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Library, Archives, and Special Collections

The Barnes Foundation’s Honickman Art Library and institutional archives provide scholars and visitors access to important resources relating to the institution’s history and collection. Located in the Philadelphia campus, the library is home to over 9,000 books, periodicals, databases, and other resources on art history—especially 19th- and 20th-century artistic movements—art education, visual literacy, philosophy, psychology, and art conservation.

The archives includes documents related to the Foundation's development, correspondence from significant figures in our institution's history, and rare books, pamphlets, and exhibition catalogues. Of particular interest to researchers is Dr. Barnes’s correspondence, which comprises 125 linear feet of letters between Barnes and figures such as Paul Philippe Cret, Charles Demuth, John Dewey, Paul Guillaume, Charles S. Johnson, Jacques Lipchitz, Henri Matisse, Pierre Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles and Maurice Prendergast, Bertrand Russell, Leo Stein, and Carl Van Vechten. 


The Honickman Art Library and the archives are open by appointment only. For more information, email our Reference department or call 215.278.7280.

View our Archives, Libraries, & Special Collections online catalogue.

Use our finding aids. These helpful guides to archival and special collections material will help you find and select items for your research.