Established to enable and encourage research in American art history, the Archives of American Art today is the largest single source for documentary materials on the visual arts of the United States. Numbering more than ten million items, the collections include correspondence, diaries , business papers, journals, and other documentation of artists, art institutions, collectors, critics, dealers, and scholars. The Archives also houses some three thousand oral and video history interviews, a half million photographs, and seventy-five thousand works of art on paper, including artists' sketchbooks. Encompassing American art from Colonial times to the present day, the Archives' collections represent artists of eighteen and nineteenth centuries as equally as contemporary artists.
The Archives' has an active Interlibrary Loan Program of collections on microfilm and the publication of a scholarly. A quarterly JOURNAL offers interpretive articles and reports on extant and new acquisitions. Additionally, the Archives publishes finding aids and guides to its collections.Publications