For more information contact:

Emily Jones
Archivist | Collections Manager
(845) 679-2940 x105

The Sam Klein Memorial Archives was established in 1977. This extensive archive is comprised of letters, diaries, biographical information, catalogs, reviews, announcements, photographs, and ephemera related to the historic Woodstock Colony of the Arts.

The archives serves as a research library and resource concerning Woodstock and the Association’s important role in the development and support of American art and artists. WAAM’s programs and membership represent a living continuum which is documented both within our archives and the museum collection. We are always seeking additions, and call on our members and friends for contributions. As an invaluable resource for scholarship and research, the archives are accessed by historians, students, artists, collectors, curators, and descendants of artists for a wide range of purposes, and are open to all who make an inquiry. Please call to make an appointment to utilize the archives.

Selections from the Archives & Library include:

  • Woodstock Artist Recordings. A series of taped interviews recorded in the 1970s by Jean Gaede and Fritzi Striebel.
  • The Woodstock Art Conferences Collection. Documents from the Woodstock Art Conferences (1947, 1948, 1950 and 1952) and recordings from the 1952 Conference, which included panelists Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, and Ben Shahn.
  • The Maverick Notebooks. A collection of binders and related information gathered by Jean Gaede on the houses and residents of the Maverick Art Colony.