Art & Archaeology

Core Resources

Oxford Art Online

Gateway to several important art historical reference tools, most notably, the Grove Dictionary of Art (Grove Art Online) and Benezit Dictionary of Artists (2006 English ed.). Also includes The Oxford Companion to Western Art (2001), The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2001), The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (1998), a database of images and more.


Digital library of more than one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.

Art Discovery Group Catalogue

A sub-set of OCLC’s WorldCat that includes major art libraries in Australia, Europe, and North America. In addition to book and print journal content, also includes online journals and databases, with the aim being a global search for art content.

Oxford Bibliographies: Art History

Annotated bibliographies by topic to important and recent scholarship in art and architectural history.

Art Index Indexing 1929+, Select Full Text 1997+

Indexes and abstracts articles and reproductions of works of art from periodicals published throughout the world on all areas in the arts.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals 1930s+

Indexes journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation.

International Bibliography of Art 1973+

Currently includes some indexing created by the Getty Research Institute (from the Bibliography of the History of Art, the former definitive scholarly resource--books and journals--for western art history). Indexing will continue in the coming months and may expand to include art from Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Bibliography of the History of Art 1975-2007

Indexes and abstracts articles, books, conference proceedings, dissertations, and art exhibition and dealer's catalogs, covering European and American art from late antiquity to the present. Includes coverage for 1990-2007, as well as its predecessor index, RILA (International Repertory of the Literature of the Art), 1975-89. See also History of Art Bibliography.

History of Art Bibliography 1972-2007

Open access to all references from the Bibliography of the History of Art / Bibliographie d’Histoire de l’Art (or, BHA), and its predecessor Répertoire d’Art et d’Archéologie (or, RAA). Also includes indexing to the print volumes of RAA for 1910-72, which are available in Marquand Library, 1910-89, at Z5937.R4.  See also Bibliography of the History of Art.

ARTbibliographies Modern 1974+

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.

Design and Applied Arts Index 1973+

Indexing for over 500 design and decorative arts journals and newspapers, covering all aspects of design from the mid-19th century to the present. See designinform for retrospective version, Design Abstracts Retrospective, covering titles back to c.1900.

Art and Architecture Archive

Archive of magazines comprising key research material in the fields of art & architecture, dating from the late-19th century to the 21st. Subjects covered include fine art, decorative arts, architecture, interior design, industrial design, and photography. The magazines are scanned from cover-to-cover and presented as full-color page images. Includes American Craft, ApertureApolloArchitects' JournalArchitectural Review, Art Monthly, British Journal of Photography, C, Craft Horizons, Eye: the International Review of Graphic DesignGraphisOrnamentPrintSculptors InternationalSculpture,  Southwest Art and more. Coverage dates vary by title.


An important design-related resource containing 3 separate databases: Design Abstracts Retrospective (see Design and Applied Arts Index), Design ProFiles (information on artists, designers, firms, etc.), and ReVIEW (digitized versions of international art and design journals from 1870s-1920s). Free research guides also available.

Supplementary Resources

AATA Online Abstracts of International Conservation Literature

Abstracts from books, reports, conference proceedings, dissertations, and more, on the conservation and preservation of works of art, material culture and archaeological and architectural sites. Includes all volumes of AATA and its predecessor, IIC Abstracts.

Allgemeines Kunstlerlexikon

An important biographical resource, the online version includes all articles published to date, along with access to the predecessors of the AKL, Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Kunstler von der Antike bis Zur Gegenwart (Thieme-Becker) and for the 20th century, Vollmer. Also includes the AKL's Bio-Bibliographical Index (A-Z), and the Kunstlerlexikon der Antike.

AP Images

The Associated Press' photography archive, along with historical images dating back to the 1800s. Also includes audio, graphics and text.

Apabi Tupianku (image) database

Chinese images in the categories of Chinese art, calligraphy, folk art, red (i.e. socialist) art, unearthed objects, old photographs, ancient design, modern graphic design, historical costumes, rare book illustrations, classical painting manuals, typography, and pattern design.

Art Sales Catalogues online

Images of complete historical art sales catalogues. Lugt's Repertoire online is the \entrance gate\ to the images of the catalogues, and lists more than 100,000 art sales catalogues from libraries in Europe and the USA.


Provides access to art auction sales databases, one for Fine Art and Design, and one for Decorative Art and Antiques. Search options include artist (for the former), medium or object type, and auction house or gallery. Art market performance reports may be available to PU affiliates by e-mailing and noting the desired artist.

Berg Fashion Library

Interdisciplinary resource containing most notably the full content--with continuous updates--of the ten-volume Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (Oxford Univ. Press, 2010). Also includes many Berg e-books on fashion and other full-text reference titles, images from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute (the latter forthcoming), and links to a host of fashion-related content such as timelines, a directory of relevant dress collections, and journal articles.

