American Folk Art Museum
The museum’s Shirley K. Schlafer Library is a noncirculating research collection providing comprehensive coverage in areas of primary interest to the museum. Supplementary coverage is also provided for related fields, such as early American fine and decorative arts in general; European folk art and non-Western art; the arts of the African diaspora; and the cultural and social history of groups such as the Pennsylvania Germans and early American utopian communities.

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The library contains more than ten thousand book volumes, including monographs and exhibition and auction catalogs, as well as substantial runs of nearly two hundred periodicals, collections of audio and videotapes, photographs, and 35 mm slides. Vertical/pamphlet files include ephemera, clippings, and smaller publications. A climate-controlled rare-book room provides additional protection for the many nineteenth-century publications and archival collections.

Open by appointment only. To make an appointment, please e-mail your name, the time you wish to visit the library, your contact telephone number and e-mail address, and your area of research interest to