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 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.