Archives & Library

About Our Collections

The collections at the Centre have been catalogued in accordance with the international standards relevant to each field. Consequently, there are different catalogues and finding aids for the Archives, Library and Photographic Archive collections. If you want to identify all the information of relevance to your research, we strongly recommend that you search each of our catalogues and finding aids.

If you are interested in a specific artist, you may find it helpful to start with our Artist Subject Guides.


Our Library Catalogue contains records of all books, exhibition catalogues, theses, auction catalogues and periodicals held in the library. An additional Periodical Holdings list is also maintained. For further information on how to search the catalogue, please see the Search Tips page.


Approximately two-thirds of our Archival holdings have been catalogued. The descriptions can be searched in our Archive Catalogue. An indicative selection of the material has been digitised and where this is the case digital images have been attached to the relevant catalogue record.

Box lists are available for uncatalogued collections. The cataloguing status of each archive collection is listed on the Archive pages. For further information on how to search for archive material, please see the Search Tips and How to Use Our Catalogue pages.

Photographic Archives

The Paul Mellon Centre Photographic Archive has been digitised in its entirety and its data has been transcribed so that it can be searched in our Photographic Archive Catalogue. Users are able to search, zoom, compare and download high-resolution images remotely.

The Tate Photographic Archive has not been digitised, but is searchable by artist's name in our Library Catalogue. The number of folders held on that artist is recorded.