Research at the Carter

The Carter’s research facilities include a library of over 150,000 items, archives with both institutional and private papers, and a Study Room where you can view artwork up close. Plus there is always something exciting on view, from the latest periodicals and rare illustrated books to delicate drawings and archival documents.

The Library is open by appointment only from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Shelves of archival boxes are on the left. On the right are two people reviewing archival materials.

Materials may not be checked out, but scanning to email or a flash drive is free, as well as photocopies, printouts, and microform under 10 pages (after that a 15-cent charge per page applies).

In the Study Room, you can view special collection objects and artwork not currently on display. We are currently building a new interface for searching and accessing the Carter's art and archives resources; in the meantime please contact us if you'd like to know more about our collection or fill out this form if you would like to schedule an appointment.

Please note that access to the collections at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art does not imply permission to copy, quote, publish, or otherwise make public use of any part of the collection. Researchers assume the responsibility to secure such permissions, including permission from the Carter, prior to use.

Now on view

The Library at the Carter isn’t just a place for research. It’s also a place to explore! Several times a year, themed displays from our book shelves and archive collection are on view for visitors to discover. Here’s what’s on now!

Little Misfits

May 17–September 30, 2022

Curated by the Library’s Cristo Rey Work Study intern, Little Misfits highlights interesting and often overlooked books from the Library’s collection. With an eye for the surreal and unexpected, these books include vibrant woodcuts, fur-covered spines, and photographs that are not what they seem.

Image: Kenneth Price (1935-2012), Cup Gets the Worm, ca. 1968, lithograph, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 1968.368, © Kenneth Price