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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Publications collection
    Dates: 1935-
    Collection Number: ARCH.ADM.009
    Creator/Collector: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    Extent: 43 linear feet (25 boxes, 32 oversize boxes, 7 flat boxes, 2 tubes, 91 vol.)
    Repository: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Abstract: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Publications collection documents the museum’s publications from 1935 to the present. It includes periodicals, catalogs, posters, invitations, ephemera, and miscellaneous objects. The bulk of the collection is exhibition related materials.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is available for use. Some materials are restricted for confidentiality or condition.

    Publication Rights

    For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the SFMOMA Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item description including date], Publications Collection, San FranciscoMuseum of Modern Art Archives.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Publications collection is a group of published material generated by the SFMA and SFMOMA from 1935 to the present, and represents a cross-section of the types of materials used as invitations, announcements, brochures, gallery guides, calendars, programs, and posters in addition to published monographs, periodicals, and exhibition catalogs.
    The collection documents every public aspect of the museum’s activities, including exhibitions, fundraising, education, special projects, anniversaries, and social events. The diversity of the publications reveals the breadth of the museum’s programming and the changes in focus of the programs and design of the publications made by each of the museum’s directors.
    The publications are topically divided into the types of publications, events or activities they represent, or based on the organizing group. Records are arranged into six series: Example Publications, SFMA/SFMOMA Activities, Women’s Board and MAC, Periodicals, Other Publications, and Exhibition Publications. The bulk of the collection is composed of exhibition materials.

    Indexing Terms

    Art, Modern—20th century—Exhibitions
    Art appreciation—Study and teaching
    Art exhibition audiences
    Art museums—Exhibitions
    Art rental and lending services—California—San Francisco
    California School of Fine Arts (San Francisco, Calif.)
    San Francisco Art Association
    San Francisco Art Institute
    San Francisco Museum of Art
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    San Francisco Museum of Art—Archives
    San Francisco Museum of Art—Exhibitions
    San Francisco Museum of Art—History—Sources
    San Francisco Museum of Art—Publishing
    San Francisco Museum of Art—Records and correspondence

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