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About the Morgan
The mission of The Morgan Library & Museum is to preserve, build,
study, present, and interpret a collection of extraordinary
quality, in order to stimulate enjoyment, excite the imagination,
advance learning, and nurture creativity.
A global institution focused on
the European and American
traditions, the Morgan houses
one of the world's foremost
collections of manuscripts, rare
books, music, drawings, and
ancient and other works of art.
These holdings, which represent
the legacy of Pierpont Morgan
and numerous later benefactors,
comprise a unique and dynamic
record of civilization, as well as
an incomparable repository of
ideas and of the creative
The Morgan Library & Museum celebrates creativity and the imagination,
with the conviction that meaningful engagement with literature, music,
history, and art enriches lives, opens minds, and deepens understanding.
Quality and the Distinctive Character of its Collection
The Morgan's holding of illuminated manuscripts, rare books, fine bindings, literary and
historical manuscripts, music manuscripts and printed music, drawings, and other works of
art constitutes an incomparable resource and the springboard for its mission and its
Scholarship and Learning
The staff of the Morgan generates, disseminates, and facilitates original scholarship in the
fields of its collection, making new ideas relevant and exciting to a broad audience by
means of exhibitions as well as educational and public programs.
Access and Transparency
The Morgan is committed to providing the fullest possible access to its collection and
landmark facility, and to serving a broad and diverse audience of all ages, including
students, scholars, and the general public. A comparable openness distinguishes its
operation as both a library and a museum.
Imagination and Creativity
The Morgan values imagination and creativity as they are embodied in the objects it
preserves and the ways they are presented to the public, in the work of its staff and outside
scholars, and in the range of viewpoints represented by its many audiences.
Stewardship and Accountability
The Morgan holds its collection in trust for all people, and is committed to the responsible
management of its human and financial resources, as well as to recognizing and actively
engaging its supporters and the public.
Leadership and Collaboration
The Morgan seeks to establish the highest standards with respect to the management of its
collection and resources, as well as the level of service it provides to scholars and the
general public. Teamwork and thoughtful collaboration with other institutions are essential
to realizing its mission.
Photograph by Michel Denancé.