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Museum Archives: Archival Holdings

Resource guide for those interested in using archival materials

Museum Archives Records

Present Holdings of the Archives

The entire archival collection comprises approximately 2,900 cubic feet, and dates from the 1880s to the present. Chief among the holdings are the records of all museum directors. Their correspondence and other files document the museum’s growth from the founding of the St. Louis School and Museum of Fine Arts, through its development as the City Art Museum, to its present activities as The Saint Louis Art Museum. 

Selected externally created collections are part of the Archives. Some of these collections include:

Art Department Records of the 1904 World's Fair

Halsey Cooley Ives Papers

Morton D. May Papers

Thelma & Bert Ollie Memorial Collection of Abstract Art by Black Artists Files for Research and Education









Museum Departments

The Museum Archives houses institutional records from the following departments. Certain departments, including Conservation and Registration, also maintain their own historic documentation in-house as it relates to permanent objects in the art collection.

Board Secretary / Controller's Office

Building Operations, Engineering, & Environmental




Community Relations / Public Relations

Development [RESTRICTED]


Director's Office

Education (now Learning & Engagement)

Exhibitions & Collections

Human Resources [RESTRICTED]

Information Technology


Museum Shop

Protection Services



Special Events - Program Office