Special Collections

The Helen Farr Sloan Library is fortunate to have special collections that add depth and distinction to key research areas of the Library’s collection. These special collections are available for use by researchers and are fully accessible from the Library’s card catalog.
Howard Pyle Library Collection includes a nearly comprehensive selection of Howard Pyle’s illustrated books as well as many works from Pyle’s personal library of reference works. The Library is also fortunate to have many of the illustrated works from Pyle’s most accomplished students. The collections of illustrated works from the students of Pyle include: N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, and Gayle Hoskins. The Howard Pyle Library Collection contains 680 volumes and the illustrated works of his students number over 300 volumes.

Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Library Collection was bequeathed to the Museum by the children of Samuel Bancroft, Jr. in 1935, along with his entire collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. T his collection focuses on the Pre-Raphaelite artists, but also includes works of literature and poetry that inspired their art as well as the work of their followers. Bancroft’s original book collection numbered around 400 volumes, however the special collection has grown to nearly double that number due to the addition of scholarly works devoted to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and published after Bancroft’s death.
John Sloan Library Collection is comprised of major elements of John Sloan’s personal book collection, including works he illustrated as well as materials added since the donation of the collection by Helen Farr Sloan in 1978. John Sloan’s own book collection provides an insight into the life and milieu of one of America’s greatest artists of the first half of the 20th century. The materials added to the collection include treatises, monographs, and exhibition catalogues that focus on John Sloan, “The Eight”, or the Ashcan School of American art. The Library Collection currently numbers over 2000 volumes.