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Special Collections

The Special Collections of the Library & Archives at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery consist of more than 700 rare or unique published and unpublished materials relevant to the history and study of modern and contemporary art. Our holdings include:

  • First edition monographs and serials
  • Art objects
  • Artists’ books
  • Illustrated books
  • Artists’ sound recordings
  • Videos of oral history interviews with artists

These holdings may be discovered through the Library Catalog

Special Ephemera Collection

Special Collections also includes the Special Ephemera Collection, which includes various ephemeral items, many of which are exhibition announcements. Unlike items in the Library’s general ephemera collection, the Special Ephemera Collection items are rare, unique, or otherwise special, some having been created by the artists themselves.

The Special Ephemera Collection has been inventoried. Please contact the Librarian at 716.270.8240 to access the inventory.

Natalie and Irving Forman Papers

Special Collections also includes the Natalie and Irving Forman Papers, and the Forman Library. Avid art collectors for more than fifty years, Natalie and Irving Forman bestowed their vast collection of more than 200 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in 2005. An important facet of this gift was the donation of the Formans’ personal papers and library. This collection documents the close relationships the Formans 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, Forman art collection inventories, and exhibition records. View Finding Aid