Tate Archive contains more than one million items on artists, art world figures and art organisations in Britain documenting the history of fine art practice in the UK. This includes letters, writings, sketchbooks, artworks, audio-visual material, photographs, printed ephemera, press cuttings and objects.

More than 52,000 of these, including material by artists such as Francis Bacon, Felicia Browne and Paul Nash, can now be viewed online.   

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Ben Nicholson Papers

Ben Nicholson papers, 1903–82

Graham Sutherland

Collection of forty sketchbooks and fragments of sketchbooks

Barbara Hepworth

Sculpture records comprising photographs and notes compiled under the sculptor’s supervision 1925–75

Paul Nash

Letters and papers of Paul Nash [c.1894]–5 November 1951

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Letters and writings by artists. Includes correspondence between Paul Nash and his wife, Margaret, written during the First World War and documents written by Ben Nicholson about his art practice


Preparatory work by artists including a set of forty sketchbooks by Graham Sutherland which illustrate his development over his career


Photographs from the archive collection include Nigel Henderson's series of images which capture life in the East End of London

Notebooks and Diaries

Thought and comments by artists including a selection of diaries written by Keith Vaughan about his personal thoughts on his life and artwork

About the Archive

Archive collections online

Read the full list of material that has been made available, including material related to Josef Herman, Barbara Hepworth and Sir Jacob Epstein

Tate Archive collections

Find out more about the full archive collection, plus browse the complete catalogue and find out how to visit the Archive at Tate Britain

Archives & Access Project

Read about the project to make our archive of British art accessible to national and international audiences

Animating the Archives

Video series examining some of the stories and people in our archive

Archive & Access blog

Updates from the team behind the project who are making thousands of unique objects from Tate’s archive accessible through digitisation