American Art

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Database Indexes to Journal Articles and Dissertations

For a complete list of databases, see Databases A-Z.

Note: 1964–. Subject index to articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.
Note: 1984–. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Abstracts indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Subjects covered include archaeology, architecture, art history, city planning, crafts, motion pictures, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, museology, and photography.
Note: 1929-1983. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Abstracts indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Subjects covered include archaeology, architecture, art history, city planning, crafts, motion pictures, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, museology, and photography.
Note: 1969–. Indexes articles, books, exhibition catalogs, and theses on modern art, photography, and design from late 19th century to the present.
Note: 1973–2009. Getty Information Institute. Indexes books, journals, dissertations, and exhibition catalogs. Covers Western art, all media, from late antiquity to the present. Includes RILA (International Repertory of the Literature of Art, 1975-1989 , and RAA (Repertoire d’Art et d’Archeologie, 1973-1989;. RAA covers late antiquity to the present; excludes Islamic, Far Eastern, and primitive art and archaeology.
Note: Guide Author’s note: 1861–. Citations to dissertations accepted for doctoral degrees at accredited North American institutions and more than 200 institutions elsewhere; abstracts are available from 1980 to date. Citations to masters’ theses from 1962 to date; abstracts available from 1988 to date. Boston University dissertations published from 1997 to date may be downloaded at no charge. For a subject list of Dissertations in Progress, see the June issue of Art Bulletin. BU See also: Dissertations in Progress Egyptology, compiled by the University of Chicago; Dissertations in Progress Byzantine Studies, North American institutions, compiled by Dumbarton Oaks, and Society of Architectural Historians’ Dissertations Underway.
Note: 1984–. Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Multidisciplinary, multilingual database with emphasis on humanities and social sciences.
Note: 1969–. Indexes articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history and culture of the world from 1450 to the present. Covers some aspects of American art, such as American artists in other countries and influences of America on non-American artists.
Note: Covers nearly all art journals from the 19th century. Indexes entire journal contents–articles, art notes, illustrations, stories, poems, and advertisements. Source of information on popular culture and industry, artists and illustrators, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, architecture and design, exhibitions and sales, decoration, and collecting.


Magazines and Newspapers

For historical and current Boston (MA) newspapers, see Boston and Its Neighborhoods: Newspapers and Media.

Accessible Archives primary source material from 18th & 19th century periodicals.

For a list of the collections in the Accessible Archives database click here.

Access to Series 1-3 available through BPL (Boston Public Library) with BPL card number (Massachusetts State Residents can sign up for a Boston Public Library eCard for remote access). Note: Series 2 and 3 contain additional titles and issues rather than a new range of years.  Series 2-3 cover 1758-1922.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, Library of Congress. “Search America’s historic newspapers pages from – or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.”  Its two main sections are All Digitized Newspapers and US Newspaper Directory 1690-present.  Some  Topics of the times.  Illustrated Newspaper Supplements provides images of front pages on flickr.

Historical Guides to the World’s Periodicals and Newspapers.

This series includes several volumes on American magazines. Each volume provides magazine histories, including bibliographies, index and location sources, title changes, volume and issue data, publishers and publishing places, editors and circulation with an appended chronology.

History of American Magazines, 1741-1930

(online) BU 5 vols, by Frank Luther Mott, 1938-1968. A comprehenisve history of the general development of American magazines and separate sketches of individual magazines. Many of the magazines are available at Mugar Memorial Library in the microfilm set, American Periodicals, 1741-1900, described above. Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature, 1802-1906and 19th Century Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature provide subject access to many, but not all, of these magazines. Also in print: Mugar PN 4877 F382.

Making of America (MOA)

