About the Archive

The archival holdings of the Bob Mizer Foundation (BMF) contain the original estate of Bob Mizer, materials donated by collectors, as well as the institutional records of Bob Mizer's Athletic Model Guild (AMG). Types of material that may be found in the Archives include identification documents, correspondence, currency, education materials and certificates, photographs, memorabilia, ephemera, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, travel documents, exhibition and curation records and other items that document life of the models photographed during the 1940s through the 1980s.

Photo identification must be presented and registration is required prior to accessing materials in the Archives. No food, drink, pens or indelible pencils are permitted when accessing collections materials. Researchers may be required to wear non-latex or cotton gloves when handling artifacts or fragile documents. Paper and pencils are available on site. Researchers may bring their own laptop computers and those wishing to use digital cameras (or camera equipped mobile phones) are asked to consult the collections staff on duty prior to use. Digital copies of materials may be available. Collections staff will be available to answer research questions and help users navigate the BMF's cross-collection database. 

The Archives include textual, visual and audio records relating to the experiences of Mizer, his contemporaries, his models, his publications, his films, his physical assets, and the legacy of his work and of the Athletic Model Guild. 

The Foundation Archives are open by appointment. Researchers may book an appointment in advance of their visit by emailing info@bobmizer.org.


The major difference between the Museum collection and the Archives is the way that information is organized. In the Museum collection, each object is treated individually and described as a single unit. In the Archives, materials are arranged and described in aggregates of records organized hierarchically to ensure context between records is maintained. 

Three-dimensional objects or artworks may be part of an archival collection depending on how the material was collected and maintained by the creator and/or donor and how the Foundation acquired the material. 

The Foundation’s online catalogue is designed to highlight relationships between materials in the collection. Users are encouraged to browse across collections and related holdings to discover more about each item in the catalogue. 

Learn more about the Foundation's Museum Collection.
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