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Listing: National Archives for Washington State Visual Artists

The life of a work of art continues far beyond the life of an artist—but only if it can be accessed in some way. An artist’s legacy can include physical works of art, digital documentation, evidence of artistic practice or records tracing accomplishments, hurdles and other facets of an artist’s life. Artist Trust provides Washington State artists information to assist them in documenting and sharing their artistic legacy. 

The following information and archives currently include, or have the potential to include, material on visual artists from Washington State. This research is supported by an initiative of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Creating a Living Legacy (CALL).

Archives of American Art / Smithsonian Institution / Washington, DC

Artasiaamerica.org / Asian American Arts Centre / New York, NY

Artists’ Legacy Foundation / Oakland, CA

Documents of 20th Century Latin American and Latino Art / International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA), Museum of Fine Arts / Houston, TX

Northwest Digital Archives / Orbis Cascade Alliance / Eugene, OR

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives / Los Angeles, CA

Pacific Northwest Artists Archive / Willamette University / Salem, OR

Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art / Ithaca, NY

The Archives of Women Artists / National Museum of Women in the Arts / Washington, DC

The Public Art Archive™ / Western States Arts Federation / Denver, CO

Women Artists Archives National Directory / Institute for Women & Art, Rutgers University Libraries / New Brunswick, NJ