University of Michigan and Cornell University. Databases of full-text 19th-century journals in the browsableandsearchable collection of the University of Michigan (Appleton’s 1869-1881 (2 series); Catholic World 1865-1901; DeBow’s 1846-1869 + 1952 index (3 series); Garden and Forest 1888-1897 (from Library of Congress); Ladies Repository 1841-1876 (3 series); The Old Guard 1864; Overland Monthly 1868-1900 (2 series); Princeton Review 1831-1882 (3 series); Southern Literary Messenger 1835-1864 + 1936 Contributor index; Southern Quarterly Review 1842-1857 (3 series); Vanity Fair 1860-1862) and in the browsable and searchable collection of Cornell University (The American Missionary (1878 – 1901); The American Whig Review (1845 – 1852); The Atlantic Monthly (1857 – 1901); The Bay State Monthly (1884 – 1886); The Century (1881 – 1899); The Continental Monthly (1862 – 1864); The Galaxy (1866 – 1878); Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (1850 – 1899); The International Monthly Magazine (1850 – 1852); The Living Age (1844 – 1900); Manufacturer and Builder (1869 – 1894); The New England Magazine (1886 – 1900); The New-England Magazine (1831 – 1835); New Englander (1843 – 1892); The North American Review (1815 – 1900); The Old Guard (1863 – 1867); Punchinello (1870); Putnam’s Monthly (1853 – 1870); Scientific American (1846 – 1869); Scribner’s Magazine (1887 – 1896); Scribner’s Monthly (1870 – 1881); The United States Democratic Review (1837 – 1859).

Magazine of Art, online 1878-1904. Additional scattered years available in print and online.  Check BuLibraries.

Pennsylvania Civil War Newspapers (Penn State)

ProQuest historical newspapers. Chicago Defender (1910-1975)

Times (London) 1785-1985.

Times of London 1985-current.





Welcome to ArtsUSA

Americans for the Arts, Washington, D.C. An “organization for groups and individuals dedicated to advancing the arts and culture in communities across the country.” Arts advocacy, arts education, clearinghouse and bibliographic database of research and publications information, and links to related Web sites.

Arts (Funding–Internships–Market–Resources)

Art Market Guide: Contemporary American Art,

by Richard Polysky. Market analyses of 50 “widely-collected” artists, e.g., Jennifer Bartlett, Jim Dine, Cindy Sherman.
Mugar N 6512 P65 1998

Art Market Research: A Guide to Methods and Sources,

2nd edition, by Tom McNulty, 2014.

Artist’s and Graphic Designer’s Market: 2,500 Places to Sell Your Art and Designs, 2014.  (Online on order)


Arts and Design, in Occupational Outlook Handbook (2010-2011 online edition). See also:

Occupational Employment Statistics (May 14, 2013)
Standard Occupational Classification


Career Building for Artists.  New York University Libraries.


Pivot Funding Opportunities: Sponsors. Type keyword “artists” in search box.



American Imprints on Art Through 1865: Books and Pamphlets on Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Aesthetics, Art Criticism, and Instruction: An Annotated Bibliography ,

by Janice Schimmelmann. 637 titles not exclusively on American art but providing insight and information on publications available to American artists and viewing public. Excludes exhibition catalogs.
Mugar Reference X Z 5961 U5 S34 1990

Arts in America: A Bibliography , 4 vols, ed. Bernard Karpel, 1978.

Published by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Annotated. Comprehensive guide to the literature on American art, including dance, design, film, graphic arts, music, and theater.
Mugar Reference X Z 5961 G5 A77

Arts in Early American History: Needs and Opportunities for Study,

essay by Walter Whitehill, bibliography by Wendell Garrett, 1965. Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture at Williamsburg, Virginia. Covers writings on the arts, 1876-1964; general works; architecture by region; topography; painting and painters; portraits by subjects; sculpture; graphic arts; medals, seals, and heraldic devices; crafts; furniture; silver and silversmiths; other materials; and serial publications.
Mugar Reference X Z 5961 U5 F65

Decorative Arts and Household Furnishings in America, 1650-1920: An Annotated Bibliography,

by Kenneth L. Ames. Published by the Winterthur Museum. Chapters on references and surveys, domestic architecture, furniture, metals, ceramics and glass, timepieces, household activities and systems, artisans and culture, and scholarship of material culture. Historical essays precede lengthy descriptive annotations.
Mugar Reference X Z 5965 D3 D45 1989

Government and Art: A Guide to Sources in the Archives of American Art,

by Arthur Breton. Identifies and describes letters, diaries, interviews and other papers relating to federal, state, city, and local government’s connections with art. Separate index of names and subjects.
Mugar Reference X Z 5961 U5 A73 1995

Government and the Arts in Thirties America: A Guide to Oral Histories and Other Research Materials,

ed. Roy Rosenzweig. Covers art, music, theater, and writing sponsored by the WPA between 1935 and 1939. Over 1,000 interviews listed alphabetically by interviewee. Project, position, and location indexes. Guide to oral history repositories.
Mugar Reference X NX 735 G68 1986

