Photo: Don Ross

About the Archives

The purpose of the Archives is to collect, preserve, and share museum records, artifacts, and memorabilia. In this way, the history of SFMOMA — its place within the art canon — along with its collections and exhibitions, are cared for and available to future generations. We hold records from the Office of the Director(s), exhibition documentation and photographs, publications, sound and video recordings of events, and more.

The Archives are open by appointment only. Visitors must request an appointment at least two weeks in advance of their intended visit.

When you fill out the appointment request form, include citations for the materials you need. Find citations in our Finding Aids.


Highlights from the Archives

  • Curatorial Records, 1959-78
  • Education Department Records, 1957-66
  • Elise S. Haas Papers, 1921-91
  • Exhibition Records, 1934-ongoing
  • Film Department Records, 1944-65
  • Film Department Records, 1970-80
  • Golden Gate International Exposition Records, 1937-41
  • Office of the Director Records, 1935-58
  • Office of the Director Records, 1959-65
  • Office of the Director Records, 1966-72
  • Office of the Director Records, 1974-86
  • Photographs Collection, 1935-75
  • Publications Collection, 1935-ongoing
  • Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Records, 1960-81
  • Research Library Records, 1940-68
  • Women’s Board Records, 1934-77


Image: Letter from Peggy Guggenheim to Grace McCann Morley, September 25, 1945; 1945 Galleries: Art of the Century; Office of the Director 1935-58, Administrative Records