The Ingalls Library and Museum Archives are the research center of the museum. We are open to the public and ready to help with your art historical research. With more than 560,000 volumes and extensive electronic resources the Ingalls Library is one of the largest and most comprehensive art research libraries in the country.
Studying Rare and Archives Collection Materials at the Ingalls Library and Archives
Materials from the Rare Book Collection or the Museum Archives are studied in the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) Reading Room, under the supervision of library and archives staff.
Readers wishing to study materials from the Archives or Rare Book Collection are encouraged to make an appointment in advance. It is usually possible to accommodate readers without appointments, but depending on staff availability, paging times, and other appointments, same-day requests are not guaranteed. Furthermore, not all Archives Collections are open to the public. By calling ahead, patrons can make certain the desired materials are available.
For a complete overview of applicable policies and procedures, please consult the library’s Guidelines on Studying Rare and Archives Collection Materials
The Collection Development Policy is an organic document that will be revisited every three years in order to ensure its currency. The Collection Development Policy serves the following functions:
1) to summarize the scope and nature of existing collections
2) to facilitate coordination of ongoing collection development efforts
3) to provide the basis for cooperation with other institutions
4) to outline collection development objectives
Ingalls Library Online Database Restrictions
The U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of copies of copyrighted materials. The person using the databases offered here is liable for any infringement.
Following are general restrictions on the use of electronic databases. Others may also apply. Please request information from the Director of Library about restrictions associated with specific databases offered by the library:
It is your responsibility to observe the legal use of copyrighted data and information.
The Ingalls Library and Museum Archives reaffirms and emphatically supports the CMA’s DEI goals, as embodied in the 2018 plan. In support of these efforts, the library and archives will aggressively expand our collections, focusing on BIPOC and underrepresented groups and addressing these areas in our biannual review of our collection development policy. In addition to the acquisition of new material, we will review and update descriptions of library and archival materials for inclusive language and reparative description. The Ingalls Library and Museum Archives must be a space welcoming to new voices, new ideas, and new endeavors, to become a locus for engagement within and outside the library and the museum.
Ingalls Library and Museum Archives welcomes donations of funds or materials to augment the collections. Contact Acquisitions at email@example.com, and provide us with your contact information. Please be ready to provide us with an inventory of the items you are considering for donation.
In the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room
Materials from the Rare Book Collection or the Museum Archives are studied in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room, located in the Ingalls Library, under the supervision of library staff. For a complete overview of applicable policies and procedures please consult the library's Guidelines on Studying Rare and Archives Collection Materials.
In the Museum Archives
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