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Detail from Resetting German Clocks Forward to Moscow Time May 1945, by Dmitri Baltermants, Booth Family Center for Special Collections

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Selections from the Perry Collection

Online Exhibitions
December 19, 2018
January 1, 2019

Georgetown alumnus Jeffrey S. Perry (C’1982, Parent’2015), a member of the Georgetown University Library Board, has made extraordinary gifts of vintage photographic prints to the Library for use in teaching and research. Beginning in 2010, Mr. Perry gave the first of his annual donation in 2010, and the collection now totals over 574 images.

As part of my (Katie O'Hara) graduate studies in Art and Museum Studies and Art Collection Curatorial internship, I scanned over two-thirds of the photographs in the Perry Collection and created six themed online exhibitions. 

Explore six themes from the Perry Collection: I Find Letters from God: Nuns in the Perry Collection, Provincetown: An Art ColonyChildhoodIsolationBeasts of Burden, and Art World

 Nun on Telephone Artist Painting on the Beach Child covering her mouth in front of two women reading

 Man staring in a mirror Two soldiers on horses passing a line of wrecked cars Artist painting another man


If you want to explore how the Perry Photographs relate to other works in the collection, try I Find Letters from God: Nuns in the Perry CollectionProvincetown: An Art Colony, and Art World.

If you want to explore how different photographers photographed the same subject, try Childhood or I Find Letters from God: Nuns in the Perry Collection

If you want a photo essay experience, try Isolation or Beasts of Burden.

With more than two dozen American and European artists, the collection is primarily 20th-century in scope. The collection includes global aerial landmarks by Marilyn Bridges; avant-garde Germany viewed by Ilse Bing and August Sander; World War II Russia captured at the front by the prominent photojournalist Dmitri Baltermants; and much more. There is in-depth representation of important American street photographers such as Joel Meyerowitz, as well as mid-century American portraits and domestic groups by Doris Ulmann and Michael Disfarmer. This wonderful array of historic photographs provides a rich resource for students in history, art history, museum studies and other fields of study. 

Soldiers Resetting a Clock

Resetting German Clocks Forward to Moscow Time (May, 1945)
Dmitri Baltermants
Gelatin silver print

Feel that there are themes missing or want to discover more of the Perry Collection? Check out the collection for yourself! Search Perry in the "Donor" line of the University Art Collection's database to discover all the works in the collection.



Katie O’Hara, University Art Collection Curatorial Intern and Graduate Student in Art and Museum Studies