The library, the archive, and the photography archive of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection are available to the museum staff and interns. Open by appointment to students and scholars researching the museum and/or Peggy Guggenheim.
All materials in the library, the archive, and the photography archive are fully catalogued.
POLO SBN DI VENEZIA catalogue
- As of June 2005 the library has been part of the National Library Service (SBN). Cataloguing has been made possible by the Regione Veneto.
- After locating a document in the online catalogue, please select “Biblioteca della Collezione Peggy Guggenheim” by clicking on the “Find it at” tab below the document heading.
- The document location or call number is necessary for requesting consultation.
- Please provide the full list of call numbers when requesting consultation.
- The library map and sections can be found here.
Consultation and Access
Consultation is by appointment only
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Consultation and access information
- Appointments must be requested in advance.
- The library is located within the museum premises.
- Purses, backpacks, etc. must be left in the cloakroom.
- A valid ID is required.
- The library is equipped with Wi-Fi.
- Document delivery is available for volumes published after 1965 in compliance with current legislation and the conservation status of the documents. Document delivery requests for publications dating prior to 1965 are evaluated on an individual basis.
- Digital documents are delivered via email or other ftp services.
- Please provide precise indications when requesting documents in addition to information on their use.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
- The service is available via one of the libraries of the SBN Polo di Venezia.
- Please access one of the city’s libraries to apply for an inter-library loan.
- The delivery of documents and the loan period will be agreed upon with the library requesting the loan.
- Documents must be consulted exclusively at the library requesting the loan and will not be available for personal loan.
- High-resolution digital image files of works of art in the collection of the museum are available upon request.
- Licensing requests involve a standard contract between the requesting party and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which is not subject to changes or amendments.
- Costs vary based on the intended use of the images.
- The requesting party needs to obtain any artists’ copyrights or other permissions that may be required by third parties for the publication of the images.
- The normal turnaround time for the request is 2 to 3 weeks.
Research Assistance for papers or dissertations
- The museum’s resources are made available to students in the process of writing their papers or dissertations.
- The museum will evaluate requests based on the research topic, its quality and innovation. Favored topics are aspects of the museum (educational, curatorial, managerial) and its collection (artists and curatorial choices).
- To request assistance (interviews, materials, documents), please email the museum the necessary information.
- A digital copy of the final paper or dissertation will be delivered to the library to be catalogued.
- The library of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is in contact with libraries of numerous national and international institutions.
- The number of institutions included in the exchange program is limited and publications exchange requests are accepted subject to availability.
- Please include your own exchange list in your email.
The library originated with the legacy of volumes belonging to Peggy Guggenheim, namely exhibition catalogs, at times signed by artists and friends. The library has grown thanks to a library exchange program and donations from national and international institutions. The library is a key resource for the museum staff in preparation of temporary exhibitions and educational activities, for the international students participating in the museum Internship Program, and for all those researching or writing papers or dissertations on modern art and on Peggy Guggenheim.
The open-shelf library contains over 12,000 volumes arranged in 10 sections based on museum’s interests (map). It includes Guggenheim museums catalogues, which are made available via the National Library Service. Open-shelf books are available to the staff and interns of the museum, and to library visitors by appointment.
The closed-shelf depository contains the collection of general catalogs published by the Venice Art Biennale since 1895 almost in its entirety. It also contains rare volumes, such as autographed books, out of print editions, volumes with dedications by artists, etc. Brochures (publications with less than 50pp.) are organized alphabetically by artist. A special section includes dissertations on the museum. The Schulhof Collection is documented by a donation of the Schulhof family library.
The archive includes copies of publications by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, including materials related to the temporary exhibitions that have been on view at the museum or have been organized by the museum.
The archive contains approximately 5,000 originals and copies of documents. The complete catalogue is available via the National Library Service (SBN) and has been made possible by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
All materials received by the museum regarding the artists in its collection are catalogued alphabetically by artist. They include exhibitions announcements, exhibitions invites, institutional brochures, etc. Among the original documents are autographed letters and cards. Other materials of interest include copies of letters, notecards, postcards, etc.
The archive includes ephemeras related to the Guggenheim museums and especially the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
Art of This Century Files
An important section of the archive is represented by documents regarding Peggy Guggenheim’s New York museum-gallery Art of This Century (1942–1947), such as press clippings and correspondence with artists and collaborators.
Thanks to the donation by Olivia Rabbaglietti, the archive includes documents on the Italian art scene of the 1940s and 1950s, such as correspondence of Italian artists (such as Arnaldo Pomodoro, Achille Perilli, and Gastone Novelli), and of other noteworthy figures, such as Vittorio Carrain, Peggy Guggenheim’s collaborator.
The archive includes a fully catalogued and digitized section of approximately 2,000 records (prints and negatives) mainly focused on Peggy Guggenheim.
Prints / Negatives / Digital images
Prints are digitized and catalogued according to various sections. The main sections are devoted to: the photographer Roloff Beny, a friend of Peggy Guggenheim who portrayed her on numerous occasions in the thirty years she spent in Venice; and to the Venetian photo-agency Bianconero-Cameraphoto Epoche, whose images document Peggy Guggenheim’s life in Venice.
The collection includes mainly negatives from the Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche and the photo-agency Bianconero, thanks to the 2005 donation by the Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia. Images document Peggy Guggenheim’s Venetian life on various occasions. Other negatives, mostly non-original, complete this section of photographs on Peggy Guggenheim
The museum manages reproductions of all the works of art in its collection.