Chinati staffer Savannah Lust explores the archive's printed materials.

Chinati Archives Project Complete

In March 2021 the Chinati Foundation completed a two-year project to process its physical archives. With generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a team of professional archivists surveyed, organized, and detailed records relating to the artists, artworks, sites, and structures that make up Chinati and its collection.

Through this work, Chinati affirms a commitment to research and scholarship that is core to our mission. It is our hope that the material in the archives will support an ever expanding conversation about the ideas upon which Chinati was founded. 

Chinati’s archives comprise: paper records, correspondence, photographs in all formats, video footage, press coverage, printed ephemera, and publications documenting everything from the cavalry era of Camp Marfa to the present day.

1,014 linear feet of processed records
45 distinct record groups
27 publicly available finding aids

To explore the sweep and depth of Chinati’s archives, a suite of finding aids is publicly available on our website, here

Our archivist can fulfill requests remotely, while the archive currently remains closed to in-person researchers through the pandemic. Research inquiries may be submitted by email.  

Meanwhile, Chinati is working to digitize and share archival materials as broadly as possible. We look forward to welcoming researchers on site, when it is safe to do so.  

Chinati acknowledges the excellent work of Archivist Hannah Marshall and Archives Research Fellow Hannah Yetwin in realizing this important goal.

Sign up for emails from Chinati