What is the archive catalogue?
The archive catalogue is a database containing descriptions of the archive collections held at the Centre. Its primary purpose is to make the material accessible: you can search it to look for things of interest. A small proportion of the material has been digitised and scans have been attached to the relevant catalogue record, but in most cases you will need to visit the Centre to see the material described in the catalogue.

How do I access the material I have found in the catalogue?
If you would like to view any of the archive material described in the catalogue, please contact the Archivist. Material can be consulted in the Paul Mellon Centre’s archive reading room. Ordinary opening hours are:

Monday – Friday, 10.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.30.

Please be advised that these hours may be subject to change. To avoid disappointment, always contact the Archivist prior to your visit.

It is helpful to provide a list of the reference numbers of the records you would like to consult. Further information about accessing the archive collections is available on The Paul Mellon Centre's archive web pages.

Does the catalogue include information about the Paul Mellon Centre’s library and photographic archive?
The Paul Mellon Centre’s Library and Photographic Archive can be accessed through the library catalogue. However, the collections at the Centre are closely linked and an effort has been made to highlight the most significant inter-relations. Clicking on the URLs provided within the archive catalogue will take you to a description of related published or photographic archive material in the library catalogue.

Why can’t I find what I’m looking for?
There are two reasons why you may not have found what you want:

  1. Incorrect search term - searching will only find the exact term in the catalogue, so if you haven’t found what you want it is best to try related terms.
  2. The material has not yet been catalogued – at present only about one fifth of the Centre’s Collected Archive holdings have been catalogued, so it may be that work has not yet begun on the Collection of interest. However, the Centre provides access to both catalogued and uncatalogued material, so please contact the Archivist if you have a query.

I have question not addressed here?
Please contact the Archivist if you have a question about any aspect of the Centre’s archive service. We are keen to promote access to the Collections and will do our best to help.

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