Bibliografia Mesoamericana

Comprehensive and continually updated bibliographic dataset of the published literature pertaining to the anthropology of Mesoamerica. Content includes archaeology, ethnography, ethnohistory, art history, linguistics, physical anthropology, and other related disciplines. This resource is jointly supervised by John Weeks of the Museum Library of the University of Pennsylvania and Sandra Noble of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI).

Blouin Art Sales Index

Offers access to several million art auction records (sold works only) from 1922 to the present, and from sales held in North America, Europe, India and China. Also includes market data for key artists.

Bridgeman Education Database

From the producers of the Bridgeman Art Library for the commercial market, this image database contains more than 300,000 objects and covers all media, including photography, fine art, engravings, sculpture, architecture, archaeology, ethnography, history, science & medicine, decorative arts and artifacts.

CAA Reviews

Substantial and scholarly book reviews of new art monographs and exhibitions. Published by the College Art Association, the professional organization for art historians, artists, students and museum professionals. Reviews are searchable and can be browsed by subject.

Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA)

Policy-relevant data on the arts and cultural policy in the United States. Data is migrating to NADAC.


Searches the subject catalogs of the German Archaeological Institute in Rome, the Bibliography of Iberian Archaeology from the German Archaeological Institute in Madrid, and the Archaeology of Roman Provinces from RGK Frankfurt.

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)

Streaming access to full-length works by over forty premier video artists. Electronic Arts Intermix is a not-for-profit video art archive founded in 1971. Princeton has worked closely with EAI in the development of this new educational service. To request the addition of other artists or works from the full EAI catalog, contact Marquand Librarian, Sandra Brooke.

Getty Provenance Index Database

Contains 3 separate databases for provenance research: archival documents from 1550-1840, auction catalogs from 1650-1840, and public art collections from 1500-1990.

Gordon's Photography Price Annual

Over 180,000 international auction and dealer sales for photographs of all styles and periods. Entries encompass 19th, 20th, and 21st century photographs as well as books and periodicals with original photographs.

Gordon's Print Price Annual

Over 780,000 international auction results, covering prints, posters and books.

IFAR Art Law & Cultural Property

Consists of 2 parts: International Cultural Property/Ownership & Export Legislation relating to works of art (ICPOEL), and (mostly) U.S. case law organized into broad topics like “World War II-Era,” and “Art Fraud”. The International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) is a not-for-profit educational and research organization established in 1969.

Index of Christian Art

Archive of medieval art, recording works of art produced without geographical limitations from early apostolic times up to A.D. 1400.

Index to 19th-Century American Art Periodicals

Index to art periodicals published in the United States during the 19th century. Indexes the entire contents of each journal, including advertisements and illustrations.


A union catalog to the holdings of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, Max-Planck-Institut; the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich; the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte / Centre allemand d'histoire de l'art in Paris; and, the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte in Rome. Includes references to articles in scholarly periodicals, conference papers, exhibition catalogues, and more.

Les Ecrits sur l'art

Texts of art criticism by notable French and other artists and writers, specifically focused on salons and important literary works written from 1741 to 1927. This important primary resource includes works of aesthetics, philosophy and art history by such individuals as Apollinaire, Balzac, Baudelaire, Chateaubriand, Delacroix, Diderot, Dumas, Falconet, Gauguin, Mallarme, de Maupassant, Michelet, Proust, Rodin, Sand, Stendhal, Viollet-le-Duc, Winckelmann, and Zola.

National Palace Museum Collections Online

Photo images of objects held at the National Palace Museum, Taipei.

National Palace Museums Periodicals Online

Full-texts of all issues of 3 Chinese Taipei NPM periodicals.

Online Egyptological Bibliography

Bibliographic database of academic literature on ancient Egypt.

Periodicals Archive Online

Index to millions of articles published in 4,547 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences. Includes the collections, British Periodicals and Periodicals Archive Online I-V, which provide searchable full-text and page images of hundreds of periodicals, primarily from the 19th century.

Bibliography of works on rare books available for consultation. Comprises over 600,000 pages of key out-of-print bibliographies that can be browsed online.

SCIPIO: Art and Rare Books Sales Catalogs

Describes art auction and rare book catalogs for sales from the late sixteenth century to scheduled auctions, not yet held. Records include the dates and places of sales, the auction houses, sellers, institutional holdings, and titles of works.

Vogue Archive

Includes in full color every issue of American Vogue--including covers, images, advertisements and fold-outs--up to the present (with a time delay of a few months). For the latest issues online and in print, see the Library journal page. Offers unique search limits to reveal types of content, text or image-based, including lists of fashion items and company/brands associated with specific images.

Subject Librarian(s)

Sandra Brooke

Librarian, Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology
Marquand Library

Rebecca Friedman

Asst.Librn.,Marquand Lib.
Marquand Library