Institutional Archives

The Center’s Institutional Archives is the official repository for all historical documentation of the Yale Center for British Art, recording its development from its inception in the mid-1960s to the present.

The holdings include information on past exhibitions, publications, programs, and events, as well as the art collections, and the Louis Kahn building and its subsequent renovations and conservation. The Institutional Archives also holds collections pertaining to the life and collecting of Paul Mellon, and organizations and individuals affiliated with the Center, past and present.

Long Gallery, May 1983, photo by T. Charles Erickson, Yale University Office of Public Information


Archives at Yale provides detailed descriptions of the department’s archival collections, along with other archival collections at Yale.

The Institutional Archives is open to researchers by appointment through the Center’s Study Room. To schedule an appointment, please contact our Institutional Archives. Requests to use the Institutional Archives collections must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Please note that records in the Institutional Archives are opened to researchers as soon as possible. However, access to some records may be restricted due to statutes, personal privacy rights, institutional proprietary rights, agreements between the Institutional Archives and transferring offices or donors, or because the records have not been processed and prepared for use.

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Jules Prown and Paul Mellon on site, April 11, 1974, photo by William B. Carter, Yale Office of Public Information

Explore the Center's Collections

Over 100,000 records from the Paintings and Sculpture, Prints and Drawings, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Reference Library, and Institutional Archives collections are searchable online, along with nearly all of the Center's historic frames.

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Philippe Mercier, The Sense of Sight (detail), 1744 to 1747

Contact the Institutional Archives at | +1 203 432 8395.