MAAFDA Research Resources

Secondary Sources - Primary Sources - Images

Secondary Sources and Modern Scholarship

WorldCat: WorldCat is a massive index that includes listings of books, periodicals and occasionally archival and photographic material from participating institutions.

International Bibliography of Art: The definitive resource for scholarly literature on Western art, IBA is the successor to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA), and retains the editorial policies which made BHA one of the most trusted and frequently consulted sources in the field. The database includes records created by the Getty Research Institute in 2008-09, with new records created by ProQuest using the same thesaurus and authority files. Coverage: 1973-present. ProQuest.

Art Full Text : Access from participating libraries only. Indexes and abstracts articles and reproductions of works of art from periodicals published throughout the world on all areas in the arts. Indexes back as far as 1929 (and probably further back) and provides full text links to selected resources from the 1990s onward.

Art Index Retrospective: Allows users to search 55 years of art journalism spanning 1929-1984. Users can research leading English-language sources, plus others published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. Besides periodicals, users have access to data from important yearbooks and select museum bulletins. High quality indexing of nearly 600 publications provides unprecedented coverage of art. Many of the journals are peer-reviewed.

ARTbibliographies Modern: Access from participating libraries only. Full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art, with approximately 12-13,000 new entries being added each year.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals: Access from participating libraries only. Indexes journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation. Some resources date back into the 1890s. Accessible on-site at NYU Bobst, Watson (Met Museum), NYPL (Mid-Man + 4 research libraries).

Grove Art Online: More useful than Wikipedia, this service combines the full text of The Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner (1996, 34 vols), The Oxford Companion to Western Art, edited by Hugh Brigstocke (2001) as well as additional articles. It is not a source to cite on its own but a source to give you a brief synopsis and set you off in the right direction. Has a bibliography at the end of the entries too. Access from participating libraries only.

JSTOR: Access from participating libraries only. This service allows full text searching of scholarly and peer-reviewed journals. Very useful for finding reviews of sources you will need and articles on specific topics.

Proquest Dissertations & Theses: Depending on the library you use, you might get full text access (for free) to these dissertations. Many of them are searchable by keywords and, because they are dissertations, all have extensive bibliographies to mine. Access from participating libraries only.

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Primary Sources and Period Scholarship

American History and Culture Online/Sabin Americana: Digital library of works written or published in the United States, as well as items printed elsewhere, that document the history of the Americas from 1492 to the mid-1800s. Based on Sabin's Bibliotheca Americana. Access from participating libraries only. Accessible on-site at NYU Bobst.

American National Biography: Authoritative bios of more than 18,000 prominent people who lived in what is now the United States from the Colonial Period to the present. Everyone included is deceased. Includes bibliographic data on publications by and about these individuals. Search by name or various characteristics including gender, ethnicity, occupation, dates. Access from participating libraries only. Accessible on-site at NYU Bobst, Watson (Met Museum), all NYPL branches.

American Periodical Series (APS) Online: You must be at a library that subscribes to this service, such as the New York Public Library at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street. One of the best resources available, this allows you to search over 1,000 sources from 1741 into the 20th Century. The best feature is that you can add other Proquest Historical Resources to be searched at the same time and thus effortlessly search important newspapers from across the nation too. Click on “Select Multiple Databases” (beside the box marked “database”) and select any that interest you. Be aware that different libraries subscribe to different resources. A large library like the New York Public will have many more resources than a smaller, local library.

Colonial State Papers: Digital edition of material from the British National Archives, CO1 and other collections, from 1574-1759, including images of many original manuscript documents. Also includes a digital edition of The Calendar of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739. Access from participating libraries only. Accessible on-site at NYU Bobst.

Early American Newspapers (1690-1922) / America's Historical Newspapers: Searchable full-text of newspapers more than 1,000 U.S. historical newspapers including titles from all 50 states. Includes newspapers from the collections of the American Antiquarian Society, the Library of Congress, the Wisconsin Historical Society and others, including the microfilm collection based on Brigham's "History and Bibliography of American Newspapers." Access from participating libraries only. Accessible on-site at NYU Bobst and all NYPL branches.

Early American Imprints, Series 1, Evans 1639-1800: Digital library of works published in America in the 17th and 18th centuries. Materials include fiction and non-fiction covering every aspect of American life in the period. Access from participating libraries only. Accessible on-site at NYU Bobst and all 4 NYPL research libraries.

Index to Nineteenth-Century American Art Periodicals: A very useful resource that provides a comprehensive index which is easy to use. Access from participating libraries only.

Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries: Collection of previously unpublished letters and diaries by women of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries documenting the details of their lives and illuminating the roles women played within their families, their communities, and the social and political movements of their times. The collection is drawn entirely from the extensive holdings of the American Antiquarian Society. Access from participating libraries only.

Nineteenth Century U. S. Newspaper Digital Archive (1800-1899): Digital archive of U.S. newspapers from the 19th century. Access from participating libraries only.

The Pennsylvania Gazette (1728-1800): Published in Philadelphia from 1728 through 1800, The Pennsylvania Gazette is considered The New York Times of the 18th century. Access from participating libraries only. Accessible on-site at NYU Bobst.

Periodicals Index Online: Access only from participating libraries. I have also seen this listed as Periodicals Archive online. Not a full text search, but will search for author / title keywords and general keywords. Contains almost the full text of Keramic Studio and Brush and Pencil magazines that you can browse.

University of Wisconsin Digital collections: Amazing site, full text of a number of important decarative art resources, free to use.

Making of America - Cornell University & Making of America - University of Michigan: Two websites, one at Cornell University and one at the University of Michigan, that allow for full text searches of selected journals and books. Because each site contains different materials, you need to check them both. Dates of publications range from about 1815 to 1926. Access is free.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: This is a Beta site from the library of congress that allows you to search the full text of a wide variety of newspapers from across the nation. The dates are presently quite limited (only 1900-1910) but it is, nonetheless, an invaluable resource. Access is free.

Google Books: A useful tool for searching the full text of books, this service can provide an overwhelming amount of information if you are not careful. Because of US Copyright law almost all of the books published before 1926 have a full text available. Do not forget to search within the text of the books in your results, as often times there are multiple instances of a term. Access is free.

Internet Archive: Even though it sounds spooky, this site provides access to a remarkable amount of texts and other media types available on the internet, including project Gutenberg. Access is free.

Smithsonian Collections Searching Center: Search over 2 million records with 265,900 images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources from the Smithsonian's museums, archives & libraries. Access is free.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online: Covering a period from 1841-1902, this free resource allows you to search the full text of Brooklyn’s most important paper of the period. Results can be sorted in a number of different ways to make evaluation of articles quicker and more productive. Access is free.

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Images, etc.

The New York Public Library’s Digital Collections Online: An interesting assortment of text and images all available online and from the comfort of your home. This is definitely worth the minimal effort required.

American Memory from the Library of Congress Online: A large collection of works that have been digitized, you may find this site useful, though it is heavily dependent upon your subject. Many images, some very good texts and pamphlets, and even legal documents. Access is free.

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List compiled by Jonathan Clancy.