Craft and Folk Art Museum Library Collection--LACMA Research Library
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Contact: Ms. Alexis Curry, Head Librarian, LACMA Research Library
Phone: (323) 857-6118
Fax: 323 857-4790
Institution Type: Library, Museum
Web site: http://www.lacma.org/
The Edith R. Wyle Research Library of the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) was donated to the L.A. County Museum of Art Research Library in December 1997 during a period of consolidation for the Museum. (CAFAM reopened in April 1999 under the auspices of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.) The Edith R. Wyle Library's holdings reflect the exhibiting and collecting interests of the Craft and Folk Art Museum. It's holdings pertaining to traditional folk art, international contemporary craft and design, professional museum practice, cultural diversity, and cultural context are significant. It's particular strengths are in the areas of Mexican and Japanese folk art, masks and masking worldwide, and the history of folk art and craft collecting. Altogether the Wyle Research Library's holdings comprise approximately 5,500 books as well as exhibition catalogs, journals, newspaper clipping and pamphlet files, posters, biographical files on contemporary craft artists (including slides), and biographical files on self-taught artists. In 1994 the Bead Society of Los Angeles donated its library collection of about 200 books, catalogs, and ephemera on beads.
Regions Covered: Global in scope but artists' files are predominantly California, and especially Southern California and L.A. area.
Type of Materials: Artist files, Books, Ephemera, Newspaper Clippings, Photographs, Prints/Posters, Serials, Slides
Time Periods: 1964-1980, 1981-Present
Languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Rumanian, Russian, Spanish
Sectors of the Population: Artistic Communities, Multiethnic, Lower to Middle Income, Middle to Upper Income
Catalog System: All CAFAM Library collection records are integrated into the online catalog of the LACMA Research Library available onsite in the library or online at: <ahref="http://www.lacma.org">www.lacma.org.</a>. From the Art menu go to "libraries/conservation" and then click on "Pipeline."
Exhibition Frequency: Infrequently
Outreach: Internet, Online Catalog