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Directory describing over 200,000 collections of primary source material housed in thousands of repositories across the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Archive Finder integrates finding aids containing detailed indexes and descriptions for special and historical collections into comprehensive collection records. The database includes the following sources for locating archives: ArchivesUSA which contains the entire collection of NUCMC from 1959 to 2006. The National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) includes information gathered and indexed by the Library of Congress, covering more than 106,000 collections. Names and detailed subject indexing of over 65,000 collections whose finding aids have been published separately in ProQuest UMI's microfiche series, National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United States (NIDS). Names and detailed subject indexing of over 44,500 collections whose finding aids have been published separately in ProQuest UMI's microfiche series, National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United Kingdom and Ireland (NIDS UK/Ireland). Collection descriptions submitted directly from repositories. A growing number of more than 6,000 links to online finding aids.
Art Full Text indexes major English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins in the arts, as well as expanded coverage of European, Latin American, Canadian, Asian and other non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism. Provides access to a wide range of bibliographies, notices of competitions and awards, reports of conferences, exhibition listings, review articles, interviews, and film reviews. Indexing (1984- ), Abstracting (1994- ), select Full Text (1997- ). Subjects Covered: Advertising Art, Antiques, Archaeology, Architecture and Architectural History, Art History, Computers in Art, Crafts, Decorative Arts, Fashion Design, Folk Art, Graphic Arts, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures, Museology, Non-Western Art, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Sculpture, Television, Textiles, and Video. The simultaneous user limit for this resource may result in temporary delays.
Art History Research net (AHR net), formerly known as Arts:Search, consists of five related and linked databases:
ReView Contains the full text of a wide range of International Art and Architecture journals published between the 1860s and the 1930s
Arts + Architecture Profiles Contains biographical data on nearly 45,000 artists, architects, designers and craftspeople
Design Abstracts Retrospective Contains abstracts of articles and an index of images in design journals published between 1900-1986
Research Sources 1: British & Irish Architecture and Decorative and Applied Arts 1850s to the 1930s This is an ongoing project to digitize every book, exhibition catalogue, pamphlet and conference paper, as well as much of the journal literature published in Britain and Ireland during the late nineteenth century and early years of the twentieth century
Research Sources 2: The Poster Contains extensive research data on the history of the Poster
Provides access to over 50 years of citations from hundreds of the leading art periodicals and magazines. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. In addition to articles, Art Index Retrospective indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in the periodicals covered. The simultaneous user limit for this resource may result in temporary delays.
A multi-disciplinary database covering 1,470 of the most important journals in the humanities and arts fields, worldwide. It also picks up, selectively, articles from the Social Sciences Index and the Sciences Citation Index insofar as they have humanities content. You can do keyword searches (all foreign citations are translated into English), citation searches (telling you where a given source has been cited by a subsequent journal article), and related record searches (telling you which articles have footnotes in common with your starting-point article). The database also enables you to zero in immediately on state-of-the-art literature review articles.
Contains digital art images, museum reproductions, and photograph collections documenting the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, design, anthropology, ethnographic and women's studies, as well as many other forms of visual culture. Images are international in scope and coverage includes a wide variety of civilizations, time-periods and media. The images are drawn from different sources, such as museums, archaeological teams, photo archives, slide collections, and art reference publishers. The database is updated with new images on a regular basis. Network restrictions at LC limit access to some images.
AskART is an online database containing information on over 270,000 artists. From its inception the focus was on American artists--painters, sculptors and illustrators--from the early 16th century through the present. However in January of 2007, the database expanded to include international artists' auction records along with book and periodical references and images. Artist entries include a biography, information about museums that display their work, a bibliography of books and periodicals about the artist, and a superb color image gallery. Over 7,400 museums and dealers are also referenced and can be accessed through a name keyword search, an alphabetically arranged artist index, or by category on a more selective basis (e.g., California Artists, Hudson River School). AskArt also provides directories of museums, dealers, auction houses, and professional organizations, as well as a glossary of art terms.
With hundreds of full-text magazines and journals, the Fine Arts and Music Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that support research in areas including drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. The database emphasizes full-text content for publications included in the Wilson Art Index and RILM bibliography.
Humanities Full Text covers over 465 sources in archaeology, food, philosophy, art, journalism, religion, classics, linguistics, space, film, music, world history, folklore, performing arts, and world literature.
The index covers articles, art notes, illustrations, stories, poems, and advertisements from 42 art journals published in the United States during the 1800's. A primary source of information on popular culture and industry during this period, as well as for artists and illustrators, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, architecture and design, exhibitions and sales, decoration, and collecting.
