A Guide to Researching Collections in the Ackland Art Museum: Home

Ackland Art Museum


The Ackland Art Museum is an academic unit of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves broad local, state, and national constituencies.The Museum’s permanent collection consists of more than 17,000 works of art, featuring North Carolina’s premier collections of Asian art and works of art on paper (drawings, prints, and photographs), as well as significant collections of European masterworks, twentieth-century and contemporary art, African art, and North Carolina pottery.

Sloane Art Research Library

Sloane Art Library

The Joseph Curtis Sloane Art Library is one of the premier art research libraries of the South, with a collection of more than 100,000 volumes, including art exhibition catalogs, art journals and magazines, art documentaries and art films, illuminated manuscript facsimiles, artists’ books, artists' files, and numerous online resources.

What is in this guide?

This guide provides an introduction to resources, services, and contacts for researchers interested in the exhibits and collections held at the Ackland Art Museum.

  • Current Exhibtion- offers books and websites related to the exhibit currently on view
  • Permanent Collection- provides resources and services related to conducting research on artworks and objects that are part of the Museum's permanent collection

The Art Librarian is able to assist with research consultations, refining research topics and search strategies, and planning library instruction sessions for university classes, among other things. The Ackland Consultant provides assistance with accessing and utilizing objects and materials housed in the Ackland Art Museum.

For more general help with art and archiecture research, please take a look at the Art & Architecture subject guide.

History of the Ackland

The Ackland Art Museum was founded through the bequest of William Hayes Ackland (1855-1940) to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Ackland Trust provided the funds to construct the museum building, and that trust continues to provide for the purchase of works of art.

Please visit the Ackland Art Museum's website for more information about the history of the Museum, the biography of Mr. Ackland, and the controversy surrounding his final resting place.

Your Research Consultant

Alice Whiteside
Sloane Art Library
102 Hanes Art Center
(919) 962-1061
  • Last Updated: Oct 28, 2016 2:46 PM
  • URL: http://guides.lib.unc.edu/ackland