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Arizona Arts

Archive of Visual Arts

As the research arm of the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the Archive of Visual Arts collects and preserves artists’ materials, enabling insights into their motivations and inspiration. 

Established with a founding collection from preeminent space artist Robert McCall, the AVA facilitates the preservation and research of materials that document and contribute to the success of an individual artist. These materials include sketchbooks, diaries, business and personal correspondence, technical data, slides, photographs, videos and other ephemera.


Plan Your Visit

Schedule your appointment to explore the library, take a look at archival materials, or just learn more about UAMA's Archive of Visual Arts!

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Major Archival Collections

The UAMA's Archive of Visual Arts houses archival material like diaries, personal correspondences, photos, videos and other ephemera from artists like Robert McCall, Sarah Wallach and Frances O'Brien.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I donate a collection to AVA?

The first step is to contact the Archivist by email or telephone to discuss the details of your donation. Any further steps will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and shared with the donor as needed.