translating French and Italian titles. Working with the Doud prints in person allowed me to discover new marks, identify artists, and take detailed photographs of inscriptions and signatures. Anticipating the future of the Doud collection, I also helped identify possible research topics and exhibition themes based on the Grand Tour, ancient mythology, and modern American art.