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, email, letter, or fax. The Museum Archives will reopen to the public on Tuesday, September 6. 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.

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.

Search Finding Aids

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 1, 2015, all files for exhibitions mid-1980 through 1989 will be closed. This includes the exhibitions Lillian Gish [MoMA Exh. #1291, September 18–November 25, 1980] through Vincente Minnelli [MoMA Exh. #1537, December 15, 1989–January 28, 1990]. If installation photographs exist for any of these exhibitions, they can still be viewed in the Archives reading room. Finding aids for earlier exhibitions and a guide to available records for later exhibitions can be found on our holdings page.

The Museum Archives website was generously funded by the Trustee Committee on Archives, Library, and Research.