The library contains a comprehensive collection of books and periodicals, including artists’ monographs and catalogues from exhibitions held worldwide from the 1940s to the present, as well as files of small format ephemera and clippings for over 5,000 contemporary artists.
Response to COVID-19
To proactively protect the entire community, the Walker Art Center will remain temporarily closed. Library and archives staff is available to help you with your research questions via email.
The archives provides a rich resource for study on the Walker Art Center from materials dating back to the private collection of T. B. Walker in 1879 to Walker Art Center’s most recent exhibitions and events. Included in the holdings are thousands of photographs, documents, artist letters, publications, ephemera, audio, video and film that document the Walker’s long history with numerous artists, such as Bruce Conner, Trisha Brown, and Merce Cunningham. In addition, the archives houses the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection of over 1,000 titles from the silent era to the contemporary.
For an appointment or research assistance, please call 612-375-7680.
Collections at a Glance
Books: Over 35,000 contemporary art books
Art Journals: 150 subscriptions
Artist Books: 1,800
Artist Files: 5,200
Institutional Records and Special Collections: 4,000 linear feet
Audio, Video, and Film Titles: 6,000
Still Images: 640,000