The Museum Archives is embarking on a two-and-a-half-year project to describe and preserve exhibition files, which will require that some files be closed to the public. Learn more
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- Archives FAQ
The Museum Archives will be closed to the public during the month of August. While we are closed, we will not accept appointments or provide remote reference via our online form, telephone, e-mail, letter, or fax. The Museum Archives will reopen to the public on September 2. We will not begin scheduling appointments prior to that date. If you are still in need of reference assistance at that time, please resubmit your request in September. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Please note: The appointment schedule for visiting the Archives' Queens reading rooms is nearly fully booked through the end of July. If you wish to be added to our waiting list, please let us know. We would then contact you should an appointment open before our August closing.
The Museum Archives was established in 1989 to collect, organize, preserve, and make accessible documentation concerning the Museum's art-historical and cultural role in the 20th and 21st centuries. It is also an internationally recognized center of research for primary source material concerning many aspects of modern and contemporary art, including private archives that may be the papers of artists, collectives, galleries, dealers, art historians, critics, etc.
Please use the above links to navigate the Museum Archives’ resources, or conduct a keyword search across the Museum Archives’ finding aids using the search box below.
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Museum Archives Preservation Project
In 2014 The Museum of Modern Art Archives, with the support of the Leon Levy Foundation, begins a two-and-a-half-year project to fully describe and preserve MoMA's curatorial and registrar exhibition files. As part of that project, a section of files will be closed to the public while work is underway. Beginning February 17, 2014, all files for exhibitions dating 1929 through 1963 will be closed. This includes the exhibitions Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat, Van Gogh [MoMA Exh. #1, November 7–December 7, 1929] through "Fallingwater": A Frank Lloyd Wright House Revisited [MoMA Exh. #731, November 1–December 1, 1963]. If installation photographs exist for any of these exhibitions, they may still be viewed in the Archives reading room. Please consult our current online guide to exhibition files to see those files that are still available to the public.
The Museum Archives website was generously funded by the Trustee Committee on Archives, Library, and Research.