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The Dorothy & Kenneth Woodcock Archives serves as the Museum’s institutional memory and documents the key activities of our directors, curators, and all other departments involved in programs and operations since our founding in 1805. Our collections also include the personal papers and manuscript collections of people related to the Museum as well as private archives and papers of artists, galleries, and art historians.

An essential resource for scholars, students, curators, conservators, writers, journalists, artists, and Museum staff, the Archives plays a crucial role in fulfilling PAFA’s mission as an educational institution.

  • Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Closed Federal Holidays. Hours are subject to change.)
  • All visits to the Dorothy and Kenneth Woodcock Archives at PAFA are by appointment only, and must be made by emailing a request to archives@pafa.org.
  • Appointments should be scheduled 1-2 weeks in advance.
  • Researchers must provide a description of their research project with their appointment request.