The Museum Archives

The Archives of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was established through the generous support of planning and implementation grants awarded by the Getty Foundation in 2004 and 2007 through the special initiatives “On the Record: Art in LA 1945-1980” and “Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980.”  It is the repository for LACMA’s institutional records of enduring value; collecting preserving and making them available through the Balch Art Research Library. The Archives also includes a select number of collections relating artists and others who have made important contributions to the Museum.

For additional information please contact the Balch Research Library by calling 323 857-6118 or sending an email to

Finding Aids

As archival collections are processed, finding aids describing the nature and contents of each collection will be posted on the web site of the Online Archive of California. Their database of archival collections from all over the state of California allows you to search across multiple institutions for materials relevant to your research topic in one place. Learn more about the Online Archive of California.

Search across all of LACMA’s available finding aids:

Or select from the list below:

Artist and gallery ephemera, Bulk 1965-1990, Ongoing
Ebria Feinbratt Papers, 1929-1991
Eleanor Antin, 100 Boots Feedback, 1968-1974, Bulk 1970-1974
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Exhibition Records, 1973-2003
Michael G. Wilson collection of Félicien Rops Letters and Other Material, 1854-1913
Modern Art Department Art and Technology Records, 1967-2007, Bulk 1967-1971
Papers of Michael and Dorothy Blankfort, 1964-1995
Photo Services Department Art and Technology Slides, 1970-1971
Photo Services Department Campus and Building Slides, 1964-1992
Public Information Office Records, 1973-1974
Ann Meselson Collection on Chinese Snuff Bottles and Japanese Netsuke, 1920-2002, Bulk 1960-1990
Office of Public Information Photographs, 1944-1989, Bulk 1960-1975 

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