New Deal Fine Arts Projects: A Bibliography, 1933-1992,

by Martin Kalfatovic. Annotated chronological bibliography with author and subject indexes. Provides a project chronology, list of abbreviations and acronyms, and lengthy historical essay. Appendices on who’s who, exhibitions 1934-1990, competitions, WPA/FAP Community Art Centers, PWAP regions, and legislation for a permanent art project.
Mugar Reference X N 8837 K36 1994

Paris: A Guide to Archival Sources for American Art History,

by Susan Grant. Institutions in Paris and the Ile-de-France region. Entries include overview of entire collection and description of specific American art- related material. Excludes photographic archives. Only basic information about archival documents regarding American architects.
Mugar Reference X N 6950 G73 1997

Print Council Index to Oeuvre-Catalogues of Prints by European and American Artists.  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.

Trade Catalogues at Winterthur : A Guide to the Literature of Merchandising, 1750 to 1980,

comp. E. Richard McKinstry. Provides an index to the microfiche set of trade catalogues which are located in the Current Periodicals Room filed under “Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum.”
Mugar Micro Reference X Z 7164 M18 H43 1984

250 Years of Afro-American Art: Annotated Bibliography,

by Lynn Igoe. Three sections: general surveys; subjects; and artists with brief biographies, bibliographies, and lists of works.
Mugar Reference X Z 5956 A47 I38 1981

Biographical Sources:

a. General

American National Biography, includes artists and architects. Also, theme collections.

Art Across America: Two Centuries of Regional Painting, 1710-1920,

3 vols, by William Gerdts. Artists working outside major cities. Illustrated.
Mugar Reference X ND 212 G47 1990

Artists in California, 1786-1940,

by Edan Hughes. Dictionary of 14,000 artists with brief biographical entries including references and exhibitions. Essay on “Early California Art” and “Chronology of California Art”. See also: California Artists, 1935-1956, by Dewitt McCall, 1981, for an alphabetical list of 138 names without commentary but with at least one illustration, a few in color, per artist (Mugar Reference X N 6530 C2 M35).
Mugar Reference X N 6530 C2 H8 1989

Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary,

3 vols, by Doris Dawdy, 1974, 1981, 1985. Over 4,000 painters, illustrators, and printmakers born before 1900 in the United States and elsewhere who depicted the West–the 17 states west of the 95th meridian. Brief biographical and artistic information. Vol. 3 has an artist index to all three volumes.
Mugar Reference X N 6536 D38 

Note: BU This database contains full-text biographical entries from a number of reference works published by Gale and St, James Press: Contemporary Artists (5th ed, 2001), Contemporary Designers (3rd ed, 1999), Contemporary Photographers (3rd ed, 1996), Contemporary Women Artists (1999), International Dictionary of Art and Artists (1990), St. James Guide to Black Artists (1997), St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (2000). Please note that these later editions may have deleted some artists; please check this guide or the library catalog for earlier editions in print.

Note: A general index for finding information about people in articles, books, and directories. Includes references to Afro-American Artists, Dictionary of Contemporary American Artists, Who Was Who in American Art, etc.

Dictionary of American Artists: 19th and 20th Century,

ed. Alice McGlauflin, 1930 (repr. 1982). Reprinted from Vol XXVI American Art Annual for the year 1929. Compiled mainly from art society membership lists.
Mugar Reference X N 6536 D55 1982

Dictionary of American Sculptors: “18th century to the present”,

ed. Glenn Opitz. Entries of basic information for over 5,000 sculptors. No references or bibliography. Over 200 photographs of representative works.
Mugar Reference X NB 236 O64 1984

Dictionary of Contemporary American Artists,

6th ed, by Paul Cummings. Painters, sculptors, printmakers. Entries include biographical information, exhibitions, collections, commissions, references. Note: later editions omit some artists from earlier editions .
Mugar Reference X N 6512 C854 1994
Mugar Reference X N 6536 C8 1971, 1977, 1982, 1988

Dictionary of Nineteenth Century American Artists in Italy, 1760-1914,

by Regina Soria. Brief biographies documenting Italian visit(s), significance, list of Italian-inspired works, and references. Also includes art patrons, art historians, poets, writers, and other persons such as diplomats. Introductory essay, “The Significant Experience of Italy in American Art.”
Mugar Reference X N 6917.5 R6 S67 1982

Index of Twentieth Century Artists, 1933-1937,

4 vols in 1, by College Art Association. Americans by birth or career. Biographical and bibliographical. Includes exhibition information and references to published reproductions. There are extensive bibliographies, including magazine citations, for some major artists.
Mugar Reference X N 6536 F33

Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers,

2nd rev enl updated, ed. Glenn Opitz. 12,000 names with biographical information including exhibitions, collections, education, awards, and birth and death dates. Entries do not include references. Extensive bibliography.
Mugar Reference X N 6536 F5 1986

New York Historical Society. Dictionary of Artists in America, 1564-1860,

ed. George Groce, 1957. Brief biographical information with references, exhibitions, locations and reproductions of works for approximately 11,000 artists.
Mugar Reference X N 40 F57

Who Was Who in American Art,

by Peter Falk. Artists active between 1898 and 1947. Basic information compiled from 34 volumes of American Art Annual and Who’s Who in America.
Mugar Reference X N 6512 F26 1985

Who’s Who in American Art,

biennial. Includes artists, collectors, scholars, arts administrators, historians, and critics. Geographical and professional indexes.
Mugar Reference X N 6536 F37

b. African American

Afro-American Artists: A Bio-Bibliographical Directory,

comp. and ed. Theresa Cederholm, 1973. Published by the Boston Public Library. Sculptors and painters of the 18th century to 1970’s. Entries include biographical data, works and years, exhibitions, collections, awards, and references. Separate bibliography of books, exhibition catalogues, magazines and newspapers.
Mugar Reference X N 6538 N5C42

African American Visual Artists: An Annotated Bibliography of Educational Resource Materials,

by Daniel Frye. Included are 739 selected resources for 1,174 artists organized by general resources, surveys, children’s books, artists, and artist groups and movements. There are source lists for art museums and galleries, audiovisual sources, book publishers, book stores, collections, historical and research centers, journals, and miscellaneous.
Mugar Reference X Z 5956 A47 F79 2001

Gumbo Ya Ya: Anthology of Contemporary African-American Women Artists,

ed. Sylvia Moore, intro. Leslie King-Hammond, forwd. Bell Hooks. Biobibliographical entries about and by 162 artists. Illustrated.
Mugar Reference X N 6538 N5 G85 1995

St. James Guide to Black Artists,

ed. Thomas Riggs. Published in association with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Lengthy entries include biographical information, exhibitions, collections, and publications by and about the artists. Illustrations. Over 300 of the artists are American. Nationality, medium, and illustration indexes.
Mugar Reference X N 40 S78 1997

c. Native American

Biographical Directory of Native American Painters,

by Patrick Lester. Over 3,000 artist entries consisting of biographical information, publications by and about, books illustrated, public collections, exhibitions, awards, and narrative or human interest paragraphs. Tribal index and extensive bibliography of books and catalogs. Includes all artists in American Indian Painters: A Biographical Dictionary, by Jeanne Snodgrass-King, 1968 (Mugar Reference X N 6536 K56 1968).
Mugar Reference X N 6536 L47 1995

Native American Painters of the Twentieth Century: The Works of 61 Artists,

by Robert Henkes. Biographical information secondary to discussion of artists’ work. Illustrated. Separate bibliography.
Mugar Reference X E 98 P23 H46 1995

St. James Guide to Native North American Artists,

ed. Roger Matuz. Biographical and career information, critical essays, and publications by and about the artists profiled.
Mugar Reference X E 98 S8 1998

d. Women

American Women Artists from Early Indian Times to the Present,

by Charlotte Rubinstein, 1982. Sculptors and painters. Excludes photographers, architects, and craftswomen. Comprehensive chronological survey. Illustrated. Appendices: Guggenheim Fellowships in Art Awarded to Women, 1925-1981; women elected to membership in the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; women exhibitors in Chicago World’s Fair 1933; women exhibitors in New York’s World Fair 1939; women in the National Academy of Design, 1825-1981.
Mugar Reference X N 6505 R8

American Women Artists, Past and Present: A Selected Bibliographic Guide,

2 vols (1984) and1989), by Eleanor Tufts. Unannotated citations to books and articles on approximately 1,200 artists. Vol. 2 adds artists and supplements entries of Vol. 1, but does not replace it. No biographical information except birth and death dates and medium.
Mugar Reference X Z 7963 A75 T84

Biographical Dictionary of Women Artists in Europe and America since 1850,

by Penny Dunford. Biographical summaries include impact of personal lives on artistic lives, exhibitions and awards, locations of examples of works, and references. Small number of artists with medium length descriptions. Includes some American artists not in other sources.
Mugar Reference X N 6757 1989

