Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Librarian & Interim Archivist
P: 215.340.9800 ext. 150
The James A. Michener Art Museum Library supports the museum’s mission to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art with a focus on art of the Bucks County region. A resource for research, general information, and educational materials on American art, with a focus on the arts of Bucks County of all creative disciplines and on the Michener Art Museum, the Library and Archives serves the research needs of the museum’s staff and volunteers as well as outside scholars and other persons demonstrating a need to consult its collections for research purposes.
The Library Collection
The nucleus of the Library’s holdings focuses on the following subjects: Bucks County artists of all disciplines (visual, literary, performing arts); and American art with an emphasis on American painting, prints, drawings, photography, sculpture, decorative arts, design, and architecture.
The Library maintains reference files on more than 1,500 regional artists of all creative disciplines. Ephemeral material in the form of news clippings, articles, photographs, and pamphlets are stored in vertical files where appropriate.
The Library holdings are non-circulating and for reference only. The Library is accessible by appointment for outside patrons and museum members demonstrating a need to consult its collections for research purposes. Museum staff and docents do not need appointments to have access to the collections (except the rare book collection) during normal Library hours.
The James A. Michener Art Museum Archives supports the museum’s mission and serves as the museum’s permanent memory.
Since its inception in 1988, the Michener Art Museum has generated and collected a significant volume of archival resources relating to visual and other arts in Bucks County, as well as its own institutional history and records. These documentary and published materials represent an asset of on-going use and growing importance to the museum’s curators and staff, the Bucks County community, outside scholars, and collectors.
The Michener Archives include: early photographs of the original Bucks County Prison; files and photographs pertaining to the antecedents and allied organizations important to the arts in Bucks County (e.g., photographs of the Lambertville Music Circus, pre-museum records of the Bucks County Council on the Arts); special collections documenting the work and/or activities of particular artists or writers (Sarah Hicks’s journal; Daniel Garber’s printmaking tools, paint brushes and smock; papers of Phillip Lloyd Powell, George Sotter, William Lathrop, James Michener and George Nakashima, including Soul of a Tree drawings); oral history interviews with area artists; museum records relating to Director and Board of Trustees; past exhibitions; marketing; special museum events and programs.
For further information or to schedule an appointment, please contact our Librarian and Interim Archivist at 215 340 9800 x 150 or by e-mail.
For more information on appraisals, visit our Permanent Collections page.
Access to the Archives
- Michener Archives materials do not circulate and can only be used in the Archives when the Archivist is present.
- The Michener Archives is open by appointment only. Appointments must be scheduled with at least two weeks advance notice by completing an Appointment Request form. Please include desired dates and times.
- Certain materials in the archival collections are not available to the public in order to protect individual privacy and proprietary rights of the museum, when materials cannot be safely handled, or by donor request. Unprocessed materials are not available to outside researchers.
- All photocopying or other forms of reproduction are subject to staff approval and will be undertaken by the staff; a fee for this service is payable according to themuseum’s fee structure.
- Archival materials are never to be altered or defaced.
- The museum holds literary rights only for material created by museum personnel or given to the museum with such rights specifically granted. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication and for other purposes where stated.
- Archival materials may only be published with the written consent of the Archivist and Collections Registrar.