Boston Public Library Digital Services team recently completed digitizing the Charles J. Connick and Associates archives for the state of Massachusetts. Connick Studios (1913-1986) was a leading and renowned producer of stained glass designs. These amazingly detailed pieces of art may be seen locally at Boston College, Marsh Chapel at Boston University, Holy Cross Cathedral, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Forest Hills Cemetery just to name a few.
The digitization of Connick’s study gouaches (rhymes with “galoshes”), or paintings made with opaque watercolors, provides the public with insight into the artist’s creative process, methods, and materials and encourages an appreciation of his finished work. Scholars are now be able to easily access and study Connick’s designs, while reduced handling and improved oversight of the collection helps to increase its longevity. This digitization project was made possible through the support of the Boston Foundation for Architecture, the Boston Society of Architects, and the Associates of the Boston Public Library.