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“…a repository of inestimable value, like the art world’s Fort Knox.”– contemporary art collector and friend of the Archives

The Archives of American Art is a research center within the Smithsonian Institution. We are the world’s pre-eminent and most widely used research center dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary sources that document the history of the visual arts in America.

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