Research Resources

BMCM+AC Research Library

BMCM+AC maintains a collection of books and videos that focuses on the people and ideas of Black Mountain College and related topics. This non-circulating collection is open to the public during normal museum hours at 120 College Street.  View our catalog to see the books available in the library. If you would like us to pull specific materials for you, please reach out to info[at] to let us know ahead of time.

The BMCM+AC Research Library includes the Ronald R. Janssen Collection, also located at 120 College Street. 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.

Journal of Black Mountain College Studies

The Journal of Black Mountain College Studies is a peer-reviewed digital publication hosted on the BMCM+AC website. Some issues of the journal are thematic in nature. Others contain a diverse range of articles and works, some derived from the annual ReViewing BMC conference co-sponsored by BMCM+AC and University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA), and others submitted through the open submissions process. We invite historical or retrospective works as well as articles and projects that embody the BMC spirit today.

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] or stop by the museum with questions!