Location and Hours
The Norman Rockwell Museum Archives
Norman Rockwell Museum
PO Box 308
9 Route 183
Stockbridge, Massachusetts 01262
Hours by Appointment
Venus Van Ness, Archivist
firstname.lastname@example.org or 413 298 4100 ext 251
The Archive preserves and makes accessible collections relating to the life and art of legendary American illustrator, Norman Rockwell, as well as materials bringing to light the work of other noted illustrators, whose contributions reflect the evolution of this vibrant and ever-changing American art form.
Reference and Research Services
The Archive is a repository for the historical records of Norman Rockwell. Its primary purpose is to document the history of Norman Rockwell and the Norman Rockwell Museum, as an institution, while providing source material for staff, the museum community, scholars, authors, artists, educators, and other interested persons who seek to evaluate the impact of published imagery on the history of art, society, and culture.
Archive staff will provide to the fullest extent possible collection guides, finding aids, and indexes as well as personal assistance to facilitate the research process.
Archive staff can assist the researcher by providing:
—Information about archive holdings
—Instruction and advice in locating and handling material
—Document duplication services
Archive staff will be unable to provide:
—Extensive, specialized or evaluative research
—Monetary appraisal of collections of documents, books or memorabilia
—Critical review of manuscripts or fact-checking
Researchers requesting extensive research and reference service may find it necessary to hire an independent researcher. For extensive projects, research fees may apply.
The Archive comprises the following types of materials:
- Photographic prints, film-based materials, and digital files
- Correspondence, including business and personal correspondence and fan mail
- Ephemeral materials, including published first uses of Norman Rockwell’s imagery in magazines, books and periodicals
- Sound recordings, including an extensive collection of oral histories, and motion picture film
- Personal manuscripts
- Authentic costumes and props
The Archive is open to the public for the purpose of private study, scholarship, or research. The Archive is accessible by appointment only. Access to the Archive is granted upon completion of the Application for Access to the Archival Collections form describing the research project and indicating the collection to be consulted. The Application form is available on the Museum’s web site, www.nrm.org. The Museum will consider requests for access on a case-by case basis. Response to requests for access will be made within 60 days.