Research Resources

BMCM+AC Research Library

BMCM+AC Research Library
The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center Research Library is a special collection of books and videos that focus on the people and ideas of Black Mountain College. The Research Library is a non-circulating collection open to the public during normal museum hours at 56 Broadway. 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.


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 are collaborating to digitize materials from the BMCM+AC archives and permanent collection. This is an ongoing process that will continue to develop and grow over time.  

Journal of Black Mountain College Studies 
The Journal of Black Mountain College Studies is a peer-reviewed publication of BMCM+AC, which sponsors an annual conference along with the UNC Asheville. Articles and creative works appear from experts around the world, who enter into an interdisciplinary dialogue on a wide range of topics.

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 store. And never hesitate to be in touch or stop by with questions!