The MFAH has a large collection of works on paper and photographs housed in storage areas adjacent to the Works on Paper Study Center. At last count, the prints and drawings in storage number more than 14,000 items, and the photographs number in excess of 27,000 and include objects from the Asian, Latin American, and modern and contemporary collections as well as from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation. At any moment, the museum exhibits only a small portion of its holdings. In order to make more of the entire collection available to interested parties, the MFAH included a study center in the construction plans for the Audrey Jones Beck Building, which opened in 2000. Located on the mezzanine level, the center is a unique, multi-use site that houses the storage areas for these objects in secure, climate-controlled facilities. The Works on Paper Study Center is used by staff, visiting curators and scholars, school groups (high school to college), collectors, museum members, and the general public to enjoy, first-hand, works from these extensive collections. The facilities are also used by the MFAH curatorial departments for meetings and lectures, and as a teaching tool for residents of Houston's communities.

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