Contemporary American Women Sculptors,

by Virginia Watson-Jones. Entries for over 1,000 artists include biographical data, exhibitions, public collections, awards, up to five references, and artist statement. One illustration per artist. Geographic and media indexes.
Mugar Reference X NB 212 W37 1986

Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West,

by Phil Kovinick.
Mugar Reference X N 82145 U6 K68 1998

North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary,

ed. Jules Heller. About 1,500 American, Canadian, and Mexican women visual artists born before 1960. Lengthy entries include biographical and artistic summary, and bibliography by and about the artist. 100 illustrations.
Mugar Reference X N 6503 N67 1995

Women Artists in the United States: A Selective Bibliography and Resource Guide on the Fine and Decorative Arts, 1750-1986,

by Paula Chiarmonte. Covers decorative and applied arts, contemporary crafts, folk art, and performance art. Extensive number of annotated citations to primary and secondary sources. No biographical information. Part One: Critics, Organizations, Resources. Part Two: Literature of the Field. Author/Title and Artists Indexes grouped into general, folk, and minority categories: African American, Latina, Native American, and Asian American.
Mugar Reference X Z 7963 A75 W65 1990

Boston University Programs

Boston University American and New England Studies Program

Faculty, program, courses, resources.

Boston University Department of the History of Art and Architecture

Faculty, resources, grants, Art Gallery, events.

Boston University College of Fine Arts:Visual Arts

Studio training, drawing, painting, sculpture, graphics, design, and art education.

Catalogs of Art Collections

American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New York Historical Society,

3 vols, comp. Richard Koke, 1982. Alphabetical by artists. References and illustrations.
Mugar Reference X ND 1351.5 N49

American Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,

3 vols, ed. Kathleen Luhrs. Includes artists born by 1815 to artists born between 1846 and 1864.
Mugar Reference X ND 205 N373 1980

American Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,

1969. Text and plate volumes. Extensive references.
Mugar Reference X ND 205 F69

American Prints in the Library of Congress: A Catalog of the Collection,

by Karen Beall, 1970. Geographical and name (biblical, corporate, etc.) indexes.
Mugar Reference X NE 505 F70

Descriptive Catalogue of Painting and Sculpture in the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C..

Includes index of New Deal Works. Images of part of the collection can be viewed on the Web.
Mugar Reference X N 857 A5 1983M

Directories and Guides

American Art Directory,

biennial. Comprehensive coverage of art organizations, art schools, major museums and art schools abroad, state arts councils, art education, art magazines, newspaper art editors and critics, scholarships and fellowships, open exhibitions, and traveling exhibition booking agencies. Subject, personnel, and organizational indexes.
Mugar Reference X N 9 E99

American Artists: Signatures and Monograms, 1800-1989,

by John Castagno. Includes Canadian and Latin American artists. Some references and auction records.
Mugar Reference X N 45 C37 1990

American Artists’ Materials Suppliers Directory: Nineteenth Century: New York, 1810-1899; Boston, 1823-1887, and Vol. II: Guide to Stretchers, Panels, Millboards, and Stencil Marks,

by Alexander Katlan.
Mugar Reference X HD 9791 U52 K37 1987

Art in America Guide to Galleries, Museums, Artists,

annual August issue.
Mugar Stacks N 1 F13

Classified Directory of Artists’ Signatures, Symbols, and Monograms: American Artists with New U.K. Additions,

by H. Kaplan.
Mugar Reference X N 45 C36 1987

Dictionary of Signatures and Monograms of American Artists,

by Peter Falk.
Mugar Reference X N 45 F35 1988

Guide to Public Art in Greater Boston from Newburyport to Plymouth,

rev ed, by Marty Carlock. Includes “Arts on the [MBTA] Line.”
Mugar Reference X N 8845 B67 C37 1993

Official Museum Directory,

by American Association of Museums. Annual. United States and Canada.
Mugar Reference X AM 10 A204

Exhibition Indexes

Archives of American Art. Collection of Exhibition Catalogs,

1979. Published in America from the early 19th century to the 1960’s.
Mugar Reference X Z 5939 A73

Art Institute of Chicago: Annual Exhibition Record, 1888-1950,

ed. Peter Falk. Arranged by artist. Painting, sculpture, watercolors. Place and last name index.
Mugar Reference X N 6510 F34 1990

