After PAD/D's closure, the archive remained at 339 Lafayette Street, until it was donated by Lucy Lippard to The Museum of Modern Art Library in 1989. The donation was facilitated by then chief librarian Clive Phillpot, who was present at the Printed Matter meeting where PAD/D was officially founded. The collection continued to be organized and indexed by members Barbara Moore and Mimi Smith onsite at MoMA until 1993. The individual folders and a portion of the posters were cataloged by the library, and the collection remained open for public access in the library until 2022. It was then transferred to the MoMA Archives and the files, posters, and card catalog were incorporated into one cohesive collection, whose finding aid can be found here.
The collection is organized into five series: artist and organizational files, audio/visual recordings, posters, stencils, and the card catalog index. Series I contains the original collected archive of PAD/D, and the papers of PAD/D founders Lucy Lippard, Rudolf Baranik, and Dore Ashton. They include correspondence, press releases, exhibition invitations, flyers, posters, mail art, artist books, and more. Series II contains a small set of audio/visual recordings which were originally housed separate from the files. Series III contains PAD/D's extensive collection of more than 780 posters. The collection includes a variety of items such as hand-painted protest signs, handbills, artist-editioned posters, and exhibition posters. Series IV includes a small number of handmade stencils used to create some of the posters included in the 1983 and 1984 Not For Sale exhibitions. Finally, Series V contains the index cards that composed the original card catalog made by Barbara Moore and Mimi Smith.
Image courtesy of MoMA Archives, Library and Research Collections.
While the PAD/D archives contains many publications produced by PAD/D, additional copies of those and other materials can be found in the MoMA library.