Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications
From its founding in 1870, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has published exhibition catalogs, collection catalogs, and guides to the collection. In addition, over the course of its nearly 150-year history, it has produced countless ephemeral publications such as press releases, exhibition checklists, gallery hunts for children, symposia proceedings, and more.
As part of The Met's mission to reach the broadest possible audience, Watson Library is making as many of these publications available for free online as possible through our Digital Collections. To date, all known publications from 1869 to 1993 to which The Met owns the full copyright (over 2,300) are currently online, and titles are continually being added.
Watson Library also works closely with the museum's Digital and Editorial departments to share content for this collection and MetPublications, which, in addition to providing PDFs of nearly 600 major publications from 1964 to the present, also provides online preview access to in-print and shared copyright publications.
Eisenhower Receives Life Fellowship Award (1946)
A ceremony honoring General Dwight D. Eisenhower as a fellow of The Met for life.
Catalogs and checklists published in conjunction with special exhibitions that have taken place at The Met.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Images
Historic photographs of The Met's architecture, banners, and permanent and special exhibition galleries.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Press Kits and Press Releases
All press releases issued by The Met from 1940–2009, and all press kits issued from 1995–2015.
Schools of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Records
Records documenting the vocational training and fine arts instruction programs organized by the Museum from 1879 to 1895.
Symposium on Harlem On My Mind
Panel discussions held in conjunction with the 1969 Met exhibition Harlem on My Mind.
75th Anniversary Committee Announcement Luncheon (1946)
Images and audio from a luncheon to commemorate the Met's 75th Anniversary.
American Industrial Arts Exhibitions, 1917–1940
Catalogs from a landmark series of exhibitions at The Met highlighting contemporary American industrial design.
Annual Reports, 1872–1901 (Unabridged Versions)
These differ from the abridged versions available through JSTOR primarily due to more extensive membership lists.
Catalogs of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments
This comprehensive set of catalogs from 1888–1915 documents the early years of this important collection as it grew and evolved.
Charters, Constitutions, and/or By-laws
Various iterations and updates to these important foundational documents.
Historic and current catalogs documenting The Met's permanent collection.
Educational Programs and Listings
Historic ephemera with an emphasis on public education, including lists of lectures, maps, gallery hunts, and more.
Family Guides and Art Hunts
Historic ephemera published by The Met's Education department for children and teachers.
Management and Policy Documents
Historic ephemera regarding the administration, finances, and operations of The Met.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Children's Bulletin (1916–1935)
Short stories for young children featuring art from The Met's collection.
Publications of the Egyptian Expedition
Publications documenting The Met's excavation activities in Egypt, from 1906 through the present.
At top: View facing southwest showing main facade and Wing D (detail), 1904