Complementing the museum's art collection, the research library offers an extensive range of materials on American art, photography, and history from the early nineteenth century to the present.
TCU students working on any topic relating to the American experience—especially those with connections with the visual arts—will likely find material to support their research at the museum's library. Owing to its subject specialty and depth, the library often collects materials not available at the TCU library such as gallery and museum publications, clipping material, publications with original art, and auction catalogs.
Monday - Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 11am - 4pm
Thursday: 11am - 7pm
Friday: 11am - 4pm
Saturday: 11am - 4pm
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Photocopies, digital scanning, public computers, and Wi-Fi available.
Library materials may not be checked out but may be requested through TCU interlibrary loan office.
The Reading Room is open to the public from 11am - 4pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and from 11am - 7pm on Thursdays. We are open by appointment only on Mondays and Tuesdays, by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 817-989-5040.
New titles in the museum library not held at TCU
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art holds the archives of Karl Struss, containing his papers and approximately 7400 of his commercial and artistic photographs from across his career. Struss started working in photography in 1906 using his brother’s second-hand camera. By 1910, his natural talent drew the attention of art impresario Alfred Stieglitz, who brought Struss into the New York Photo-Secession movement as the youngest and last member. He served in the military 1917-1919. After his discharge, he put his technical and artistic acumen to use for the movie studios, starting as a still photographer for publicity department of the Lasky Studio and Cecil B. De Mille. Within three days of coming on the lot he was put behind the movie camera on For Better, For Worse (1919). In 1927 he was a founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture arts and Sciences, one of only fifteen cinematographers invited to join. He won the first Academy award (Oscar) for Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), and was nominated a further three times for his work before his retirement in 1970. A full survey of his life and work can be found in New York to Hollywood: The Photography of Karl Struss, published by the Amon Carter Museum and the University of New Mexico Press.
The library currently holds about 150,000 items, including over 50,000 books, about 20,000 bound and loose periodicals, and over 60,000 pieces of microform. Together these resources offer extensive coverage of American art, photography, and history (with emphasis on the history of the western United States), along with related topics.
The Amon Carter library has 14,000 microfilm reels of nineteenth-century newspapers, periodicals, books, and primary material, plus more than 50,000 microfiches of auction and exhibition catalogues, ephemera, and other material. Most of this material is available in the library's catalog.
This unique collection contains a variety of loose material and small publications on artists, museums, commercial galleries, organizations, and subjects.
As an associated research center of the Archives of American Art, the Research Library is home to a set of about 7,500 microfilm reels of unrestricted material from the archives representing about fifteen-million primary, unpublished documents that helps tell the rich story of the visual arts in America.
The Amon Carter Museum Archives collection was established in 1991 with a two-year grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The museum acquires, preserves, and makes accessible collections of private papers and institutional records of enduring value. Archival collections are available by appointment to qualified researchers who demonstrate a need to use the unique materials in the collection.