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.

Holiday closures: December 23, 2022, through January 3, 2023.

Library and Study Room Hours

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Closed
Wednesday, Friday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday (September through May) 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Other times by appointment
Shelves of archival boxes are on the left. On the right are two people reviewing archival materials.

The Library is open during public hours with a staff member available to assist you, no appointment necessary.

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!

A selection of badges in a display case.

The selection of badges chronicles the annual Fort Worth Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show.

Stock Show Badges

January 14–February 4, 2023

This selection of badges chronicles the annual Fort Worth Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. Many of the badges belonged to one of the exposition's most prominent supporters, Amon G. Carter Sr. (1879–1955). Carter, who began serving as vice president of the event in 1924, was among those who guided the stock show in the direction of being a celebration of the region's frontier heritage. Some of the later badges belonged to Carter's son, Amon G. Carter Jr. (1919–1982), who served as chairman of the board of the stock show from 1958 until his death.

Both men gave their badges to Boone Blakeley (1911–1999), who worked for the elder Carter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from 1941 until 1977 and at the Museum from 1977 until his death. Blakeley bequeathed his collection of badges to the Museum, and recent additions have been generously donated by Edward P. Bass and Trish Williamson in Blakeley's memory.

Also on view in the Library, Bookmaking as Art through May 21.