Archives

The Phillips Collection


The Phillips Collection archives contain materials created by the museum's founding director Duncan Phillips, by his wife, Marjorie Phillips, who worked with him and succeeded him as director after his death in 1966, and by the museum's departments. The archives are non-circulating and are available by appointment.

The archives include Duncan and Marjorie Phillips's correspondence with artists whose works are represented in the collection, and with dealers, critics, and others. They contain a wealth of written material by Duncan Phillips, including 30 journals (primarily from his years at Yale and his early travels), about 200 published articles and 200 unpublished articles, seven books, and multiple drafts of many of his writings. Records related to the museum's departments include information associated with public events and programs as well as exhibition research.

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The Phillips Collection began its oral history program in 2004. Interviews are being conducted with former directors of The Phillips Collection, Phillips family members, current and former staff members, trustees, artists, and others who have first-hand knowledge of the museum's history. The interviews are conducted by Donita M. Moorhus, an oral historian. Researchers may consult oral history transcripts in the library.

Information on how to fund an oral history and other ways to support the library

Finding aids, or research guides, exist for a portion of the museum's archives. More will be added as archival collections are processed. Records are included in the online library catalog. 

CURATORIAL EXHIBITION RECORDS

DEPARTMENTAL RECORDS

GIFTS TO THE ARCHIVES