The E. Kirkbride Miller Art Research Library has a non-circulating collection of over 83,000 items and is undergoing renovation through Fall 2022. The collection includes monographs, reference books and databases, collection and exhibition catalogues, scholarly periodicals, auction catalogues, and vertical files.
Electronic resources available on site include:
- Art Index Retrospective and Art & Architecture Source
- Artists’ Signatures
- Oxford Art Online
- P4A Antiques References
Archives and Manuscripts Collections
The Archives and Manuscripts Collections include the BMA’s institutional records and the personal papers of collectors, former staff members, and individuals with a close connection to the Museum. The Archives’ collection houses primary source material including letters, diaries, meeting minutes, photographs and films, audio recordings, architectural plans, financial documents, and curatorial research notes.
The BMA Library & Archives Digital Collections contain digitized materials from institutional records and manuscripts, including photographs, audio recordings, videos, receipts, BMA publications, and correspondence. Highlights include photographs of Etta Cone and Claribel Cone, letters from 19th century artists to George A. Lucas, recordings of lectures at the BMA, and photographs of the BMA’s earliest exhibitions.
To learn more about the materials in the Archives, start by reviewing the finding aids, which are keyword searchable with your browser’s find function (Ctrl+f). You will find general descriptions of categories of materials called series or sub-series—correspondence, financial records, research, etc. When the significance of the materials warrants more information, detailed folder or item descriptions may also be included.