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A dynamic research collection, the Art Research Library contains over 38,000 volumes including monographs, serials, auction catalogs, and electronic resources. The holdings of the library reflect the museum's collection of imperial Russian and 18th-century French decorative arts.

About the Art Research Library

The library contains the Edward Kasinec collection of Russian and East European Art Research Materials, a collection of over 2,300 volumes from his personal research library. Kasinec's gift deepens Hillwood's library of imperial Russian culture by filling out gaps in current holdings and by broadening its scope in the areas of Eastern European avant-garde art, Soviet decorative arts, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the art and culture of Slavic books, and relationships between Russia and world cultures in general.

The library also houses the Avinoff-Shoumatoff collection of rare books. Providing an historic overview of religious art, as well as decorative arts in imperial Russian culture, the collection is an important complement to Hillwood's collection of imperial Russian art.

The vertical files of the art research library at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens are a particularly rich resource. There are ephemeral materials here on art, artists, art institutions, collectors, and special subjects. The files are arranged by Artist, Geographical Area, and Subject. These collections are especially valuable for magazine and newspaper articles, exhibition brochures and translations having to do with Russian art, artists, and museums. The artists’ names included in the vertical files have been added to the online catalog and may be searched on the library’s web page. This is a non-circulating collection and must be used on site. Photocopies may be made upon request.

Visiting and Lending Policy

The library can be visited by appointment Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please direct email inquiries to libraryinfo@hillwoodmuseum.org or call 202.243.3953 for more information about the library or to make an appointment.

The public may use materials in the Library. Selected materials are loaned on a case-by-case basis through the interlibrary loan system available in public, special, and academic libraries. The Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens Library abides by the interlibrary loan guidelines of the American Library Association.

Other Resources


Grove Art Online



01/2015: New from the Hillwood Archives: a Google Art Project web exhibition titled There & Back, Travel Films from the Hillwood Archives & Special Collections

01/2015: Hillwood announces a new Scholar-In-Residence Program

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