The Everson's permanent collection primarily focuses on American modern and contemporary art and encompasses approximately 11,000 works, including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, videos, photographs, works on paper, and decorative arts. Core collections include ceramics and video art.
Currently one of the largest holdings of American ceramics in the nation, the Everson's collection can be attributed to the decisions made by Carter in the early 20th century. After the initial purchase of Adelaide Alsop Robineau porcelains in 1916, the Everson acquired more of her artworks. Then, in 1932, the Ceramic National exhibitions were established by Anna Wetherill Olmstead at the Museum in Robineau’s memory.
The Everson collection of Photography and works on paper include more than 450 photographs that provide an overview of artistic and technical developments during the 20th century. Works on Paper include approximately 600 examples from 19th and 20th century art movements.