About the Archive

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.

Archive collections

Showing 76 digitised collections

44 items

Collection owner: Robert Adams Personal papers and artworks of Robert Adams

1925–87
239 items

Collection owner: Eileen Agar Personal papers of and artworks by Eileen Agar

1917–92
953 items

Collection owner: Eileen Agar Photograph collection belonging to Eileen Agar

[1930s–1960s]
300 items

Collection owner: Kenneth Armitage The personal papers of Kenneth Armitage

[1933]–1999
1 item

Collection owner: Kenneth Armitage Personal papers of Kenneth Armitage

1855–2002
160 items

Collection owner: Conrad Atkinson Material relating to works by Conrad Atkinson

[c.1955–84]
9 items

Collection owner: Michael Ayrton Papers of Michael Ayrton

1920s–1986
7 items

Collection owner: Francis Bacon Drawings and notes about paintings by Francis Bacon

1950–7
137 items

Collection owner: John Banting Papers, photographs and correspondence of John Banting

1906–72
2 items

Collection owner: Anita Bartle The papers of Anita Bartle

1876–1958
266 items

Collection owner: Ian Breakwell Personal Papers of Ian Breakwell

1960s–2005
137 items

Collection owner: Stuart Brisley Personal papers of Stuart Brisley

[c.1953–2007]
178 items

Collection owner: Felicia Browne Drawings and papers of Felicia Browne

1920s–1930s
3 items

Collection owner: Edward Burra Papers of Edward Burra

1901–70s
120 items

Collection owner: Kenneth Clark Papers of Kenneth Clark

[c.1876–1984]
1 item

Collection owner: Prunella Clough Diary and photographs belonging to Prunella Clough

1920s–1947
196 items

Collection owner: Prunella Clough The archives of Prunella Clough

1880–1990s
302 items

Collection owner: Cecil Collins Cecil Collins papers

[c.1930]–1989
13 items

Collection owner: Cecil Collins Papers of Cecil and Elisabeth Collins

c.1930s–2001
215 items

Collection owner: Ithell Colquhoun Papers of Ithell Colquhoun (1906-1988)

[c.1700–1987]
13 items

Collection owner: Sir Jacob Epstein Letters from Jacob Epstein to Peggy Jean and Norman Hornstein

26 June [1953]–20 January [1959]
2 items

Collection owner: Richard Eurich Papers of Richard Eurich

1923–61
45 items

Collection owner: Ian Hamilton Finlay Printed cards from the Wild Hawthorn Press

1969–75
120 items

Collection owner: Stanhope Alexander Forbes Papers of Stanhope Alexander Forbes (1857-1947)

1876–1951
4 items

Collection owner: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska Sketchbooks of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

1910–14
12 items

Collection owner: Stephen Gilbert Twelve signed and dated drawings by Stephen Gilbert

1945
2 items

Collection owner: Stephen Gilbert Papers relating to the work of Stephen Gilbert

1954–82
201 items

Collection owners: Thomas Cooper Gotch, Henry Scott Tuke The personal papers of Thomas Cooper Gotch (1854-1931) and Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929)

[1848]–1998
234 items

Collection owner: Duncan Grant Personal papers of Duncan Grant

1853–1978
18 items

Collection owner: Hanover Gallery (London, UK) Records of the Hanover Gallery

1948–73
1,927 items

Collection owner: Nigel Henderson Further papers of Nigel Graeme Henderson (1917-1985)

1940–2006
1,124 items

Collection owner: Nigel Henderson The personal papers of Nigel Graeme Henderson (1917-1985)

1913–84
7 items

Collection owner: Barbara Ker-Seymer The papers of Barbara Ker-Seymer

1905–93
6 items

Collection owner: L.S. Lowry Drawings by L.S. Lowry

1912–80
97 items

Collection owner: Dame Eileen Mayo Personal papers of Eileen Mayo

1908–61
204 items

Collection owner: Nora Meninsky Sketches and notes of Bernard Meninsky

[c.1926–51]
248 items

Collection owner: Ronald Moody Papers of Ronald Moody

1900–94
238 items

Collection owner: Sir Cedric Morris, Bt Personal papers of Cedric Morris and Arthur Lett-Haines

1774–1981
96 items

Collection owner: John Nash Papers and correspondence of John Nash

1591–1980
1,268 items

Collection owner: Paul Nash Negatives of 1267 photographs taken by Paul Nash

1930–46
183 items

Collection owner: Paul Nash Letters and papers of Paul Nash

[c.1894]–5 November 1951
6 items

Collection owner: Paul Neagu Material relating to artworks by Paul Neagu

1958–2003
237 items

Collection owner: Ben Nicholson OM Ben Nicholson papers

1903–82
5,870 items

Collection owner: John Piper Photographs taken by John Piper

[c.1930s–1980s]
2 items

Collection owner: John Piper Papers of John and Myfanwy Piper

1882–1990s
155 items

Collection owner: Ethel Sands Papers of Ethel Sands (1873-1962)

1720–1961
5 items

Collection owner: Kurt Schwitters File of material relating to Kurt Schwitters

date not known
4 items

Collection owner: Lady Cecilia Sempill Correspondence of Lady Cecilia Sempill

1926–79
1 item

Collection owner: Sir Stanley Spencer Sketchbook by Stanley Spencer

[c.1908–26]
40 items

Collection owner: Graham Sutherland OM Collection of forty sketchbooks and fragments of sketchbooks

1935–74
4 items

Collection owner: Julian Trevelyan The papers of Julian Trevelyan

1929–88
7 items

Collection owner: Keith Vaughan Personal Papers of Keith Vaughan

1908–77
3,394 items

Collection owner: Marie-Louise Von Motesiczky The personal papers of Marie-Louise von Motesiczky

April 1823–[2006]
171 items

Collection owner: Aubrey Williams Personal papers of Aubrey Williams

1950s–1990
22 items

Collection owner: Scottie Wilson The working materials and ephemera of Scottie Wilson

[c.1930]–1972