Archive Mission and Policies

Norman Rockwell Museum Archives Mission Statement

The Norman Rockwell Archives shares the vision of the Norman Rockwell Museum: to support the museum’s current and future collections, research exhibitions, publications, lectures, programs, and activities.

The Archives serves as a repository for the historical records of Norman Rockwell and other prominent American illustrators.  Its primary purpose is to document the histories of Norman Rockwell, American Illustration, and the Norman Rockwell Museum, as an institution. This information is disseminated while providing source material for staff, the museum community, scholars, authors, and other interested persons who seek to evaluate the impact of Rockwell and other  American illustrators activities on the history of social, cultural, and intellectual development.

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The Archives mission:

To preserve records which document the origins, development, achievements, and activities of the museum. the history of Norman Rockwell, as well as other prominent American illustrators

To appraise, collect, organize, describe, make available, and preserve records of historical, cultural, legal, fiscal, and/ or administrative value to the Norman Rockwell Museum

To provide adequate facilities for the retention and preservation of such records

To offer reference services that will assist in the operation of the Museum

To act as a resource or a laboratory to stimulate a critical understanding of American Illustration and the life and work of Norman Rockwell

To serve research and scholarship by making available and encouraging the use of its collections by staff of the museum and the museum community

To promote knowledge and understanding of the origins, aims, programs, and goals of the Norman Rockwell Museum, and the development of these aims, programs, and goals

To serve the museum’s community by identifying, acquiring, organizing, and providing access to information

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