Research Collections

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.

Extent of the Catalogue

The Archive catalogue (Calm) lists the holdings of the catalogued collections in the Archive. You can expect to find the following on the Archive catalogue: 

  • Gilbert Benthall Archive
  • Brinsley Ford Archive
  • Howard Colvin Archive
  • W.G. Constable Archive
  • Hunting Art Prizes Archive
  • John Ingamells Archive
  • Oliver Millar Archive
  • Paul Mellon Centre Institutional Archive – please note that not all of these are currently open for consultation
  • Dennis Sharp Archive
  • Ellis Waterhouse Archive
  • Christopher Wright Archive

The remainder of the Centre’s archive collections are uncatalogued. These have been boxlisted and are available to download as PDF documents.

How to search

There are two ways of searching the catalogue:

  1. A simple search using a key word, e.g. ‘Reynolds’ inserted in the ‘Any Text’ box will retrieve all information on anyone with this surname on the catalogue.
  2. An advanced search using the vertical tiles on the left side of the Archive Catalogue Home page.

Tips for searching the boxlists

Although the boxlists do not contain as much information as the Archive Catalogue entries, it is possible to search the PDF boxlists by typing ‘ctrl’ and ‘F’ and entering a key word.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

It is possible that you may not be able to find something we have because not all of the collection material is completely catalogued. This is an ongoing process and material is added on a regular basis. In addition, collections are catalogued to file level, therefore, individual items are not searchable through the Archive Catalogue. Please contact collections staff if you can’t find what you are looking for on the Archive Catalogue.

The following material will not appear on the Archive Catalogue and you should search the boxlists (where available), which can be downloaded on the collection description pages, or contact Collections staff for more information:

  • Malcolm Baker Archive
  • John Edgecumbe Archive
  • Judy Egerton Archive
  • John Gage Archive
  • Daphne Haldin Archive
  • John Hayes Archive
  • Frank Herrmann Archive
  • Luke Herrmann Archive
  • Paul Joyce Archive
  • Hugh McAndrew Archive
  • Evelyn Newby Archive
  • Ben Nicolson Archive
  • William Packer Archive
  • Robert Raines Archive
  • William Roberts Archive
  • Brian Sewell Archive
  • Frank Simpson Archive
  • Alistair Smart Archive
  • Malcolm Stewart Archive
  • Roy Strong Archive
  • Giles Waterfield Archive

Other ways to access research resources

Archives Hub - archiveshub.ac.uk/

The Archives Hub provides a gateway to many of the UK's richest historical archives. Some of the Centre’s archive holdings are included in this database.

TNA Discovery - discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk

Discovery holds more than 32 million descriptions of records held by The National Archives and more than 2,500 archives across the country. Over 9 million records are available for download. Some of the Centre’s archive holdings are included in this database. 

Aim 25 - aim25.ac.uk

AIM25 is a major project to provide electronic access to collection level descriptions of the archives of over one hundred higher education institutions, learned societies, cultural organisations and livery companies within the greater London area. Some of the Centre’s archive holdings are included in this database.