Monday, July 14, 2014

Fine Arts Center's books to go to Colorado College library

Posted By on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 3:18 PM

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Colorado College's Tutt Library just got a whole lot deeper, book-wise, thanks to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Today, the two organizations announced that the bulk of the FAC's library will be "catalogued and integrated" into CC's, making them available to FAC members, CC students, scholars and the general public.

The FAC's collection stands at over 15,000 volumes, but CC will vet out duplicates and books in too poor a condition to take, so the number of books going into its library is still somewhat in the air, according to FAC publicist Warren Epstein. An early estimate is that CC will take close to 13,000.

Since the FAC's expansion, the books have been kept in storage, to the dismay of many locals who treasured the library that once sat behind what is now the dining room next to the SaGaJi Theatre. The collection includes 6,000 books donated by FAC co-founder Alice Bemis Taylor, which is focused largely on art of the Southwest from "prehistory through to contemporary times." In addition, there are rare museum catalogues and "studies of Egyptian antiquities published under Napoleon."

Putting the books into the care of the library will cost CC nearly $30,000 in labor and materials, but it will add much to Tutt's own renovation and expansion, says library director Ivan Gaetz.

And best of all, they will once more be available to the public.

“This collaboration ensures that the FAC library collection will once again be a living, breathing resource," says FAC executive museum director and chief curator Blake Milteer in the release. "It will be in such good hands at Tutt Library, where the books will be expertly catalogued and attentively cared for."

The process of moving the volumes has already begun, and is expected to continue through the fall.

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