The Archives

The Wadsworth Atheneum’s archives contain the historical records of the museum, dating back to its founding in 1842 to the present. These records include official documents, photographs, correspondence, motion pictures, video and audiotapes of museum events, oral histories, catalogs, bulletins, annual reports, and memorabilia.

The archives contain more than 300,000 pages of preserved documents, including correspondence with important figures in the art world such as John Trumbull, Benjamin West, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Thomas Cole, J. Pierpont Morgan, Gertrude Stein, Virgil Thomson, Alexander Calder, Piet Mondrian, Le Corbusier, Alfred Barr, Philip Johnson, Lincoln Kirstein, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, and Andrew Wyeth.

Due to the COVID crisis, the archives are currently unavailable for research and research requests.