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, began 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 October 20, 2014, all files for exhibitions dating 1964 through late 1980 will be closed. This includes the exhibitions Painting and Sculpture from the Museum Collection [MoMA Exh. #732, May 27, 1964-continuing] through Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective [MoMA Exh. #1290, May 16-September 30, 1980]. 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.