The Dallas Museum of Art Archives was established to preserve and administer the Museum's permanent institutional records and special collections. The mission of the Archives is to support the mission of the Dallas Museum of Art by identifying, collecting, preserving and making available for research: 1.) Museum records of enduring value created, received, or maintained by the museum and its  employees; and 2.) Special collections of individuals and organizations related to the collection and activities of the Dallas Museum of Art, and the art community in Dallas and surrounding areas.

Institutional Records

The Dallas Museum of Art Archives is the official repository for records of enduring value created by museum staff in the course of official business. Institutional records kept in the archives include the non-current files of the following departments: Director's Office, Curatorial Affairs, Collections and Exhibitions, and External Affairs. Types of records kept in the archives include, but are not limited to, exhibition records, correspondence, historical photographs and documents, audio and video recordings, architectural drawings, scrapbooks, printed material, and ephemera. Certain institutional records are restricted by law due to their confidential nature. Individuals possessing historical records that relate to the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts and the Dallas Art Association are encouraged to donate items to the archives.

Exhibition History

DMCA = Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts (established in 1957; merged with DMFA on May 30, 1963)

View selected exhibition catalogues and related exhibition material (1903-1984) on the Portal to Texas History

Browse these lists for the names of artists whose work was included in selected group exhibitions held between 1903 and 1993.
Alphabetical list by artist with exhibition(s) referenced (PDF)
Chronological list of exhibitions with artists referenced (PDF)

Contact us at for further information about past exhibitions.

Special Collections

In addition to institutional records, the archives holds records that document the local arts community and/or relate to the the Museum’s collections. The special collections maintained by the archives include:

500X Gallery Records
Barbara Lucile Maples Papers 
Barney Delabano Scrapbooks
Coreen Mary Spellman Papers
Carolyn Sortor Papers
Dallas Art Assocation Records
Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts (DMCA) Records
DW Gallery Records
Edmund Kahn Papers on Charles Sheeler
Gray Matters Gallery Records
Heri Bert Bartsch Papers
Joan Davidow Papers
John and Nora Wise Papers on Pre-Columbian Art
Karen Erxleben Weiner Collection
Pamela Nelson Papers
Paul Rogers Harris Papers
Randall Garrett Papers
Roy Fridge Films
Texas Artist Files, The Barrett Collection, Dallas, Texas
Victor Dada Records

Oral Histories

The archives collects and maintains oral history interviews with people who have actively participated in the history of the Museum. Transcripts of unrestricted interviews are available to the public upon request. For a current list of the interviews that are available, contact the Archivist.

Archives Use

Reference Services: Email, telephone and mail reference services are available. For more information, contact the archivist or (214) 922-1367.

Hours and Accessibility: The archives is open by appointment only. Appointments should be made at least two weeks in advance to ensure the availability of the archival materials requested.

Restricted Materials: Certain institutional records are restricted by law, by office of origin, or by donor. Restricted materials may not be accessed without written permission from the donor and the Archivist. The Archivist reserves the right to restrict the use of materials that are not yet processed or arranged, as well as materials of exceptional value or fragile condition.

Using Archival Materials: Archival materials are rare, unique, and original and must be handled with care. They must not be marked, torn, cut, folded, leaned on, handled poorly, or otherwise damaged. Do not trace archival materials, or take notes on top of them. Never adhere post-it notes, paperclips, or other potentially harmful materials to archives. Notify staff of any items that require preservation attention. Always maintain the existing order of materials within each folder and box. Never rearrange or alter the location of archival materials. Do not separate materials from their folders. Use gloves when handling photographs or other fragile materials as directed by archives staff. Material may not be removed from the archives research area. Archival materials are never loaned and are not to leave the premises under any condition.

Requests for Materials: Researchers may request only four boxes at a time. The researcher may use only one box at a time. Remove only one folder at a time from each box.

Publishing Archival Materials: Written permission from the Archivist must be obtained before publishing archival materials. In giving permission to copy, quote from, or publish, the Archives does not surrender its own right to publish such material or to grant permission to others to do so. Archival material will not be reproduced in violation of copyright laws. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission to publish. Researchers assume full responsibility for the use of material obtained from the Archives and conformity to the law of defamation, privacy, and copyright. The researcher shall indemnify and hold harmless the DMA and the DMA Archives staff from any claims arising as a result of his or her use of the material obtained. In the event that the donors have retained literary rights to their materials, the researcher must obtain written permission from them before publication of any such material. If portions of the archives are reproduced in published or unpublished sources, citations must include: "[Collection Title, Folder Title, Box #], Dallas Museum of Art Archives, Dallas, Texas." A copy of any published work that includes materials used in the DMA Archives must be presented to the DMA Archives at no cost.

For more information, contact the archivist.