Evan C. Douglas hand-colored photograph of the museum circa 1920. Gift of Estate of Marjory and Victor Hansen


The archives 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 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.

Anyone interested in viewing the archives in person must make an appointment with 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. 

Searching the archives

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
Jamison Galleries 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

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