Constance Clement collection of Yale Center for British Art photographs and negatives
Scope and Contents
This collection comprises photographic material created 1970–2011 and documents the formation, use, and renovations of the YCBA. Originating from the office of Constance “Cecie” Clement, former Deputy Director and head of building conservation for the YCBA, these photographs are primarily 8" x 10" black-and-white photographs and 35 mm and 120 mm film negatives. Also included are other formats such as CDs, Kodachrome and Ektachrome slides, and proof sheets.
In 2011, Clement, along with Peter Inskip and Stephen Gee, two architects from the United Kingdom, published the groundbreaking Louis I. Kahn and the Yale Center for British Art: A Conservation Plan (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011). The team of Clement, Gee, and Inskip explored the design and construction of the building, and proposed a plan for its future conservation, the first plan of its kind in the United States. Clement gathered this collection of photographic items and documents in pursuit of clues to how the building may have changed over the years. The materials document the structure, layout, and use of the space as Kahn intended. The purpose of the conservation project headed by Clement was to preserve these intentions and to create a thoughtful plan to ensure their survival in the future.
In addition to photographs focused on construction, building details, and elevations, noteworthy components include images of the shops on Chapel Street in 1970, Louis I. Kahn on site during construction, and Paul Mellon’s visits throughout development, installation, and the museum’s opening. Other YCBA activities are also documented, including docent tours, exhibitions, concerts, staff, and daily museum life.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open without restriction.
3.1 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Language of Materials
This collection is comprised of photographic material created between 1970-2011 and documents the formation, use, and renovations of the Yale Center for British Art. Originating from the office of Constance "Cecie" Clement, Deputy Director and head of building conservation for the YCBA, these photographs are primarily 8" x 10" black and white photographs and 35mm and 120mm film negatives and document the construction, building details, evelations, of the museum as well as events, exchibitions, concerts, staff, and daily museum life.
Biographical / Historical
Constance “Cecie” Clement worked at the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) from 1979 until her retirement in 2020. She began as the Assistant Director for Publications and Information under the tenure of Edmund (Ted) Pillsbury and served under five directors and two acting directors. On three different occasions Clement served as acting director. Her work focused on the museum’s public programs, publications, membership, special events, publicity, and exhibitions, as well as programs such as the Visiting Scholars.
Clement played an essential role in the conservation of the YCBA. In 2003, she, along with London-based architects Peter Inskip and Stephen Gee, created a conservation plan that addressed the changes made to the museum and how to conserve the building for years to come. This work was then carried out in phases throughout the 2010s, with careful attention to the original intentions of Louis I. Kahn (1901-–1974) and the needs of contemporary visitors, staff, and collections.
- Guide to the Constance Clement collection of Yale Center for British Art photographs and negatives
- Compiled by Meg Rinn, YCBA Staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Yale Center for British Art, Institutional Archives Repository
1080 Chapel Street
P. O. Box 208280
New Haven CT 06520-8280 US
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510