The Booth Museum Research Library is a non-circulating reference library for Western American art, culture, and history. The Library also has small collections of reference materials on Civil War history, United States presidential history, and local history that support the collections of Booth Western Art Museum. 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,
e-mail, or see the customer service representative at the front desk.

Visitor and Research Information

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 or submission of a Research Request Form (available at the Reference Desk). Library personnel 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 Book Collection

Books in the Library’s database can be located by using the Library’s public access computers. Please ask Library personnel for assistance with the catalog. The Library staff will be happy to assist you in locating books on shelves and in adhering to proper book handling guidelines.

Special Book Collection

Books not located on the open shelves in the Library of Congress Classification System sequence may be shelved elsewhere because of condition, value, size, or subject.

Periodicals Collection

Periodicals include magazines, newspapers, and other serial publications available for browsing and research. All holdings are listed in the Library’s database. Current issues are displayed in the Library, and back issues are shelved alphabetically by title, then in chronological order. Some bound periodicals may be shelved with special collections. The Library subscribes to many Western, American and general art magazines, Civil War history magazines and museum publications. Please see the Library staff for assistance in using the Periodical Collection.

Artist Files

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 Videos

The Multimedia Collection includes programs on art and individual artists, as well as documentary recordings of programs and lectures at the Museum. All videotapes, DVD’s and CD’s may only be viewed in the Library. Museum personnel, volunteers, or educators may check out select videotapes. Please see Library personnel for assistance.

Oral Histories

The Museum’s artist oral history collection is available to be viewed in the Library.

Acquisitions Policy

Donation offers of books relating to the Library’s collecting scope 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 see 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

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.


Booth Western Art Museum
501 Museum Drive
PO Box 3070
Cartersville, Georgia 30120