GUIDE TO AMA's ARCHIVES

AMA's archives are devoted to the collection and preservation of papers and other records related to the art and artists of the Americas with particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Initiated in the early 1940s, the archives complement the museum's permanent art collection and serve as a central clearing-house for information on a broad geographical region. The exhibition catalogs, announcements, exhibition records, photographs, letters, news clippings, art periodicals, and other types of documents that make up the collection provide a rich research resource for students and scholars.

For further information or to make arrangements to consult the archives, please call 202-458-3362 or aospinaj@oas.org

 

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST VERTICAL FILES

-SCOPE Information about individual artists with an emphasis on contemporary Latin American and Caribbean artists

-MATERIAL TYPES Exhibition catalogs, news releases, announcements, notices, press clippings photographs, letters and biographical material.

-FILE ORGANIZATION Alphabetical by last name, either in an individual file or within the appropriate cumulative file at the beginning of each alphabetical group.

-LOCATION Casita building. Vertical files may be consulted on an appointment basis by calling the museum at 202-458-3362

 

 

EXHIBITION VERTICAL FILES

-SCOPE Information relating specifically to exhibitions at the OAS (formerly Pan American Union) dating from the 1940s to 1985.

-MATERIAL TYPES Exhibition catalogs, news releases, announcements, notices, press clippings, photographs, price lists, administrative records, letters and biographical material.

-FILE ORGANIZATION Chronologically by year dating from the 1940s to 1985. LOCATION: Columbus Memorial Library. Records accessible by year of transfer to library and may be consulted on an appointment basis by calling the museum at 202 458 3362. For a list of exhibitions please see Contemporary Latin American Artists: Exhibitions at the Organization of American States 1941-1985published by Scarecrow Press in 2 volumes

 


INDIVIDUAL COUNTRY VERTICAL FILES

-SCOPE Information of a general nature about the visual arts in individual member countries of the Organization of American States. Emphasis on 20th century but some limited material on pre-Columbian and colonial art, film, and architecture

-MATERIAL TYPES Catalogs of group shows, national and international biennial and salon catalogs including Sao Paulo Biennial catalogs, CAYC publications, museum newsletters, Boletin de Artes Visuales, auction catalogs, catalogs and press clippings related to specific art groups such as Taller de Grafica Popular (Mexico)

-FILE ORGANIZATION Alphabetically by country then subdivided chronologically by year.

-LOCATION Casita building. Vertical files may be consulted on an appointment basis by calling the museum at 202 458 3362