Archives

The mission of the archives is to tell the story of the New Mexico Museum of Art from its inception as the art gallery of the Museum of New Mexico to the present. Our goal is to organize, preserve and make accessible information that documents the museum's cultural legacy for staff and the public.

The archives contain organizational records and manuscript collections created by or donated to the New Mexico Museum of Art that document how the museum came to be, what it has done and how it has impacted the community. These materials provide information about the museum's history of exhibitions, architecture, and community engagement since the establishment of the Museum of New Mexico in 1909. It includes the non-current records of the museum preserved because of their continuing institutional value as well as materials about professionals who worked with the museum such as artists, gallery owners, critics and scholars.

The archival collections consist of primary source material, including correspondence, audiovisual recordings, typescripts, reports, photographs, financial records, scrapbooks, diaries, sketches, press clippings, architectural drawings and printed ephemera. Currently, the bulk of the materials are in English and are from the United States.

The archives do not contain the museum's personnel or financial records that are property of the State Records Center and Archives or Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

Records documenting the registration and tracking of objects in a curated museum exhibit or display are kept with the Registrar's exhibition files and available to the public by appointment only. This may include loan agreements, insurance documents, shipping documents, copies of contracts, courier information, object values, correspondence with conservators, and acquisition forms concerning artwork in the permanent collection.

Paper finding aids for most collections are available in the museum library. A small number of detailed finding aids can be searched online through the Rocky Mountain Online Archive.  

The folllowing finding aids can also be downloaded and searched for keywords using Control F:

Bernique Longley Collection
 
BJO Nordfeldt Collection
 
Blumenschein Family Papers 
 
Cady Wells Collection
 
Contemporaries Art Gallery Records
 
Dasburg Family Papers
 
Dorothy Dunn Collection
 
Dorothy Newkirk Stewart Collection
 
Dorothy Morang Papers
 
Eugenie Shonnard Collection
 
Friends of Contemporary Art (Museum Foundation)
 
Gallery A (Taos) Collection
 
Governor's Gallery Collection
 
Helenn Rumpel Collection
 
Ina Sizer Cassidy Collection
 
John Candelario Collection
 
Lucy R. Lippard Collection
 
Marjory Hansen Collection
 
McNary Pipe Organ Papers
 
Museum of New Mexico Photo Group
 
Out West Exhibition Collection
 
Paula Hocks Collection
 
Porter Parsons Collection
 
Reed Family Papers (Joan Higgins Reed Collection)
 
Rick Dillingham Collection
 
Theodore Van Soelen Scrapbook Collection
 
Thomas S. Macaione Collection
 
Victor Higgins Papers (Joan Higgins Reed Collection)
 
William Lumpkins Collection
 
Will Shuster Papers
 

Researchers must make an appointment with the Librarian, Rebecca Potance, in order to access the archives.  For information about handling and reproduction of archival materials, refer to the Use of the Library and Archives Collections Form.  Photocopies of materials are available upon approval of the Librarian. 

If you have any questions about the museum's archival collections, please contact Rebecca Potance at 505-476-5061 or email rebecca.potance@state.nm.us.



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