Researching the Collection

In addition to published collection catalogues, the AMAM maintains a number of archival records useful for academic research. These include curatorial files on every accessioned object and AMAM exhibition, an electronic collections database, and the Eva Hesse Archives.

  • Identifying and Viewing Works in the Collection: Please use the published sources below as a starting point. The Office of Acamdemic Programs (440-775-8645) can assist with further identifying works in the collection relevant to your class or research topic. With at least two weeks' advance notice, you may schedule a one-hour session in the Print Study Room to view works on paper. Please limit your request to 15 objects and include the accession numbers when possible.
  • Collection Database: Currently, more than 13,500 artworks are accessible online and can be consulted via the AMAM's eMuseum catalogue.
  • Publications: The museum has also published two catalogues of the collection:
  • Wolfgang Stechow, Catalogue of Drawings and Watercolors in the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, 1976.
  • Wolfgang Stechow, Catalogue of European and American Paintings and Sculpture in the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, 1967. Introduction by John R. Spencer.

In addition, since 1944 the AMAM has produced a scholarly journal, the Bulletin, which contains articles related to exhibitions and works in the collection.

All of the above AMAM publications may be purchased from the museum, as well as select exhibition catalogs.

  • Use of Curatorial Files: Students and professors may request access to the curatorial object files for research purposes by contacting the Office of Academic Programs at (440) 775-8645. Appointments must be made at least one week in advance and are limited to one hour, maximum of 10 files per visit. Please know that many of the files contain historical letters and documents and must be handled carefully and only when necessary.
  • Eva Hesse Archives: The museum houses the archives of American artist Eva Hesse (1936-70), which include artist’s notebooks, diaries, photographs and letters. Researchers may consult material in the Hesse Archives by contacting the Office of Academic Programs, at (440) 775-8645 at least two weeks in advance. Two of the datebooks in the AMAM collection have been published in a facsimile edition, which is available for purchase from the museum. Due to the high volume of Oberlin College classes occupying the Print Study Room during the academic year, the best time to schedule extended use of the archives is during the summer.