Archive Partners

ICA Archives at Tate

The Tate Archive holds the archive of the Institute of Contemporary Arts from 1947 to 1987.

The ICA archive is an incredibly rich resource for anyone interested in the visual arts, theatre and performance art, dance, critical thought, music and sound art, and film. As well as providing a record of events, the ICA's publicity material reflects changes in graphic design through five decades, and the correspondence and press-cuttings document British society's changing attitudes to contemporary art.

The ICA archive is stored at the Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms at Tate Britain - collection number TGA 955. The first section of the archive has been catalogued and is therefore fully available - the Dorothy Morland papers (TGA 955/1). These cover approximately the period from 1946 to 1968.

Material from 1968-1987 has been mostly catalogued, with the exception of some printed material, AV material and photographs. Work on this material is ongoing. More detailed information about what items are available is accessible through the Tate's online archive catalogue. If you need specific information or cannot find what you are looking for, the staff at the Tate Library & Archive will always try to help.

Access to the Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms is by appointment and for reference only. For information on how to access the Research Centre please follow the links on Tate's website. Admission is free.

British Library/ICA digitisation project

The ICA and British Library collaborated on digitising a series of sound recordings of talks from the 1980s and 1990s. Please get in touch if you think you might have taken part.

The British Library has digitised 1,600 recordings of talks that took place during the 1980s and 90s at the ICA. In line with its policy of improving access to its collections, the Library continues to make available the recordings for educational use on the Archival Sounds Recordings website. This resource will offer free access for those wishing to study debates around culture, politics, gender issues, artistic practice and literature.

The ICA has granted permission for the use of these recording and the Library is clearing rights from individual contributors to the talks. If you took part in these events but have not been contacted by the Library for your permission, please contact the British Library Archival Sounds Recordings project on +44 (0)20 7412 7660 or