The Museum of Modern Art Appoints Michelle Elligott as the Chief of Archives, Library, and Research Collections

The Museum of Modern Art announces the appointment of Michelle Elligott as Chief of Archives, Library, and Research Collections. In this role, she will provide key professional and intellectual leadership for the Museum’s world class research collections; oversee the strategic planning and facilities of the Archives and Library; and manage all aspects of the research collections and records of the institution with respect to their care, cataloging, and accessibility.

Ms. Elligott brings more than two decades of experience to the position. In 1999, she was appointed the Rona Roob Senior Museum Archivist, and since 2014 has served as Chief of Archives. In her new position she will also provide leadership to the Library, succeeding Milan Hughston who retired in 2016.

 “I am confident that Michelle will provide exemplary leadership to the Archives and Library and will continue to advance our efforts in acquisitions, preservation, and accessibility, across all platforms, to ensure that MoMA is a leading center for the study of modern art,” said MoMA Director Glenn Lowry.

 “I am thrilled and honored by this opportunity,” said Michelle Elligott. “The breadth of the extraordinary research collections that document the history of modern art and diverse artistic practices are a vital resource for museum staff and researchers from around the world.  It is my great privilege to lead the efforts to promote this unique content and cultivate scholarship, while at the same time working collaboratively to dramatically increase access to these resources for the general public alike.”