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Museum Archives

The Albright-Knox’s Archives include the official records of the museum’s governing body, The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy; documentation of artist interviews conducted by the Albright-Knox; and special collections of archival material donated to the museum by artists, collectors, and others.

The term archival material denotes records that are preserved for their enduring legal, administrative, and/or historical value. Archival records may be in any format, and archival collections can include letters, postcards, meeting minutes, notebooks, typescripts, drafts, photographs, video recordings, audio recordings, and more.

The museum’s Archives are available by appointment to docents, students, scholars, university and college faculty, and others in the community with advanced research needs. To schedule an appointment, please contact Archivist Gabrielle Carlo at 716.270.8275 or gcarlo@albrightknox.org.

Due to our ongoing AK360 Campus Development and Expansion Project, research requests will be on hold after November 1, 2019, until further notice.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Records

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Records document the history of the organization from its inception in 1862 as The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy to the present day. They consist of the official records of the museum, its staff, and its volunteer organizations, including minutes of the Board of Directors; department files, such as curatorial exhibition files and registrarial shipping and loan records; directors’ correspondence; photographs; and video and audiotape interviews.

Highlights include installation photographs of exhibitions held at the Albright Art Gallery / Albright-Knox Art Gallery from the 1940s to the 1990s and files on important exhibitions such as the Alfred Stieglitz–organized International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography in 1910 and Contemporary Art—Acquisitions 1954–1957 in 1957, the opening of which was attended by a veritable who’s who of Abstract Expressionist artists.

A finding aid is available for Albright-Knox Art Gallery Records through about 1987. In addition, finding aids are available for the records of our first eight directors: Charles M. Kurtz (1905–1909), Cornelia Bentley Sage Quinton (1910–1924), William M. Hekking (1925–1931), Gordon B. Washburn (1931–1942), Andrew C. Ritchie (1942–1949), Edgar C. Schenck (1949–1955), Gordon M. Smith (1955–1973), and Robert T. Buck, Jr. (1973–1983). To determine if the Records hold materials relevant to your research needs, please contact Archivist Gabrielle Carlo at 716.270.8275 or gcarlo@albrightknox.org.

Video Vasari

Begun in 1975, the Video Vasari project documented thoughts, theories, ideas, and personalities of major figures in modern and contemporary art through interviews conducted by the Albright-Knox. The majority of interviews are still in their native format, and are digitized at the cost of the requestor on an as-needed basis. To receive an inventory of the Video Vasari collection, please contact Archivist Gabrielle Carlo at 716.270.8275 or gcarlo@albrightknox.org.

Special Archival Collections

The Albright-Knox holds several special collections of archival materials that were donated to us because they pertain to artists or artworks in our Fine Art Collection.

Natalie and Irving Forman Papers

Avid art collectors for more than fifty years, Natalie and Irving Forman bestowed their collection of 96 paintings, sculpture, and works on paper to the Albright-Knox in 2005. An important facet of this gift was the donation of the Formans’ archival papers. This collection documents the close relationships the couple shared with numerous contemporary artists, and serves as a further expression of their lifelong passion for reductivist art. The Natalie and Irving Forman Papers contain extensive artist files, correspondence, photos, exhibition announcements, collection inventories, and exhibition records. They are fully processed and are open to researchers by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please contact Archivist Gabrielle Carlo at 716.270.8275 or gcarlo@albrightknox.org.

Clyfford Still Photo-Documentation

This special archival collection contains complete photographic documentation of the oeuvre of Clyfford Still. In 1959, the Albright Art Gallery presented the first large-scale survey exhibition of Still’s career, including 72 paintings dating from 1936 to 1957. In 1964, Still gave the museum 31 paintings. This donation joined two works already in the museum’s collection, bringing the number of his works in Buffalo to 33. Today, the Albright-Knox is the largest repository of the artist’s work outside the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver. Learn More about the Clyfford Still Collection at the Albright-Knox

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