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User Guide

In addition to housing and exhibiting a comprehensive collection of Isamu Noguchi's artworks, The Noguchi Museum also serves the international art community by offering scholars and other interested parties access to the artist's extensive archive, which includes his project records, correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs. The Noguchi Museum’s digital collections also include recent photography of many of Noguchi’s artworks. Since 2008, The Noguchi Museum has been comprehensively cataloguing and digitizing the full extent of Isamu Noguchi’s personal archive and museum photo archives, all of which are visible here.
Archival Collections

The materials found in the Isamu Noguchi Archive are primarily intended for scholarly use, although commercial access may be granted with express permission via and copyright clearance via Artist Rights Society (

Before beginning your search, we strongly suggest that you review our Terms and Conditions in particular the sections on Copyright, Fair Use and Commercial Use.

Searching the Archive
Every item in our database holds associated metadata and all texts have been scanned with optical character recognition (OCR), making searching and exploring our robust collection a straightforward process. You can also narrow your results by collection, media type and decade.

While The Noguchi Museum holds the copyright for the vast majority of materials found in the Archive, there are materials held by The Noguchi Museum that were created by authors whose copyright requires an additional third-party clearance. Please contact the Museum’s Archivist for instructions to clear all necessary rights for accessing and publishing the materials in question.

Copyright Held or Managed By The Noguchi Museum:
If you need information about reusing these items, please contact

Copyright Status Undefined:
Not all items in the digital collections of The Noguchi Museum have been formally reviewed for copyright status. For items without a defined author, we do not grant or deny permission for reuse, although we can assist you with determining if your usage qualifies as fair use.

Access to Materials
All persons are able to view the digital collections freely as well as register a personal profile to collect specific groupings in “My Documents”. Requests to download high resolution copies of photographs and documents must be made through the Museum’s Archivist via
Download Items
  1. To be able to download materials, you must first register a researcher login.
  2. Please take time to locate and identify the materials you are interested in by adding them to your documents folder. There is a limit of 50 items per download request.
  3. Email to have your access profile adjusted to permit downloads. Please include information on your intended usage and any institutional affiliations, if applicable. If your usage is commercial in nature, you must indicate this in your email.
  4. Based on your intended usage, the Archivist will direct you to any necessary third-party clearances as well as Noguchi-related copyright clearance. Commercial requests, including for scholarly publishing, will require rights clearance before access to download is permitted.
  5. Once you receive confirmation, you can download from the detail view for each item in your documents. The download icon is next to the folder icon. You can find the file in your browser’s download folder.
  6. Please email once you have completed downloading your materials.
Reusing Digital Items
If you have already obtained digital assets from The Noguchi Museum Archives for a defined usage and would like to reuse those materials in another format or publication, please email with information on the additional usage for permissions.
Digital File Types
The Isamu Noguchi Archive provides access to high resolution PDFs and JPEGs via our website. If you find that you are in need of a higher resolution scan or TIFF, please email for availability. Please note that not all media will necessarily have a higher resolution version available.
Available Metadata
Only known information is included in the metadata for the items held in The Isamu Noguchi Archive. If you have any information that could assist us in identification, please email
The Noguchi Museum uses Collective Access software for our repository, including our bibliographic, technical, and rights metadata. Site design by For Office Use Only and site development by Whirl–i–Gig.
Ask a Research Question + Contact
Please feel free to contact with any research questions or inquiries regarding our materials—as well as if you have comments or suggestions.
The processing and digitization of the Isamu Noguchi Archive has been generously supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.
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Isamu Noguchi Collection, Catalogue Raisonné, and Archive Terms & Conditions

Documents, photographs, artwork, and other materials held by The Noguchi Museum are protected by copyright and require permission for use. By accessing the digital collections of The Noguchi Museum, you accept and acknowledge the terms set forth in our Terms & Conditions. Any unauthorized usage of materials accessed from The Noguchi Museum's digital collections is strictly prohibited.