Boston Art Club: Exhibition Record, 1873-1909,

ed. Janice Chadbourne. Arranged by artist. History of the club. List of exhibition catalogs. Mainly Boston-based artists.
Mugar Reference X N 6510 B745 1991

Boston Athenaeum Art Exhibition Index, 1827-1874,

by Robert Perkins. American and European artists.
Mugar Reference X N 7525 P 472

Corcoran Gallery of Art. Biennial Exhibition Record, 1907-1967,

by Peter Falk.
Mugar Reference X N 6510 B5 1991

Index of American Print Exhibitions, 1882-1940,

by Raymond Wilson. Arranged by exhibition sponsors: New York Etching Club, Chicago Society of Etchers, California Society of Etchers, Printmakers Society of Califoria, Brooklyn Society of Etchers, Fine Prints of the Year, Fifty Prints of the Year, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, Victoria and Albert Museum, and New York World’s Fair. Index of artists.
Mugar Reference X NE 507 W55 1988

Index of American Watercolor Exhibitions, 1900-1945,

by Raymond Wilson. Arranged by exhibition sponsors: American Watercolor Society, Brooklyn Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Art Association, Oakland Art Gallery, and California Water Color Society. Index of artists.
Mugar Reference X ND 1808 W56 1994

National Academy of Design Exhibition Record, 1861-1900,

Maria Naylor, 1973. Arranged by artist.
Mugar Reference X N 6510 N38

National Academy of Design. Annual Exhibition Record, 1901-1950,

by Peter Falk. Arranged by artist. Place and last name index.
Mugar Reference X N 6512 A67 1990

National Museum of American Art’s Index to American Art Exhibition Catalogues from the beginning through the 1876 Centennial Year,

6 vols, by James Yarnell. Arranged by artist. Excludes auction sales catalogs and exhibition catalogs previously indexed elsewhere. Subject and exhibition title by location indexes. See online: Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index (AECI), Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Mugar Reference X N 6507 Y363 1986

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Annual Exhibition Record, 1807-1968,

3 vols, by Peter Falk. Arranged by artist. Owner and word indexes.
Mugar Reference X N 6505 A64 1988

Salons of America, 1922-1936,

by Clark Marlor. Arranged by artist.
Mugar Reference X N 6312 M32 1991

Society of Independent Artists: the Exhibition Record, 1917-1944,

by Clark Marlor. Arranged by artist.
Mugar Reference X N 6512 M326 1984

Whitney Museum of American Art. Annual and Biennial Exhibition Record, 1918-1989,

by Peter Falk. Arranged by artist. Place and last name index. A chronological list of exhibitions held between 1931 and 1995 can be found on the Web.
Mugar Reference X N 6512 A62 1991

Library Catalogs

Catalog of the Library of the Whitney Museum of American Art,

2 vols, 1979 and on the Web.
Mugar Reference X Z 5939 W5M

Card Catalog of the Manuscript Collections of the Archives of American Art,

10 vols, 1981 and Supplement 1981-1985. Over 3,000,000 primary and secondary research items, including personal correspondence and taped interviews. Microfilmed. Unrestricted copies are available at the Fine Arts Department, Boston Public Library. See also: Card catalog of the Oral History collections of the Archives of American Art (Mugar Reference X N 6536 A73 1984) . The catalogs also are searchable on the Web.
Mugar Reference X Z 6611 A7 A72


Boston Athenaeum

Boston, MA. Library and museum with American and European collections. Also strong in Boston history.

Brigham Young Museum of Art

Provo, UT. 150 Years of American Painting is an exhibition of 73 paintings from the permanent collection representing 56 artists from the late l8th century until World War II. May be viewed chronologically or by artist or title. Click on Past Exhibits.

Butler Institute of American Art

Youngstown, OH. Permanent collection representing over 150 American artists. Text from Master paintings from the Butler Institute of American Art, ed. Irene S. Sweetkind, 1994 (Mugar ND205 .B83 1994).

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco,

San Francisco, CA. Collections of American paintings, crafts and sculpture.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston: American Collections

National Museum of American Art

Washington, DC. Painting, sculpture, graphics, folk art, and photography. 18th century to present. Includes the Renwick Gallery of American design, crafts, and decorative arts. Several other Smithsonian Museums have American art in their collections.  Browse the Collection by artist or category, e.g., sculpture. Researching Your Art.

