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Walters Art Museum Research Library and Archives

The Library and Archives at the Walters Art Museum are a rich art-historical research collection that includes books, serials, exhibition catalogs, auction and dealer catalogs, databases, and special collections and archival materials. The library collection of more than 120,000 volumes supports research related to the museum’s art collection of ancient, medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century, Asian, and Islamic and Southeast Asian art, as well as the study of manuscripts and rare books. Its materials are specialized in nature; many of them originally belonged to Henry Walters.

The archives document the institutional history of the Walters Art Museum and include the papers of museum founders William T. and Henry Walters; materials related to 19th-century American art collecting; and records of early curatorial, conservation, and Registrar’s staffs. Finding aids of archival collections will be posted here as they become available.

The Research Library and Archives is open to and welcoming of visiting scholars, students, and the public by appointment Monday–Friday 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Researchers are requested to consult the library catalog in advance and to include in their appointment request the appropriate call numbers of materials they wish to consult. The Library and Archives are non-circulating collections. Photocopying and scanning are available; photography without flash is permitted in the reading room.

Please contact the curator associated with your area of research for more information. Inquiries regarding the consultation of medieval manuscripts, incunabula, and rare books should be directed to the Assistant Curator of Rare Book and Manuscripts at