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Undertaken by the current director, George McKee, in 1995, the Image of France exists as a resource for historical research only as a result of the generous support and collaboration of Mark Olsen and the ARTFL Project at the University of Chicago. Questions concerning the resource should be directed to George McKee <gmckee@binghamton.edu>.

The development of the Image of France has been possible through the financial support of (1) professional development funding of the Joint Labor/Management Committee of New York State and United University professionals (1995), (2) the annual Research Award of the Art Libraries Society of North America, funded by the H.W. Wilson Foundation (1997), and, most considerably, (3) a grant of the Andrew Mellon Foundation through its Scholarly Communications Program to Binghamton University (2003).

It is not possible to name all of the individuals who have participated in the development of the Image of France since 1995. However, I cannot fail to note the following, with my very deep appreciation. Régine Bigorne of the Musée Goupil in Bordeaux has been the leading collaborator on the Mellon funded project, responsible for examination of all of the keyboarding of records from 1831 to 1880. Critical transcriptions from manuscript sources have been provided by Mehdi Korchane and Gervaise Brouwers. Randall Miles has patiently assisted me in the manipulation of keyboarded data.

Over the course of this project, French translation assistance has been kindly provided by Marie-Claude Thompson and Lydie Lagrange; and it is a pleasure to acknowledge occasional but indispensable programming assistance by James Wolf, James Blake, John Hagan and David Martin.

My work at the Archives nationales de France was facillitated and encouraged by the late Patrick Laharie, to whom a section of the resource is now dedicated.

A spectum of scholars have provided encouragement of the development of the Image of France. Let me take this opportunity to thank once more, among its earliest supporters William McAllister Johnson, Stephen Ostrow and Marjorie Cohen. The encouragement of former members of the Binghamton University faculty, Charles Burroughs, Fred Garber, Richard Trexler and Emanuel Wallerstein has been helpful and most reassuring. My efforts to publicize and to establish the project in France are ongoing; and they have been seconded during its history by Peter Fuhring, Michel Laclotte, Segolene Le Men, Yannick Magnien, Michel Melot, Joelle Raineau and others. The project’s recent development has been encouraged by the support of James Cuno, Antony Griffiths, and Henri Zerner. In addition to these, I wish to thank Binghamton University President, Lois DeFleur, for recommending the project for funding by the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

The images on the project home pages are (at left) a pen and ink drawing signed by Paul Gavarni in the Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections, brought to my attention by Cheryl Spiese, and (right) a watercolor by Goethe at the Goethe-Museum, Dusseldorf, ill. in J. Goeres, Goethes Leben in Bilddokumenten, 1981, modified by Ray Wang and John Hagan.

July 2008