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Guide to Research in History of Art & Architecture

Selected resources for basic or in-depth research in the history of western art, architecture, and visual culture.

New Research Tools

SmARThistory is a free, not-for-profit, multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement for the traditional art history textbook. An outgrowth of a blog featuring free audio guides in the form of podcasts for use in The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art created in 2005 by Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, it now includes video, images, text, timelines, and other Web 2.0 possibilities for the open collaboration in study of art history.

Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums

Visit the Harvard Art Museums!

Opening Celebration: Corita Kent and the Language of Pop  

Special Event September 3, 2015

M. Victor Leventritt Panel Discussion

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA




Fine Arts Library

Founded in 1895 as a part of the Fogg Art Museum, the Fine Arts Library is among the leading libraries in the world for the study of art, architecture, and visual culture from antiquity to the present. Our collections include extensive textual and visual documentation about individual paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts; the history of collecting and aesthetics; art museums; and art conservation.  In addition to outstanding collections of books, periodicals, exhibition catalogs, pamphlets, and auction catalogs, the Library’s special collections contain over two million photographs, prints, postcards, albums, film stills, posters, rubbings, and drawings.

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Getting Started

Search for books, multimedia, and websites:

Use HOLLIS+ or HOLLIS Classic to search for books, journals, images, and other media in Harvard Libraries.
Use WorldCat and to search for books and other publications in national and international libraries beyond Harvard.

Search for journal articles, dissertations, conference proceedings, essays, and chapters in multi-author publications:

Use Art FullText, Art Index Retrospective, Bibliography of the History of Art, International Bibliography of Art, and ArtBibliographies Modern

Search for background, context, and general bibliography:

Use Grove Art Online and Oxford Art Online

Research Assistance

Mary Clare Altenhofen
Research Liaison for History of Art + Architecture

Fine Arts Library / Littauer Center


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