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Archives of American Art

Contact Information

Jane Glover
Coordinator, Katharine Hanrahan American Art Study Center

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The unrestricted microfilm collection of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, is located in the Katharine Hanrahan American Art Study Center on the second floor of the de Young. It is available to researchers by appointment only.

The vast holdings of the Archives of American Art are a vital resource to anyone interested in American culture over the past 200 years. Included in this important resource are more than 16 million letters, diaries and scrapbooks of artists, dealers and collectors; manuscripts of critics and scholars; business and financial records of museums, galleries, schools and associations; photographs of art world figures and events; sketches and sketchbooks; rare printed material; film, audio and video recordings; and the largest collection of oral histories anywhere on the subject of American art.

More information regarding the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art you can visit their website or you can search their collection catalog: Archives, Manuscripts & Photographic Collections (SIRIS).