Invaluable (formerly Artfact) is the worlds largest online auction marketplace of fine and decorative arts, antiques, collectibles, and estate sales. Across all three of their sites--invaluable.com, invaluable.co.uk, and auctionzip.com--more than 30 million bidders per year arrive in the virtual salerooms of the worlds premier auction houses. Collectors have unprecedented access to the items they are most passionate about. Invaluables live online bidding platform allows collectors to bid in real-time on auctions held around the world.
Bidders can search and buy from over 160,000 auctions annually with a combined value of over $25 billion. Invaluables best in class price database includes more than 57 million complete auction results totaling more than $204 billion in value, including information on more than 500,000 international artists.
As the worlds leading provider of SaaS technology and marketing services to the $40 billion live auctions market, Invaluable provides auctioneers with marketing and e-commerce solutions including auction listings, online bidding, websites, and auction management software (RFC Systems) reaching over 25,000 estate and art auctioneers around the globe. The simultaneous user limit for this resource may result in temporary delays.
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Contains over 45,000 articles from the Grove Dictionary of Art (editor Jane Turner, 1996: 34 vols) on every aspect of the visual arts - painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts and photography - from prehistory to the present day. Also contains biographies, bibliographies, and thousands of links to color images and home pages from the world's leading museums, picture libraries, and galleries around the world. Browse by the following subject areas: African Art Australian and New Zealand Art Chinese Art Classical Art Latin American and Caribbean Art Northern Renaissance Art and Twentieth Century Art. Users can also explore particular themes such as: Art and Art Forms Geography People Styles and Cultures and Time Periods. Grove Art Online also provides access to all of the articles from The Oxford Companion to Western Art (ed. Hugh Brigstocke, 2001). OCWA contains over 2,800 entries on major subjects in the visual arts covering major museums, artists, styles, periods, techniques, materials, and more.
With nearly 170,000 entries on artists from antiquity to the present day and featuring regular updates, Benezit is one of the most comprehensive and definitive resources on artists in the English language. Entries are clear and concise, and Benezit contains thousands of auction records, museum holdings, and bibliographies. In addition to its outstanding scope and depth, two features in particular make Benezit unique among art reference works: its superb coverage of obscure artists and the inclusion of images of artists signatures, monograms, and stamps.
Indexes and abstracts art-related books, conference proceedings and dissertations, exhibition and dealers' catalogs, and articles from over 4,300 periodicals. Subjects covered include: art of Europe and the Americas (4th century to modern) architecture and industrial design decorative and applied arts drawings painting popular and folk art prints and sculpture.
Currently, there are more than 87,000 images from the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute available through the Open Content Program, including more than 72,000 from the Getty Research Institute's Foto Arte Minore archive, which features photographs of the art and architecture of Italy over 30 years by German photographer and scholar Max Hutzel (19131988). Other images include paintings, drawings, manuscripts, photographs, antiquities, sculpture, decorative arts, artists' sketchbooks, watercolors, rare prints from the 16th through the 18th century, and 19th-century architectural drawings of cultural landmarks. Over time, images from the Getty Conservation Institute will be added, as well as more images from the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute.
The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required.
What is cinnabar? What is a rhyton? The Getty vocabularies contain structured terminology for art, architecture, decorative arts and other material culture, archival materials, visual surrogates, and bibliographic materials. Compliant with international standards, they provide authoritative information for catalogers and researchers, and can be used to enhance access to databases and Web sites. The Getty Vocabularies grow through contributions. The vocabulary data is available for licensing and accessible free of charge below for more limited online use. The Getty vocabularies are now available as Linked Open Data.
The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT): Catherine wheel or rose window? AAT is a structured vocabulary, terms, descriptions, subject headings, bibliographic citations, and other information for generic concepts relating to fine art, architecture, decorative arts, archival materials, and material culture.
The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN): London or Londinium? TGN is a structured vocabulary, including names, descriptions, and other information for places, both historical and contemporary, important to art and architecture. It also includes physical features and administrative entities, such as cities and nations.
The Union List of Artist Names (ULAN): Titian or Tiziano Vecellio? ULAN is a structured vocabulary, including names, biographies, and other information about artists and architects. Names in ULAN may include given names, pseudonyms, variant spellings, names in multiple languages, and names that have changed over time (e.g., married names). Among these names, one is flagged as the preferred name. The temporal coverage of the ULAN ranges from Antiquity to the present and the scope is global.
The Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA): Mona Lisa or La Gioconda? CONA, a new structured vocabulary, contains titles, attributions, and other information for cultural works, including architecture and movable works such as paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, manuscripts, photographs, textiles, ceramics, furniture, other visual media such as frescoes and architectural sculpture, performance art, archaeological artifacts, and various functional objects that are from the realm of material culture.
With the launch of NGA Images, the National Gallery of Art implements an open access policy for digital images of works of art that the Gallery believes to be in the public domain. Images of these works on NGA Images are now freely available for any use, commercial or non-commercial. Users do not need to contact the Gallery for authorization to use these images. Designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration, NGA Images includes more than 20,000 open access digital images up to 3000 pixels each. All are available free of charge for searching, browsing, sharing, and downloading. A standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts.
Catalogues raisonnés — scholarly compilations of an artist's body of work — are critical tools for researching the provenance and attribution of artwork. The Foundation provides a database of published catalogues raisonnés and one of catalogues in preparation.
An online edition of The Print Council Index to Oeuvre-Catalogues of Prints by European and American Artists by Timothy A. Riggs, expanded and updated by Lauren B. Hewes and Nicole Simpson. The database now contains entries for European and American prints, print publishers, drawings, and photographs; and Japanese prints and photographs.
Contains primary source newspaper content from nearly 250 American newspapers published during the 19th century. The database features full-text content and images from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the United States. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century, with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration and Antebellum-era life among other subjects.
Covers 19th Century literature and culture, empire, feminism, the history of the book, the creative and performing arts, sport and leisure, science and medicine, the professions, and all aspects of nineteenth-century life. When complete, the database will make available full runs of nearly 600 titles, some of which exist only in a single copy. Includes 19th Century UK Periodicals: Series 1 - New Readerships
19th Century UK Periodicals: Series 2 - Empire.
America's Historical Newspapers features full text cover-to-cover reproductions of historic newspapers published in 50 states and the District of Columbia. The coverage provides insight into the early years of the United States: the daily life of hundreds of diverse American communities; the later westward expansion and the rise of the penny press with its increasing emphasis on society, industry, and scientific advances; the Civil War era, Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, the Progressive era, and beyond. Please note that the full text may not be available for all issues of a particular newspaper (the database continues to grow). Collections include:
African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 (Series 1 and Series 2)
American Business: Agricultural Newspapers
American Business: Mercantile Newspapers
American Gazettes: Newspapers of Record
American Politics: Campaign Newspapers
American Religion: Denominational Newspapers
Early American Newspapers, Series 1, 1690-1876: From Colonies to Nation
Early American Newspapers, Series 2, 1758-1900: The New Republic
Early American Newspapers, Series 3, 1783-1922: From Farm to City
Early American Newspapers, Series 4, 1756-1922: The Rise of Industry
Early American Newspapers, Series 5, 1777-1922: An Emerging World Power
Early American Newspapers, Series 6, 1741-1922: Compromise and Disunion
Early American Newspapers, Series 7: 1773-1922: Reform and Retrenchment
Early American Newspapers, Series 8, 1844-1922: A Nation in Transition
Early American Newspapers, Series 9, 1832-1922: Protest and Prosperity
Early American Newspapers, Series 10, 1730-1900: Regional Pioneers
Early American Newspapers, Series 11, 1803-1899: From Agrarian Republic to World Power
Early American Newspapers, Series 12, 1821-1900: The Specialized Press
Early American Newspapers, Series 13, 1803-1916: The American West
Early American Newspapers, Series 14, 1807-1880: The Expansion of Urban America
Early American Newspapers, Series 15, 1822-1879: Immigrant Communities
Early American Newspapers, Series 16, 1800-1877: Industry and the Environment
Early American Newspapers Series 17, 1844-1922: American Heartland
Early American Newspapers, Series 18, 1825-1879: Racial Awakening in the Northeast
The most comprehensive range of regional and local newspapers in Britain between the mid eighteenth and mid twentieth centuries ever made available in a digital collection, the collections within the British Library Newspapers series provide a range of publications to reflect the social, political and cultural events of the times.
Taken directly from the extensive holdings of the British Library, the more than 160 publications illuminate diverse and distinct regional attitudes, cultures, and vernaculars, providing an alternative viewpoint to the London-centric national press over a period of more than 200 years.
The British Library Newspapers collections feature London national newspapers, English regional papers, home country newspapers from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and titles in specialist areas such as Victorian radicalism and Chartism. Employing the latest imaging techniques, the collection offers its users highly illustrated materials that support research in History, Literature, Victorian Studies, Genealogy, Fine Arts, Finance/Economics, Political Science, and more.
