Not Just A Place For Looking At Art

Museums are not just places for looking at art. Curators, educators and others also conduct research on the museum collection, write papers and develop themes for exhibitions and catalogues. The DIA's Research Library & Archives has been critical to serving the scholarly activities of the museum. The collection contains more than 191,000 volumes, 300 periodical titles and 5,000 cubic feet of archival material in a variety of formats. Resources include DIA publications, auction catalogues, catalogues raisonnés, national and international museum publications, artist monographs, and finding aids to our archival collections. Foreign publications make up a substantial part of our collection.

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Our Research Library & Archives is a member of the DALNET (Detroit Area Library Network) consortium of libraries comprised of special, academic, and public libraries and other information providers. Thanks to a DALNET grant, we were able to digitize and create access to earlier Detroit Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Arts' Bulletins and Annual Reports (1891-1960) and exhibition catalogues (1886-1923) through our website.

Please visit Rights and Reproduction to request permission to use images of works in our collection.