were taken by Index photographers to supplement other records created for
the Index project. In principle, Index guidelines recognized that some
objects could be recorded more suitably by photographs than by watercolor
renderings. According to project guidelines, these would include “such
objects as iron stoveplates; silver and other items which are principally
‘form’ and not color.” Many such photographs were taken
and are now the primary Index record of these objects. Some Index photographs
are important records of the contemporary placement, use, and surroundings
of the objects, information that was carefully omitted from the renderings.
Photographs and research materials are available for consultation
in the Gallery archives of the National Gallery of Art. For futher information
contact the Gallery archives by telephone (202) 842-6614, fax (202) 842-6948,
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.