Archives & Library

Archive Collections

The Centre holds and provides access to archive material relating to the study of British art and architectural history. The collections contain the research papers of art historians, museum directors and curators; dealers; art critics, collectors and other individuals working in the field of art history.

Paul Mellon Centre Institutional Archive

This material has been catalogued. Please search the archive catalogue for full details. (Ref PMC)

The Paul Mellon Centre Institutional Archive includes records created in the course of the everyday business of the Paul Mellon Centre (1970-present) and its predecessor The Paul Mellon Foundation (1963-1969) and relates to all aspects of business.

Many of the records contain personal data (information about living individuals) and for this reason are closed to the public.

Records that are open include those compiled in relation to the discontinued project to publish a multi-volume Dictionary of British Art (PMC35/2).

They also include material already in the public domain, specifically: Annual Reports (PMC3); Newsletters (PMC7); Press-cuttings (PMC8) and General Publicity Records (PMC10).

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art is an educational charity set up to promote original research into the history of British art and architecture. It was founded in 1970 following an endowment by Paul Mellon and is managed by Yale University. The Centre’s predecessor, The Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art, was set up in 1964 as a publishing venture, but closed in 1969.