Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc.

The Dalí Museum Library

Home of the Center for the Avant-garde
The Dalí Museum Library is a unique resource for scholars, art professionals, collectors and students studying Salvador Dalí, Surrealism and the Avant-garde. This supports the Museum’s mission to serve as an active resource in the cultural life our community and the world at large. The Library houses the Center for the Avant-garde, which undertakes scholarship and supports scholars in the investigation of the historic Avant-garde and its legacies.

The Library holds over 7,000 volumes; exhibition and sale catalogs; video, sound recordings and special collections pertaining to Salvador Dalí’s work, his life, and other artists as well as genres related to Surrealism and the Avant-garde. Special Collections include rare books, collectible books, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, whole magazine collections and magazine and newspaper clippings. The Library also contains the donated collection of New York collector and Dalí archivist, Albert Field. The Field Collection consists of over 400 books, catalogs, limited prints, objects and research documents.

Applied research is conducted by the Museum staff specifically related to exhibitions and art history publications. The result of this research includes wall labels and text panels, exhibition brochures and educational material for docents.

The Library is open to scholars and researchers who have a specifically-defined project. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please complete our inquiry form below or contact The Dalí Museum’s Librarian, Shaina Buckles Harkness at Research questions must fall within the purview of The Dalí Museum Library’s collection. Please include detailed information about your inquiry within the form.

If you seek information from a Dalí graphic work catalog raisonnee, please complete our inquiry form below, and include images of the lithograph, etching or print in question. Due to the overwhelming number of inquiry forms we receive, please expect a response in as many as three weeks.

The Dalí Museum is unable to take phone inquiries about any artworks, and its employees do not authenticate, appraise, verify, confirm provenance or otherwise speak to the condition, value or disposition of any artworks.

Inquiry Form

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The Dalí Library Catalog
Search for books, periodicals, catalogs, and special collections within the Library. Library Name: Salvador Dali Museum Library (note: no accent in “Dali”); leave the password field blank.
Surrealism word cluster
The Dalí Library Guides
Resource guides to The Dalí Museum Library on various subjects such as Dada, Surrealism, Dalí and more.
Collection of items from the archives
The Dalí Digital Collections
Exhibition guides, brochures, newsletters,  images of book drawings and dedications by Dalí, photo collections and Dalí-related newspaper clippings from 1927 to the present.
Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory, 1952-54
The Dalí Exhibition List
Updated annually, this pdf lists The Dali Museum’s exhibitions, beginning in 1972 and covering three locations: the original Ohio venue and two in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Portrait of Gala, with additions by Dali reproduced in Le Vogue de Salvador Dali, no.522 c.1971
Avant-Garde Studies Journal
Avant-garde Studies covers talks and conferences presented by The Dalí Museum and publishes peer-reviewed papers on Avant-garde topics including those about Dalí and related exhibitions.
Le Tamanoir, Andre Breton
Open Access Research Resources
This pdf provides you with various open access resources such as databases, journals and more for Surrealism and the Avant-garde, as well as general art history topics.
Scene from Un Chien d'Andalou
Visual & AV Resources
This pdf provides you with various open access visual and AV resources including our own online collection, which contains web ready images for educational use of our works.
Dali at the opening of the Cleveland Museum in 1971
Collection Development Policy
Designed to support The Dalí Museum Library’s mission, a guide for the selection, acquisition, maintenance and retention of materials.
portrait of an artist

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If someday I may die, though it is unlikely, I hope the people in the cafés will say, ‘Dalí has died, but not entirely.’ – Salvador Dalí