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Donating Papers

How to donate your papers and other primary records to the Archives of American Art.

The Archives of American Art collects primary source materials—original letters, writings, preliminary sketches, scrapbooks, photographs, financial records and the like—that have significant research value for the study of art in America.

We seek the personal papers of individuals and the records of organizations that include letters from, or references to, prominent figures in American cultural history; a significant body of unpublished manuscript material; and documentation on major American artists or major art trends.

Here's what we're looking for:

  • Personal letters from colleagues in the arts, family, and friends covering a wide span of years
  • Professional correspondence with galleries, dealers, collectors, critics, institutions, and organizations, including drafts or copies of outgoing letters
  • Diaries or journals giving a day-by-day view of the subject's ideas and activities, travels, sales, exhibitions, and options
  • Sketchbooks, loose sketches, and studies
  • Photographs, slides, film, audio and video not only of work but of the subject's family, friends, and studio
  • Lectures, addresses, and unpublished articles
  • Scrapbooks, clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements
  • Teaching material, including lecture notes, reports, and comments
  • Research files
  • Financial papers, including bills, receipts, lists, and ledgers
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