The Archives

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

The Clyfford Still Museum Archives (CSMA) represent the complete, intact archival materials amassed and created by Clyfford Still during his lifetime. The CSMA contains studio records, photographic materials, personal effects, 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 significance 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.

In future the Clyfford Still Archives will serve outside research requests; however, at this time the Clyfford Still Museum Archives is closed to the public while we process these materials.

Researchers may submit reference questions or a letter of intent to for review.


CS Records Hot Jazz Bunk Johnson
CS Records Calli-Curi

Correspondence and Manuscripts

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Diary notes from Dec 29, 1973


1945 1006 Autumn Salon Exhibition Brochure
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Betty Parsons announcement


Still's figurative studies from the 1930s


Installation view,
Clyfford Still with PH-170 (1947; left) and PH-399 (1946; right) at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, 1959. Unknown photographer, courtesy the Clyfford Still Museum Archives.
Landscape view with a silhouetted plow near Killam, Alberta, Canada, ca. 1930. Photographed by Clyfford Still. © City and County of Denver, courtesy the Clyfford Still Museum Archives.