Documentary Resources

Set up in 1991, the Museum’s Archives Department is responsible for maintaining and developing documentation related to the works in its collection, its institutional archives, and any private archives it has been given. It also sees to the registering of every work that comes to the Museum, whether as an acquisition, for an exhibition, as a loan, on deposit, or for study.

The Museum's Collection

A selection of works from the Museum’s collection can be seen on the Museum’s website.

Information about every work in the collection is available on Infomuse and the Canadian Heritage Information Network.

Provenance Research

To facilitate the tracing of works of art spoliated during World War II, the Museum maintains an up-to-date register of works with incomplete provenances for the years 1933 to 1945. Bronze sculptures cast in large unnumbered editions have been withdrawn from the list.


A description of archival materials on Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ exhibitions from 1860 to 1987 is available on the Réseau de diffusion des archives du Québec website. Descriptions of a number of the private archives held by the Museum are also available on that site.

Press Clippings

From its founding until the early 1970s, the Museum put together scrapbooks of press clippings and other documentation relating to its acquisitions, exhibitions, and activities. These scrapbooks provide a meaningful account of Montreal’s cultural life and art scene during those years. Scrapbooks from 1864 to 1962 have been digitized.

Répertoire des expositions antérieures

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
Répertoire des expositions depuis 1860

Musée des arts décoratifs de Montréal
Répertoire des expositions de 1980 à 1999

Musée Marc-Aurèle Fortin
Répertoire des expositions de 1984 à 2007