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Library & Research Center

Two books, Fired Up! Ready to Go and I Was Their American Dream, rest on a tabletop, along with a small vase of pink and lavender flowers.

Information about the Library and Research Center

About the LRC

The Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center (LRC) at the National Museum of Women in the Arts holds a special collection of research material on women artists. The mission of the LRC is to facilitate knowledge creation about the history and achievements of inspirational women artists worldwide. It is the first major repository in the world for information about women artists. The museum’s founders, Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay, understood from the moment of its inception the importance of creating a research center for the study of art by women.

The LRC serves researchers of all ages and levels of expertise.

Though our Reading Room is currently closed during Renovation, the LRC is still offering a robust range of services to the public. We will continue to answer reference inquiries and research requests made via the form below or email at lrc@nmwa.org.

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Library & Research Center


An open artist’s book that is teardrop-shaped with two open flaps that resemble wings. The interior is an earthy red color with veiny brown lines. Inside the open teardrop shape is a tiny circular book with navy half-moon shaped pages.
Julie Chen, Chrysalis, 2014; Courtesy of the artist; © Julie Chen

LRC Resources

Online Catalog

Search the online catalog for books, periodicals, reference materials, artist books, zines, exhibition catalogues, and more.

Artists’ Books

From above, a partial view of a star-shaped carousel book with blue and white pages.
Learn about the LRC’s collection of nearly 800 unique artists’ books in a variety of mediums and formats.

Resources for Research

The LRC offers access to online databases as well as research guides on topics such as Latin American women artists, women sculptors, and women artists of the Dutch Golden Age. For help in accessing these resources, contact LRC@nmwa.org.


The LRC 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.

Rights & Reproductions

A partial view of an art gallery with four artworks on display, including a painted portrait of a young, pony-tailed medium-dark skinned girl in a yellow flowered dress against a pink background; a smaller portrait; and large abstract works with colorful shapes and gradients.
Find out how to order and reproduce images from the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Contact Form for the Library and Research Center

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