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 The American Folk Art Museum Library and Archives are open to onsite researchers who make an appointment and agree to follow AFAM’s COVID-19 protocols. Researchers must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before entering the building and wear a mask for the duration of their visit. Only one researcher will be allowed in the Reading Room at a time. If you have any questions or a reference inquiry for the Library or Archives, please contact or, respectively. You can find more information about the Museum’s COVID-19 protocols on the visitor guidelines page. 

The American Folk Art Museum Reading Room is located at the museum’s Collection and Education Center in Long Island City, Queens. Reading Room hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am–5 pm. Directions to the CEC are here.

The Reading Room is open by appointment only. Please contact at least one week before the requested appointment. Users are asked to review the archival finding aids and the library catalog pertinent to their research, and to request a specific collection or specific material within a collection when making their research appointment.

Please read the Access Policy before requesting an appointment.

Upon approval, digital cameras may be used to create reference copies of material. If approved, the archivist will provide a proper citation that must appear in the image with the material being photographed.

Low- and high-resolution digital reference copies may be ordered and are subject to certain limitations (size, format, and physical condition of originals). There is no self-service photocopying, but photocopy services are available. Costs depend on the format of the originals and include additional service and delivery fees. There is a limit of twenty copies per visit.

For information about reproductions with the intent to publish, please see Rights and Reproductions.

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Untitled (Trains)
Martín Ramírez (1895–1963)