Archives & Library

Estate Archives
Established in 1993 to support interpretation of the historic site by Museum staff and for use by outside researchers, the Reynolda House Museum of American Art Archives houses unique documentary materials of enduring historical value including architectural and landscape drawings, correspondence, oral histories, and photographs. The  Estate Archives collections connect the local story of Reynolda and Winston-Salem to the broader national stories of the socio-economic impact of the tobacco industry, intersections with race and gender in the early twentieth century, women’s history, and progressivism. Additionally, the Archives collects, maintains, and makes accessible the institutional records of Reynolda House Museum of American Art generated by departments and individuals important to the permanent history of the Museum, reflecting its collections, exhibitions, programming, and community impact. 

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The Richard J. Reynolds, III and Marie M. Reynolds Library of Reynolda House contains more than 3,650 catalogued titles relating to American artists, exhibition catalogs, general art history, art theory, aesthetics, and criticism. Library holdings also include material on American architecture, photography, music, literature, and history; reference titles; VHS cassettes and DVDs on American artists and related topics; compact discs, audiotape cassettes, and phonographic recordings of music by American composers from the colonial era to the present; and collection catalogs of other American art museums. Members of the public who would like access to the library should request an appointment through the Education Office. Research must be done during regular weekday public hours and must take place within the confines of the Reynolds library. Library materials may be borrowed only by Reynolda House staff members, interns, docents, or students enrolled in Portals of Discovery courses.