Philosophy of the Dali Museum Archive Library:
The Salvador Dali Museum Archival Library was originally created as a resource for scholars studying the art and life of Salvador Dali. The library has grown to include major works on Surrealism, Dali’s Spanish heritage and modern art. The goal of the Archive Library is to continue to collect appropriate books, texts and research material specifically relating to Salvador Dali, Surrealism, and modern art in general, Spain and Catalonia, and cultural and historical items relating to Dali.
This material is available to staff and scholars who wish to research various topics concerning Dali and Surrealism. This supports the museum’s mission statement that includes the wording “to enlighten various public communities about Salvador Dali, his life and art, as well as other related artists, art movements and topics of pertinent interest. By providing a forum to educate and challenge the public, these programs enrich the cultural life of this community.”
Applied research is conducted by the museum staff specifically related to exhibitions. The result of this research includes wall labels and text panels, exhibition brochures, and educational material for docents. Various topics relating to Dali’s work have been researched and developed for library reference files without a goal of publication.
Currently, the Archive Library is not open to the public, only to scholars and researchers who have a specifically-defined project. The Dali Museum has a part-time librarian. Before arriving to do research, the museum requests that the researcher states his/her project in writing prior to their visit. These requests are reviewed individually so arrangements can be made to have a curatorial staff member available.
Currently, the Museum Chief Curator and the Librarian oversee the management of the archives.
- Bound volumes (books, etc.). 5,000
- Newspaper clippings: approx. 15,000
- Magazine clippings: approx. 2,500
- Periodicals: approx. 1,600
Additional items: 11,825
- Slides 7,000
- Videotapes: 200
- Films: 30
- Photographs: 2,500
- Negatives: 2,000
- Audio cassettes: 50
- Records: 35
- Compact discs: 10