The IMA Archives collects, preserves and makes accessible the historical records produced by the IMA and other records related to the history of the IMA for the administrative support of the museum and for historical research. Formally established in 2010, the IMA Archives is comprised of over 1000 linear feet of museum records, manuscripts, personal papers, ephemera, scrapbooks, photographs, videotapes, films, 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; and other primary research materials related to the museums properties and art collections, such as the Miller House and Garden and Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens.

Digital Archives Portal

Thousands of archival items preserved in the IMA Archives have been digitized and made available online through the new IMA Archives Digital Collections Portal. To search through and download the available digital images, please click the image below.

Finding Aids

Institutional Records

REG001 Selections from IMA Registration Historical Files, 1866-1996

Special Collections

M001 J. Ottis Adams Papers, 1882-1951

M002 Wilbur D. Peat Research Papers, 1878-19581

M003 Miller House and Garden Collection, 1953-2009

M004 J. Irwin Miller and Xenia S. Miller Travel Papers, 1960-1990

M005 Onya La Tour Papers, 1925-1978

M006 Percival Gallagher Papers, 1885-1934

M007 Kurt F. Pantzer Collecting Papers, 1832-1983

Search and browse through IMA Archives collection inventories.


For general reference questions and to schedule an appointment, contact the IMA Archivist, Samantha Norling at or call (317)923-1331 x561.

Using the Archives

Information on accessing the IMA Archives collections for research purposes.

Featured Projects

A selection of projects that are currently underway in the Archives department.