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The Phillips Collection Library and Archive supports research on works of art in the museum’s permanent collection, special exhibitions, and the history of the museum. The library collection includes books which focus on 19th- and 20th-century European and American art. Among the books are monographs on artists whose works are in the collection, exhibition catalogues, museum permanent collection catalogues, and books on photography, as well as Phillips Collection publications from the 1920s to the present. Vertical files provide information on individual artists, art subjects, and art institutions in the form of small exhibition catalogues, articles, and reviews. The library also subscribes to several online electronic resources.

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Handwritten letter from Georgia O'Keeffe to Duncan Phillips from 1949

The Archives

The Phillips Collection archive contains multiple collections of primary resource material as well as digitized records. Included are material created by the museum’s founding director, Duncan Phillips, his wife Marjorie Phillips, who succeeded him as director, and other records that document the history of the museum.

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Research Resources


ON-SITE SUBSCRIPTION DATABASES (only available on-site with an appointment)

  • JSTOR: Searchable access to full-text articles from over 1,000 scholarly journals.
  • Oxford Art Online: Provides access to several online art reference works, including Grove Art Online, the online version of the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and The Oxford Companion to Western Art.