Cataloging of rare and unique books from The Museum of Modern Art Library's Special Collections, Latin American Collection, and Asian Collection.


The Museum's recent expansion and renovation project, completed in 2006, nearly doubled MoMA's exhibition space and resulted in the construction of The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building. This new facility greatly enhances the Museum's capacity to offer a dynamic array of programs and resources and coincided with a remarkable growth in Library acquisitions, made possible by a series of gifts and endowed acquisition funds. While the Library catalogs close to 5,000 titles yearly, collection processing has not kept pace with acquisitions, making material inaccessible to outside researchers, the general public, and MoMA's curatorial staff. The requested grant will support an innovative plan to process and catalog the following priority collections, which are unique or rarely held: (1) Special Collections (900 titles) are comprised of notable acquisitions documenting modern and contemporary art, 1880 to 2009, and include rare serials and exhibition catalogs not found in most libraries across the country. (2) The Latin American Collection (5,177 titles) is comprised of materials spanning 1920 through 2009. A particular strength of the collection is its rare journals and artists' books. (3) The Asian Collection (2,030 titles) is comprised of gallery catalogs, museum exhibition catalogs, artists' books, and monographs documenting contemporary Asian art, particularly 1990 to 2009, with an emphasis on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean artists.


Cataloging Hidden Collections

Amount Awarded

Year Added



The Museum of Modern Art


  • Milan Hughston

Collection Size

8107 objects

Date Range

1880 - 2009

Geographic Scope

The collections are international in scope, including items from Brazil, China, Cuba, the Czech Republic, France, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Peru.