At the beginning of World War II, stained glass artists Gertrude and Robert Metcalf hastily traveled through Europe intending to photograph stained glass before it was either secured for safe keeping or possibly destroyed in the war. Kodak released Kodachrome film at an early stage of development for their use.
The 11,000 images in this archive includes stained glass, and related architecture, from Austria, England, France, Germany, and Switzerland; coverage of monuments varies from site to site. Often the Metcalfs were photographing and documenting images as troops were approaching. To preserve the archive as a whole, multiple images of a subject have been maintained, except for post-1800 stained glass which has been omitted. Also, in the spirit of maintaining a complete collection, all slides have been included, despite occasional poor quality or deterioration of color.
The Index of Christian holds the copyright to the images and has made them available for both personal research and publication. Send requests to Fiona: firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain high resolution files. When requesting images please cite exact location and the image number found under properties.
The Dayton Art Institute, where Robert Metcalf was on the faculty, held the collection until 2004, when the Institute transferred the collection to the Index of Christian Art. The lives of Gertrude and Robert Metcalf are documented in a biography by their son, Robert Metcalf, Jr.