The IMA Archives collects, preserves and makes accessible the historical records produced by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and its predecessors, the John Herron Art Institute and the Art Association of Indianapolis. These records are made available for the administrative support of current museum activities, the successful stewardship of the IMA collections, and for historical research conducted by staff and the public.

Formally established in 2010, the IMA Archives is comprised of museum records, manuscripts, personal papers, ephemera, scrapbooks, photographs, video and audio records, 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; primary research materials related to the museums properties and art collections, such as the Miller House and Garden and Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens; and archival material of Indiana artists and art organizations.


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

Collection Guides

Inventories of institutional records and related special collections available for research in the IMA Archives.

Digital Archives Portal

Browse through and download thousands of digitized items in the IMA Archives.

Using the Archives

Information on accessing the IMA Archives collections for research purposes.

Copying and Publishing

Information on reproducing material in the IMA Archives for research and publication.

Featured Projects

A selection of special projects completed by IMA Archives staff.

Documenting Modern Living

Search more than 17,000 items from the Miller House and Garden archival collection that have been digitized.