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.

Request an Appointment

All researchers using the resources of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Archives must complete an appointment request form.

Finding Aids

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

Programs and Collections