DMA Staff: Contact the Librarian regarding access to full-text research databases and indexes.
Databases marked with an * are limited to on-site or DMA staff access.
Precise, full-featured searching of WorldCat. Includes access to a variety of OCLC databases including ArticleFirst, WorldCat Dissertations and Ebooks.WorldCat
: Search library collections across the world.
Local libraries with art resources:
*Grove Art Online
: aka The Dictionary of Art. Standard resource for artists, patrons, movements, places, and periods, including bibliographies and images. Artists' Biographies Research Guide
: Biographical resource suggestions provided by the Getty Research Institute.
Art History Research Net Guide No.1
: Resource list of websites containing biographical information on designers, architects, craftspeople, painters, sculptors, and other creators.
Getty Union List of Artists Names
(ULAN): An evolving vocabulary provided by the Getty Research Institute used to identify an artist's name (and variances of his or her name), nationality, role, and related people.
Native American Artist Resource Collection Online
: Contains selected biographical information for nearly 25,000 Native American artists. More information is provided for artists affiliated with the Heard Museum through exhibitions or programs. See their About section for more info.Women Artist Index
: Biographical information on 20th-century women artists in the Archive of Women Artists Research & Exhibitions.
Art Research - General
*Oxford Companion to Western Art
: Comprehensive overview of artists, movements, patronage, theory, and scientific research on materials and techniques within the scope of Western Art.
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
: Essays on various topics ranging from Andean textiles to American women sculptors and a timeline to explore art and culture by time period or location. Based on object in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
IFAR Catalogues Raisonnés Database
: Identify published catalogue raisonnés and catalogues in preparataion. Catalogue raisonnés are used for study of an artist's oeuvre and for researching the provenance and attribution of artworks.
Art Research - By Subject
Arts and Life in Africa
: Encyclopedic essays and extensive bibliography regarding African arts and culture. The project is hosted by the University of Iowa Stanley Museum.
American Watercolors - Research Resources from the Philadelphia Museum of Art
: A subject guide from the Philadelphia Museum of Art Library with biblographies, a chronology of the American watercolor movement, online resources, and catalogues of the American Watercolor Society, New York Water Color Society, New York Water Color Club, Philadelphia Water Color Club, Pennsylvania Society of Minature Painters, Boston Water Color Society, and Boston Water Color Club.
Archives of American Art
: A repository of letters, scrapbooks, financial records, oral histories and other primary sources focused on the past 200 years of American art. Many collections are online.
Colonial Virginia Portraits
: An interactive database of portraits with a documented history in Virginia or featuring colonial Virginian subjects before circa 1776. Includes a bibliography.
Ancient America and Native North American Art
: Photographs, publications, and links to other online resources regarding ancient Mexican and Central American cultures with an emphasis on the Maya.
Visual Resources Catalog of Native American Artistis (VIRCONA)
: A database of Native North American artists represented in the slide collection of University of New Mexico's Bunting Visual Resources Library. Includes biographical information and a thumbnail illustration for each artwork by a named Native American artist practicing in both traditional and contemporary modes.
Asia Art Archive
: Digital archive repository for Asia Art Archive's projects with various artists, instutions, and art spaces.
Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Asian Art
: Archive of nearly 300,000 original slides and photographys of art and architecture throughout Asia with a major focus on Buddhism. Online exhibitions, educational resources, and links to other institutions are included.
Decorative Arts and Design
Art Jewelry Forum
: Interviews with artists and articles about contemporary art jewelry.
Fashion and Race Database
: Platform that works to, "...center and amplify BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) fashion scholarship..." and is an extension of the work done by Kinberly M. Jenkins and Rikki Byrd through the Fashion and Race Syllabus. This project is ongoing, so new content will be added to the database periodically.
Fashion History Timeline
: Open access resource with a focus on the history of Western fashion and dress. Includes a fashion dictionary, decade and century overview pages, designer profiles, and a source database to help researchers without a strong fashion background. They are hoping to expand to non-Western fashion soon.
