The Field Research Archive of Frère Joseph Cornet was established at Loyola University New Orleans when Fr. Cornet gave his field notebooks to the University between 1998 and 2001. The remainder of his collected papers and scholarly research was bequeathed to Loyola following his death in 2004. The archive is the result of Fr. Cornet's 28 year residency in the Congo which began with a teaching appointment at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1964. He also lectured at Lovanium University of Kinshasa. Fr. Cornet was appointed director général adjoint of the Institut des Musées Nationaux du Congo (IMNC) when it was founded in 1970 and was appointed the museum's directeur général in 1975.
In addition to the field notebooks, the Cornet Archive includes over 500 large binders containing approximately 50,000 pages of research documentation on the arts of the Congo. These include photographs and other data on thousands of central African art objects in all media. The research files were compiled by Cornet with the intent of developing a ten volume History of Congolese Art. This material remains an important resource for the study of central African art, culture, and history.
For more information about this collection, view the preliminary inventory here.