Library and Archives FAQs

  • Who can use the library and archives, and when are they available?
    Library collections are available to all museum visitors during weekly public hours (Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. and Thursdays, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.) and at other weekday times by appointment. Archival collections are available by appointment only; please make appointments by emailing library@cartermuseum.org or archivist@cartermuseum.org, or by calling 817.989.5040.
  • How big is the library collection?
    • Total items: about 150,000
    • Books: about 50,000 volumes
    • Periodicals/journals: 140 active subscriptions; about 800 titles; about 20,000 bound volumes and loose issues
    • Auction catalogs: about 8,000 catalogs
    • Microform: about 66,000 pieces of microfilm and microfiche
    • Ephemera: ca. 300 linear feet of folders representing over 10,000 names and subjects
    • Book storage: 6,887 linear feet of shelving
  • Does the museum library provide appraisal services?
    No. Museum staff do not appraise, evaluate, or authenticate works of art. To find an appraiser in your area, please contact the following organizations:
  • May I use a laptop computer in the reading room?
    Yes. Electrical outlets and public Wi-Fi are also available in the library reading room.
  • May I submit reference questions by email?
    Yes. Researchers may submit reference questions relevant to library and archives subject areas to library@cartermuseum.org or archivist@cartermuseum.org.
  • Is the library and archives catalog on the Internet?
    The library collection and selected materials from the museum archives are searchable via the Cultural District Library Consortium (CDLC) online catalog, which also includes library holdings at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
  • May I borrow materials from the library?
    No. The library is a research collection, and materials may not be removed from the museum building. Researchers may make photocopies at the cost of fifteen cents per page and microform copies at the cost of thirty-five cents per page. Digital scanning to email is free.
  • May I borrow through interlibrary loan?
    The library lends and borrows materials through the SHARES program of the Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN). Only museum staff may request to borrow materials from other libraries.
  • How do I research a work of art in the Amon Carter Museum’s collection?
    There are many published sources of information on works in the Amon Carter Museum, including the museum’s own publications, as well as many books about individual artists. The reference librarian can provide basic information from the museum’s collection database on a particular work of art. Limited use of the object accession files is available to researchers by contacting the museum archivist.
  • Do you have any old images of Fort Worth?
    The library has some early images of Fort Worth in both its book and ephemera collections. A more significant picture collection is maintained by the special collection division at the University of Texas at Arlington library, including the photographic archive of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and several other Fort Worth-related photograph collections. The Fort Worth Library and the Tarrant County archives also offer strong collections of historic Fort Worth images.
  • I have a Remington print that is stamped by the Collector’s Guild and the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art. What is it and does it have any value?
    In 1975-77, the Collector’s Guild in New York, working with the Morgan Press in Dobbs Ferry, New York, published a number of prints based on four wood engravings that Remington originally completed as illustrations for Harper’s Weekly. The titles of the images are Thrust His Lance Through His Body and Rode Him Down, Teaching a Mustang Pony to Pack Dead Game, Mexican Miners at Work-Drilling, and Thanksgiving Dinner for the Ranch. The original wood engravings are in the collection of the museum. Promotional material from the Collector’s Guild deceptively indicated that they were “pulled” from the original wood blocks and issued with a certificate of authenticity from the museum. In fact, these images were not printed from the original blocks but instead printed from copper electroplates based on the original images (the same printing technique that would have been used for printing the images in Harper’s Weekly). The museum attempted to disassociate itself from this printing project early on and never offered a certificate of authenticity. Recent market research shows that these prints have not accrued in value above their original price.
  • Do you have Amon G. Carter’s personal papers?
    The museum holds the papers of Amon G. Carter that relate to his art collecting activities. Additional Carter papers are housed in Special Collections, Texas Christian University Library.

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