Welcome to the Heard Museum Digital Library
The Digital Library represents a virtual selection from the Heard Museum archives and art collection. The Heard Museum has an extensive collection of art, documentary and photographic works on American Indians with an emphasis on Indigenous people in the Greater Southwest.
The Heard Museum, founded in Phoenix, Arizona in 1929, is a non-profit cultural institution dedicated to being the world’s preeminent museum for the presentation, interpretation and advancement of
American Indian art, emphasizing its intersection with broader artistic and cultural themes.
About the Heard Museum Art Collection and Masterworks Series
The Heard Museum art collection concentrates on the lives of native peoples and consists of approximately 41,000 objects. The two focal areas of the collection are comprehensive cultural collections from the Greater Southwest and contemporary native fine art from North America. The collection of cultural arts contains approximately 37,000 objects: key collections include over 1,400 Hopi katsina dolls; over 2,500 examples of Navajo jewelry and more than 960 examples of Zuni jewelry; approximately 1,300 textiles, of which more than 840 are examples of Navajo weaving; nearly 4,600 examples of Southwestern ceramics from prehistory to the present; more than 600 examples of beadwork and quillwork primarily from cultures of the Great Plains; and approximately 2,500 baskets from Southwestern cultures, in addition to baskets from many cultures of California, the Great Basin and the Northwest. The approximately 4,000 fine art works in the Heard Museum collection document the American Indian Fine Art Movement from the 20th century to the present, and include work by some of the finest historic and contemporary American Indian artists, such as Fred Kabotie, Harrison Begay, Fritz Scholder, George Morrison, Allan Houser, Kay WalkingStick, and Bob Haozous.
Masterworks Arts and Artists Series, from the Heard Museum Art Collection
The Masterworks Series of exhibits and accompanying catalogs (“Hold Everything,” “BeDazzled,” and “So Fine”) by the Heard Museum brought Native voices to the interpretation of its collections by inviting American Indian artists to serve as guest curators for each exhibit. This online Masterworks Series links the artwork featured in the three exhibits and catalogs with selected archival holdings on each artist in the Heard Museum Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives.
Click here to see a listing of items in the Masterworks Series.
The Masterworks Arts and Artists Series is generously funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
About the Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives
The Heard Museum is home to the Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives -- a comprehensive research facility offering extensive information about indigenous art and cultures from around the world and an unparalleled resource collection on nearly 25,000 American Indian artists. The Library and Archives collections reflect the museum's permanent collections, with particularly strong holdings in:
- American Indian art and culture of the Southwest
- American Indian fine arts
- Works created by American Indian authors including creative writing and a variety of Native studies
- Inuit art and culture
- Indigenous arts of Oceania, Africa and Asia
- General anthropology and art history
- Museum studies and library and archival sciences
Usage and Reproduction
All requests to reproduce materials from the Heard Museum Digital Library require a completed Request for Reproductions/Application for Permission to Publish form. The applicant agrees to abide by all terms, conditions and provisions of this agreement.
Requests to reproduce art objects from the Heard Museum Art Collection should be directed to the Curatorial Department.
Download the Reproductions/Application for Permission to Publish form