The Indianapolis Museum of Art Archives at Newfields collects, preserves, and makes accessible the historical records produced by Newfields and its predecessors, the John Herron Art Institute and the Art Association of Indianapolis. These records are made available for the administrative support of current institutional activities, the successful stewardship of the Indianapolis Museum of Art collections, and for historical research conducted by staff and the public.

Formally established in 2010, the Indianapolis Museum of Art Archives at Newfields is comprised of institutional records, manuscripts, personal papers, ephemera, scrapbooks, photographs, video and audio recordings, and artifacts that chronicle the history of the institution since its founding in 1883. In addition, the collection includes papers from individuals related to museum interests, such as trustees, former directors, curators and other staff; records of affiliated organizations such as art committees and the Alliance; primary research materials related to Newfields properties and art collections, such as the Miller House and Garden and Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens; and archival material of Indiana artists and art organizations.


The library and archives will reopen to the public, by appointment, July 1, 2021.

The archives are available for historical research conducted by the public by appointment during business hours, Monday through Friday, and during the Stout Reference Library public hours. Please allow 1-2 business days for staff to prepare records for your visit.


For general reference questions and to schedule an appointment, contact the Indianapolis Museum of Art Archives at or call (317)923-1331 x 276.

Reference & research services

Reference and research service fees are waived for the first thirty minutes of staff time. Research inquiries requiring more than thirty minutes will be charged an hourly fee of $45, with a one-hour minimum charge. 



Past Exhibitions

Access to past exhibition information is available in a comprehensive spreadsheet, 1883-2019, and through an archived copy of the IMA Museum Website, 2007-2017, which includes descriptions and may include images for 1996-2017 exhibitions.

Comprehensive Past Exhibitions, 1883-2019 

The archived website was made with open-source software and is publically accessible via Conifer, a project of Rhizome under its digital preservation program. An internet connection and current browser are required to access these records. If viewed online, no additional tools or software are needed. Contextual information for the archived website is available via a collection guide. Navigation and functionality information is available on the archived website landing page. Please contact the archives staff with questions (

Archived site, IMA Museum Website, 2007-2017 


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