NMWA LRC Archives
Primary source materials from the LRC Archives

The Archives serve as a locus of primary source research for curators, scholars, and students performing research on women’s contributions to the arts and the history of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Archives of Women Artists

The Archives of Women Artists is dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of women artists and organizations that promote women’s contributions to the arts.

Archival collections include correspondence from Frida Kahlo, drawings and correspondence by Doris Lee, the palette and brush of Eulabee Dix, printmaking tools used by Grace Albee, Dulah Evans Krehbiel Card Collection, and a variety of papers that document the life and career of feminist artist Anita Steckel. The library creates rotating exhibitions that showcase the library’s special collections material and provide visitors the opportunity to discover and interpret primary source research material.

The Collections Development Policy of the Archives of Women Artists is available by contacting the LRC

View the finding aids for the Archives of Women Artists

NMWA Institutional Archives

The Institutional Archives document NMWA’s founding, history, departmental operations, and its work towards championing women in the arts. Materials include correspondence, memos, handwritten notes, reports, contracts, Board meeting minutes, press releases and coverage, publications, administrative records, photographs and slides, oral/video histories, and building plans and blueprints.  The bulk of the coverage spans from 1969 to the present. The archives also houses photographs and slides of the museum’s historic building construction in 1908.

The LRC welcomes all archives-related reference requests from the public and NMWA staff. Selected materials or collections may be restricted. For questions or inquiries, contact the LRC at 202-266-2835 or email

Digital Archives

The LRC is committed to preserving the online presence of the museum. Additionally, the LRC extends its tradition of preserving and providing information about women in the arts by generating a digital archive of artists’ websites. Both digital collections are continuously updated, and created using the Internet Archive’s Archive-It service for museums and libraries.

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