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Research Guides

Art: Art & Art History

This guide offers the top recommended resources for Art, Art History, and Design.

Archives & Selected Digital Resources


  • Archive repositories (ceased updating 1/1/2015)
    • "A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar."
  • Archive Grid
    • Over four million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more."
  • Women Artists Archive
    • An innovative web directory to U.S. archival collections of primary source materials by and about women visual artists active in the U.S. since 1945.
  • Universes in Universe
    • World Art Visual arts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America within the context of international art processes.
  • The Internet Archive 
    • A non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 419 billion archived web pages.


Digital Publications

  • Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    • Contains 300 timelines, 930 essays, close to 7,000 objects, and a robust index, and is regularly updated and enriched to provide new scholarship and insights on the collection.
  • MetPublications
    • MetPublications is a portal to the Met's comprehensive publishing program with 1,500 titles, including books, online publications, and Bulletins and Journals from the last five decades.
  • Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative
    • The Getty Foundation's Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) is helping museums make the transition from printed volumes to multimedia, web-based publications freely available to anyone with a computer, tablet, or smartphone. The Foundation launched OSCI in 2009 in partnership with the J. Paul Getty Museum and eight other institutions. To date, eight catalogues have been released.
    • Reviews in are published continuously by the College Art Association (CAA) and Taylor & Francis.