Research Resources

BMCM+AC Research Libraries

Black Mountain College Study Center
The Black Mountain College Study Center is a special collection of books and videos that focuses on the people and ideas of Black Mountain College and related topics. Its non-circulating collection is open to the public during normal museum hours at 56 Broadway. Click the link above to see the books available in this library. If you would like us to pull some materials for you, just let us know ahead of time and we’d be happy to.

Ronald R. Janssen Library + Study Center
Ronald R. Janssen, Professor Emeritus at Hofstra University, generously gifted his unique collection of BMC-related books, journals, and DVDs to Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. The collection focuses on the artists and writers of Black Mountain College and the movements these artists and writers influenced beyond the college. The Janssen Library is a non-circulating collection open to the public during normal museum hours at 69 Broadway.

Journal of Black Mountain College Studies

The Journal of Black Mountain College Studies is an online peer-reviewed publication of BMCM+AC. This journal is an outgrowth of our annual ReVIEWING conference, organized in partnership with UNC Asheville. Articles and creative works appear from experts around the world, who enter into an interdisciplinary dialogue on a wide range of topics.

Other Online Resources

Western Regional Archives
The Western Regional Archives (WRA) collects, preserves, and makes available for public use historical and evidential materials relating to Western North Carolina, including a great collection of archives from Black Mountain College. The WRA is administered by the State Archives of North Carolina and operates under North Carolina General Statutes 121 and 132 in carrying out its archival mission and programs. The holdings consist primarily of private collections and some microfilmed county records. 

Black Mountain College Project
Mary Emma Harris, author of The Arts at Black Mountain College, maintains an extensive archive of BMC-related materials. Her independent research is updated as The Black Mountain College Project. The project’s goal is to ensure that the history and influence of Black Mountain College are preserved and documented for future generations.

UNCA Library Special Collections
The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and University of North Carolina Asheville’s Ramsey Library Special Collections digitized materials from the BMCM+AC archives and permanent collection. 

Books + More
There are countless books, DVDs, recordings, and museum publications that can aid your research project. Be sure to check out our library catalog and Online Store. And reach out to info [at] blackmountaincollege [dot] org or stop by either of our locations with questions!