Bauhaus: Building the New Artist
: Produced in conjunction with the Getty's exhibition, Bauhaus Beginnings
. This online exhibition provides an overview of Bauhaus history, teachers and curriculum.
: An in-progress initiative to digitize the private book collection of Count Leopold Cicognara (1767–1834), which includes foundational works in art and archaeology from the 15th to 19th centuries.
: The digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
: A digital humanities project hosted by the Aga Khan Documentation Center (MIT Libraries) brings together a collection of archives, online publications, drawings and photographs, and a timeline focused on art, architecture, and urbanism of Muslim societies.
Discover Islamic Art
: Database of objects and monuments from the Discover Islamic Art virtual museum and the Explore Islamic Art Collections project.
: Union catalogue of manuscripts from the Islamicate world.
Latin American Art
Documents of Latin American and Latino Art
: A digital archive and publications project of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Documents focus primarily on 20th-century Latin American art and artists from Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Latino USA.
Handbook of Latin American Studies
: A database from the Library of Congress that provides scholarly assessment of publications related to Latin America from the 1930s to the present.
Modern and Contemporary Art
: Articles, videos, and other educational resources on contemporary artists.
Handbook of Texas
: Encyclopedia for Texas history. Includes entries on artists and art institutions.
Portal to Texas History
: Rare, historical, and primary source material from or about Texas. Includes access to digitized catalogs and installation images from the DMA Exhibition Records collection
Texas Talks Art
: A weekly series in 2021 that pairs a Texas-based artist or artist collective with a Texas-based curator to discuss their current work and practice. View past talks and register for upcoming talks.
Works on Paper
*The Illustrated Bartsch
: Encyclopedic compilation of European printmakers from the Renaissance to the mid-1800s. The first 96 volumes are digitized and available through ArtStor.
: Published by the Society of Antiquarians of London, the first 3 volumes are digitized and focus on 18th century engravings.
Auction Sales Results
: Browse by gallery, auction house, and artist. Contains biographical information.
: Contains biographical information.
: Browse by gallery, auction house, and artist.
: Contains biographical information.
Digital Books, Newspapers, and Journals
: Database from the Library of Congress featuring digitized American newspapers (1789–1963). Also includes the US Newspaper Directory which covers American newspapers published from 1690 to the present.
: Repository for digitized materials from European galleries, libraries, archives, and museums.
Frick Digital Collections
: Images, archival documentation, and books from the Photoarchive, Frick Art Reference Library, and Archives.
: Digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Getty Research Portal
: Art history publications, rare books, and related literature from institutions worldwide.
: Collaborative repository of materials from research institutions around the world.
: Digital library with free access to books, video, audio, websites, images and software. Register for a free account to access and borrow various exhibition catalogs and art titles in the Open Library
: Digitized issues of major 20th-century architecture magazines. Includes biographical information of major architects.
: An authoritative, extensive image database with helpful tools to help you organize images and use them for papers and presentations.
: Images from major French public and private museum collections.
: International Consortium of Art Images: Photo archive collections from 14 European and North American art historical institutions.
Getty Provenance Index
: Archival inventories from private collections in France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain from 1520 to 1880; sales catalogs covering auction and dealer sales in Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia from 1650 to 1945; and stock books for Goupil & Cie (later Boussod, Valadon & Cie) in Paris from 1846 to 1919 and M. Knoedler & Co. in New York from 1872 to 1970.
IFAR Provenance Guide
: Guide on conducting provenance research and links to important archives, databases, and other online resources.
Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal Project
: Registry provided by the American Alliance of Museums featuring almost 30,000 objects in US museums that changed hands in continental Europe during the Nazi era (1933–1945).
Wildenstein Plattner Institute - Digital Archives
: Primary sources and research materials compiled by the Wildenstein Institute for the writing of catalogues raisonnés on major French artists of the 18th and early 20th centuries. Digitized materials include scholarly papers, correspondence, and research notes, as well as dossiers on works of art, unique stock books of 19th and early 20th century art European dealers, thousands of international annotated sales and exhibition catalogues, and photographs of works of art. Access to more Wildenstein Plattner Institute collection are forthcoming.
Writing and Style Guides