The Booth Museum Research Library is a non-circulating reference library. The Library and Archives hold materials that support the collections and exhibitions of The Booth relating to Western American art, artists, culture, and history; Civil War history; United States presidential history; and local history.
Visitor and Research Information
The Library is available to all museum visitors by appointment only Tuesday through Friday during normal Museum hours. Children are welcome to use the Library with adult supervision. For more information call 770-387-1300 or
e-mail Marionh@boothmuseum.org, or see the customer service representative at the front desk.
All collections are non-circulating and may be used only within the Library. To ensure the preservation of these irreplaceable materials, access to certain collections, such as rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and other archival materials, may be restricted, requiring supervision by library personnel. Library staff will be happy to assist you with your research by retrieving requested materials. Please be considerate by using care with library materials and by complying with instructions of Library staff and regulations of the Museum.
General and Special Book Collections
Books in the Library’s database can be located by using the Library’s online catalog found on this page. Please contact Library personnel for assistance with the catalog. Library staff will be happy to assist you in locating books on shelves and in adhering to proper book handling guidelines. Our Special Book Collection requires assistance from Library staff due to condition, value, size, and location. Library staff will assist patrons with these materials upon request.
The Library subscribes to many Western, American and general art magazines, Civil War history magazines, newspapers, museum publications and other serial publications available for browsing and research. Please see the Library staff for assistance in using the Periodical Collection. American Art Collector, American Art Review, American Indian Art Magazine, Arizona Highways, Art of the West, Cowboys & Indians, Movie Collectors World, Persimmon Hill, Southwest Art, Western Art & Architecture, Western Art Collector, and The Western Historical Quarterly are among the titles for which we have the most complete collections. Please search ‘periodical’ in the online catalog for a more complete list of our titles.
This collection includes biographical information, exhibition announcements, pamphlets, and brochures documenting the work and exhibition record of individual artists. Published exhibition catalogs that are too small in size, too fragile in condition, or too unusual in format to be shelved in the regular book collection can be found in these Artists’ Files.
Auction and Sales Catalogs
Art, antique and rare book catalogs from several auction houses (Western auctions, Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and others) are available for reference. These catalogs are filed by auction house and date of auction. Most are accompanied by sales results.
The Manuscripts Collection includes movie scripts and transcripts of oral histories with artists in the permanent collection.
Multi Media/Lecture/Oral History Videos
The Multimedia Collection includes programs on art and individual artists, as well as documentary recordings of programs and lectures at the Museum. The Library is actively digitizing these from analog format to a digital format accessible mostly within the Library. Limited video programs are viewable via Youtube and Facebook. The Museum’s artist oral history collection is only available to be viewed in the Library. Please contact the Library for further information about our extensive multimedia collections.
Donation offers relating to the mission of the Museum are welcome. However, due to limited space, the Collections Committee is selective about what is accepted. They will evaluate all potential donations to the Library and decide whether to accept any potential donations. Gifts to the Library may be tax deductible. Please contact the Librarian for further information.
Photocopying is available for library users at a nominal charge. The Library staff will be happy to make copies for you. Materials that are at risk of damage because of their fragile condition may not be photocopied. Federal copyright law places certain restrictions on photocopying. The Booth Western Art Museum assumes no responsibility for copyright infringement by individual library users. Internet access may be available for library visitors for general research.
Ask Our Librarian
To submit a question to the librarian, please include the following information: name, email address, telephone, and the question. Please note any sources you have already tried, what types of materials you are looking for and the kind of project you are doing. Submit your question to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you within two working days with either an answer to your question or a request for clarification. If you need more immediate assistance, please call 770-387-1300 and ask for Marion Hudson, Librarian.