Archives & Library – Clyfford Still Museum

Archives & Library

A sampling of Rothko-related items in the Clyfford Still Museum Archives

The Clyfford Still Archives (CSA) represent the complete, intact archival materials created by Clyfford Still during his lifetime. The CSA contain studio records, photographs and slides, the artist’s tools and materials, his personal library, and extensive documentation pertaining to the art, career, and life of this important American artist.

Of particular interest is a trove of correspondence between Still and many of the major artists, critics, dealers, museum professionals, and collectors of the Abstract Expressionist era, including Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Clement Greenberg, and Peggy Guggenheim. Scholars and general researchers had limited to no access to these materials during the artist’s lifetime, and access was completely denied after the artist’s death in 1980.

The Clyfford Still Archives have limited onsite research access as the collection is still being processed. Researchers may submit reference questions or a letter of intent to for review.

In the meantime, explore and learn more about the man behind the art through our growing research database.

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For requests to reproduce archival material or photographs found on the Clyfford Still Museum website or Research Database, please contact

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