While MOCA’s physical collection is under post-fire conservation survey and is not accessible for researchers, please feel free to browse our digitized collection, which includes objects, documents, photographs, and oral histories.

Currently, MOCA has digitized around 30% of its Collections. The digitized items are available on three research platforms. The use of the three allows them to complement one another and present the entirety of our collection.


Finding aids for general overview of the collections

A grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) from 2014-2016 supported MOCA’s initial adoption of ArchivesSpace, facilitated our creation of finding aids, and helped us reduce our backlog of unprocessed collections for our 31 collections occupying 510 linear feet.


Item level database

Oral History Metadata Synchronizer, OHMS

Online access to oral histories

A 2019-2020 grant from the Luce Foundation supported MOCA’s initial adoption of OHMS and funded the digitization and sharing of our first 50 oral histories on the OHMS platform. A grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) from 2020-2021 helped us fund the digitization of an additional 50 oral histories. With the support of an ongoing three-year grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), we will make an additional 150 oral histories accessible online by 2024.

The three software applications complement each other, and together they provide a complete picture of our collections.