By submitting your record below to the Artist Files Online Directory, you agree to allow ARLIS/NA to publish this information on its Web site. All information submitted to the Artist Files Online Directory is publicly available via the Web free of charge. The ways in which the information is used and/or who uses it is not monitored or regulated. No information submitted will be sold or used for commercial purposes.
The institutions listed in the Artist Files Online Directory retain all ownership rights to their collections.
The SFMOMA Research Library and Archives simultaneously supports Museum research and houses important special collections. The Library collection contains approximately 60,000+ volumes about art and artists, art movements, private/public collections, exhibitions, social and political issues relevant to art/artists, serials (1850+ titles), artist’s files (47,000+ artists), gallery/geographical files, and items that are artworks themselves such as artists’ books. While the Library serves museum staff, it is also open to the public. The Library maintains relationships with other museums through the management of the Museum’s Exhibition Catalog Exchange Program whereby exhibition catalogs and other museum publications are traded with participating institutions. Special collections include: artist ephemera files, geographic ephemera files, the Tillim Collection (1400+ volumes), the Skowhegan Lecture Archives (500+ lectures on 700+ CDs), and artist books. Indexes and on-line subscriptions as well as the Library database are accessible from staff terminals throughout the museum.
SFMOMA’s archival records date from the 1930s to the present and consist of records regarding exhibitions, acquisitions, board of trustees, individual departments, correspondence, building records, photographs/negatives, etc. These records represent the history of SFMOMA by recounting the art and artists that have been collected and displayed as well as the thinking that has informed these choices. They also represent the broader unique contributions that this Museum has made to modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century.