The British Library Newspapers collection also consists of the 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers.
The digitization project of the Bibliothque Nationale de France focusing on the cultural history of France and French speaking areas throughout the world. Contains numerous electronic texts, images, maps, animation, and sound files of French and other publications in history, literature, science, philosophy, law, economics, and political science. Collections include: La France en Amrique / France in America Bibliothque de Voltaire la Bibliothque nationale de Russie Dcouvrez l'Afrique travers les rcits des voyageurs Dcouvrez la France travers les rcits des voyageurs Proust Socits savantes Utopie Le Rve d'Emile Zola dans tous ses tats Trsors et rarets : une Anthologie virtuelle des collections Voyages en Italie.
This resource represents the largest fully searchable collection of historical newspapers from around the globe, the World Newspaper Archive will advance research and offer opportunities for fresh insight across wide-ranging academic disciplines. This expanding online resource was created in partnership between Readex, a division of NewsBank, and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL)one of the world's largest and most important newspaper repositories.
Providing exact digital replicas of newspapers published in English and a variety of other languages, the World Newspaper Archive chronicles the history and politics of diverse peoples and cultures during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative updates, letters, poetry, advertisements, matrimony and death notices and more, these historical newspapers offer students, teachers and scholars new perspectives on local, national and global issues as well as on daily life around the world.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers-Black Newspapers offers primary source material essential to the study of American history and African-American culture, history, politics, and the arts. Examine major movements from the Harlem Renaissance to Civil Rights, and explore everyday life as written in over a half dozen historical African-American newspapers.
Atlanta Daily World (1932-2003) -The Atlanta Daily World had the first black White House correspondent and was the first black daily in the nation in the 20th century. The
Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988) -The most widely circulated black newspaper on the Atlantic coast (includes the Afro-American ledger). It was the first black newspaper to have correspondents reporting on World War II, foreign correspondents, and female sports correspondents.
Chicago Defender (1909-1975) -A leading African-American newspaper, with more than two-thirds of its readership outside Chicago.
Cleveland Call & Post (1934-1991) -Founded by Garrett Morgan, inventor of the gas mask and traffic light. Contributors included noted journalists Charles H. Loeb and John Fuster. The newspaper is well known for its support of the Scottsboro trial defendants with letters, clothing, stamps, and donations to the defense fund.
Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005) -The oldest and largest black newspaper in the western United States and the largest African-American owned newspaper in the U.S.
New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993) -This leading Black newspaper of the 20th century reached its peak in the 1940s. The Amsterdam News was a strong advocate for the desegregation of the U.S. military during World War II, and also covered the historically important Harlem Renaissance.
The Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003) -This was the only black newspaper to provide on-the-scene, day-to-day coverage of the Scottsboro trial, and was one of the best researched and well written black newspapers of its time. The
Philadelphia Tribune (1921-2001) -The oldest continuously published black newspaper is dedicated to the needs and concerns of the fourth largest black community in the U.S. During the 1930s the paper supported the growth of the United Way, rallied against the riots in Chester, PA, and continuously fought against segregation.
Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002) -One of the most nationally circulated Black newspapers, the Courier reached its peak in the 1930s. A conservative voice in the African-American community, the Courier challenged the misrepresentation of African-Americans in the national media and advocated social reforms to advance the cause of civil rights.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers is the definitive newspaper digital archive offering full-text and full-image articles for significant newspapers dating back to the 18th Century. From leading issues and events, like the U.S. Civil War, immigration, westward expansion, industrial developments, race relations, and World War I and II to local and regional politics, society, arts, culture, business, and sports, ProQuest Historical Newspapers reveals the day-to-day news coverage to researchers and historical explorers, providing invaluable insights and information to users from a wide range of subjects.
Newspapers include: The American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger; The American Israelite; The Atlanta Constitution; Atlanta Daily World; The Baltimore Afro-American; The Baltimore Sun; The Boston Globe; Chicago Defender; Chicago Tribune; The Christian Science Monitor; Cleveland Call and Post; Detroit Free Press; The Guardian and The Observer; Hartford Courant; The Jewish Advocate; The Jewish Exponent; Los Angeles Sentinel; Los Angeles Times; New York Amsterdam News; The New York Times; New York Tribune/Herald Tribune; Norfolk Journal and Guide; Philadelphia Tribune; Pittsburgh Courier; San Francisco Chronicle; St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Times of India; The Wall Street Journal; The Washington Post