The Archives Department of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was established in 1991. Its activities include the following:
As a repository for official Museum records, the Archives Department is responsible for registering all the works of art that come to the Museum for various reasons: as acquisitions, for temporary exhibitions, as loans to the permanent collection, and for study. The Archives Department also registers and co-ordinates the loan of works from the Museum's collection to other institutions, both in Canada and abroad.
2. Digitized Documentation
The Archives Department manages the database of works conservated at the Museum. Archives also houses a vast collection of scrapbooks containing press clippings and other documents related to the arts and cultural life of the city, particularly the activities of the Art Association of Montreal between 1864 and 1948 (no information is available for the years 1869, 1871, 1873-1876). Thanks to a project with Concordia University (Canadian Women Artists History Initiative), these documents have been digitized and are now accessible here. Information on the works of art in the Museum's collection is available on the following databases: www.smq.qc.ca and www.pro.rcip-chin.gc.ca
The Archives Department is primarily responsible for establishing, enriching and maintaining records on works in the Museum's collection. A file is created for each work. It contains the result of curatorial research, related publications, a reproduction of the work, as well as administrative and other pertinent information. Archives also maintains a series of private holdings related to the history of the Museum and its collection. Thanks to a grant from the Government of Canada through Library and Archives Canada's National Archival Development Program, descriptions of the Museum's exhibition archives are available on the site of the Réseau de diffusion des archives du Québec.
To facilitate research on works of art spoliated during World War II, the Museum maintains a register of all works with incomplete provenances for the years 1933 to 1945. Bronze sculptures cast in large unnumbered editions have been withdrawn from the list. Click here to view this register.
Archives does not evaluate artworks.
Office hours for the public:
Tuesday and Wednesday only, from
9 a.m. to noon and 1.30 to 4 p.m.
Please note that all requests to consult a file must be made
in person before 4 p.m.
3430 du Musée Avenue
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
P.O. Box 3000, Station "H"
Montreal, Quebec H3G 2T9
Phone: 514-285-1600, ext. 305