Joan Mitchell Archives


Please note that, as we complete processing of our archival collections, the Archives are not currently available for on-site scholarly research. The Foundation may, at its discretion, be able to answer research questions or make selected materials available to scholars, curators, and researchers.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation's archives are accessible to qualified researchers interested in Joan Mitchell and her work. We are also available to answer reference questions, direct individuals to works by Mitchell in museum collections, and provide useful materials for art educators. In addition, we manage copyright and reproduction requests related to Mitchell's work, and provide students and scholars images and reproduction rights for publications at no charge.

A broad description of our holdings is below. For more detailed information about the contents of the archives, or to schedule a research visit, please contact our Archivist, Laura Morris, at [email protected].

Selected photographs and documents from the archives can be seen in the Timeline section of this website.

Collections (archives)

The archives of the Joan Mitchell Foundation include Joan Mitchell's personal papers, as well as significant family papers, photographs, exhibition records, interviews, published material, books from Mitchell's library, and other items collected during her lifetime. They also contain so-called archival art, which includes student work, sketchbooks, trial proofs, and gifts of artworks from friends, as well as some studio materials.

In addition, the archives contain materials collected since Mitchell's death in 1992, including exhibition catalogs and other publications, research files, symposia proceedings and recordings, a nascent oral history collection, and records of the Estate of Joan Mitchell and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. We continue an active program of collecting and preserving materials that illuminate Mitchell and her legacy. Notable recent acquisitions include the Joan Mitchell letters to Barney Rosset, Barney Rosset photographs, and Robert Freson photographs.

While the archives are open to all qualified researchers, appointments are required. We request the courtesy of 2–3 weeks' advance notice if you are planning a research visit.