National Portrait Gallery

Washington, DC. Portraits of distinguished Americans. Paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs, and caricatures.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Philadelphia, PA. Art school and museum . Collections of 19th and 20th century art.

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York, NY. Contemporary American art.

Winterthur Collections

Print Resources and Subscription Databases:


Art & Architecture: Oxford Reference Online

Note: BU; ed. Jane Turner. Essays on art in the United States and selected American cities. For various aspects of American art, see “United States of America.” Bibliographies follow articles. Provides access to The Bridgeman Art Gallery, a database of art images and links to external images on the Web. Also available in print at Mugar Reference X N 31 D5 1996
Dictionary of American Art,

by Matthew Baigell, 1979. Biographical entries and short essays on various topics, e.g., Armory Show, The Eight, White Mountain School. Mugar Reference X N 6505 B34 1979


African-American Art,

by Sharon Patton. From the colonial period to 1993. Bibliographical essay and timeline. Mugar N 6538 N5 P38 1998

American Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Decorative Arts, Photography,

by Milton Brown, 1979. From the colonial period through early 1970’s. Mugar Reference X N 6505 H6186M


American Printmakers, 1880-1945: An Index to Reproductions and Biocritical Information,

by Lynn Williams.
Mugar Reference X NE 507 W53 1993

American Printmakers, 1946-1996 : An Index to Reproductions and Biocritical Information,

by Betty Bryce.
Mugar Reference X NE 508 B76 1999

Black Artist In America: An Index to Reproductions,

by Dennis Thomison. From the colonial period to the present. Arranged by artist. Books, periodicals, and exhibition catalogs through 1990. Color illustrations noted.
Mugar Reference X N 6538 N5 T46 1991

Index to Reproductions of American Paintings,

by Isabel Munro, 1948, Supplement, 1964. References 500 books and 300 exhibition catalogs. Index to artists, titles of works, and broad subjects.
Mugar Reference X ND 205 F48

Index to Reproductions of American Paintings Appearing in over 400 Books Published Since 1960,

by Lyn Smith, 1977. Updates Munro’s 1964 index above.
Mugar Reference X ND 205 S575

Selected Specialized Sites

“African-American cultural collections and museums: archiving and preserving Black history,” Karla Y. Davis

College & Research Libraries News, December 2008, 695-698. Public libraries, universities, museums, and cultural organizations.

American Cultural History: the 19th Century

Kingwood College Library, TX. Decade-by-decade snapshots of American life.

American Cultural History: the 20th Century

Kingwood College Library, TX. Decade-by-decade snapshots of American life.

American Memory: Photographs, Prints, & Drawings

Historical Collections for the National Digital Library, Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Collections include: Civil War Photographs, 1861-1865; Daguerreotypes, 1839-1864; Detroit Publishing Company’s Turn-of-the-Century Photographs, 1880-1920; Great Depression to World War II Photographs from the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection, 1935-1945; and Panoramic Photographs, ca. 1851-1991.

Basic information for 35,000 North American artists. Individual subscriptions required for full documentation.

Note: BU

Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture

Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin at Madison. Documents, images, and resources such as associations and museums. Not limited to Wisconsin.

Heard Museum: Native Cultures and Art

Margaret Archuleta, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ. Focus on painting and sculpture since 1900, mainly from the Southwest.

Museum Studies & Arts Management

Vassar College Art Library. Comprehensive list of sites grouped under Arts Management Resources; Ethics, Laws, and Mandates; Bibliographic Resources; Professional Education Programs; Museum Documentation; Grant Resources; Art Market; Museum Discussion Lists. Also links to Arts Organizations and Arts Employment. International with many American sites.

NEA Arts Magazine.
National Endowment for the Arts.

New Deal for the Arts

“During the depths of the Great Depression of the 1930s and into the early years of World War II, the Federal government supported the arts in unprecedented ways. For 11 years, between 1933 and 1943, federal tax dollars employed artists, musicians, actors, writers, photographers, and dancers. Never before or since has our government so extensively sponsored the arts.” Online exhibit. National Archives and Records Administration.

SIRIS: Smithsonian Institution Research Information System

Washington, DC. Searchable archives catalogs:
Archives of American Art: papers of artists and professionals in the art field; galleries; museums; oral history interviews.
Archives of American Gardens: history of landscape architecture and gardening, records of photographs.

Art Inventories

American paintings before 1914;sculpture through the 20th century.


Ruth Thomas


Mugar Memorial Library