The Delaware Art Museum recently launched its web-based platform with the Delaware Heritage Collection, allowing selections from the museum's 2,000 linear feet of archival material to be seen worldwide.

Original letters from Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti to his mistress, photographs of artist and illustrator John Sloan in his studio and scrapbooks chronicling the museum's history are some of the materials available through the digital collections portal.

The Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives has embarked upon a digitization initiative to provide free access to collections, including the John Sloan, Howard Pyle and Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Jr. Pre-Raphaelite Manuscript Collections. The archives are available through the Delaware Heritage Collection, an online portal supported by the Delaware Division of Libraries at delart.org. Visitors can browse the museum's collections, search for specific objects, view images and read transcripts.

The digitized archival collections complement and enhance the museum's current online collection website. More than 75 percent of the museum's 12,000-object collection is searchable on its website. Digitizing the archival materials makes them available to a broader audience and increases the visibility of the rich and unique holdings beyond the region.

The system that hosts the digitized materials is made possible through the Delaware Heritage Collection, a project supported by the Delaware Division of Libraries.

The new database is accessible at bit.ly/2rnnvG0.