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  • AATA Online
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    Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts includes abstracts of over 100,000 articles from about 400 journals as well as book chapters, conference proceedings, and reports on the analysis, examination, excavation, preservation, and restoration of artifacts and monuments; site information.
  • Aluka
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    A digital library containing scholarly resources from and about Africa. The USC Libraries is among the contributors of materials in this database from one of our archival collections relating to the former Portuguese colonies of Mozambique and Angola.
  • Art and Architecture Archive
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    Art and Architecture Archive is a major research resource comprising the digitized backfiles of many of the foremost art and architecture magazines of the twentieth century. Each journal/magazine issue is scanned from cover to cover in high resolution color and has a fully searchable text.
  • Virtual Catalogue for Art History
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    This international catalogue allows searching of the online catalogs of more than 36 international art libraries, including both academic andmuseum libraries, from Germany to the UK to Australia to the US.Catalogs may be searched separately or all together. As of October 2010 there are over 12 million records, including a high percentage of records for articles in periodicals, conference papers, festschriften,exhibition catalogues, etc., and an increasing percentage of records for archival and photographic materials as well as for online resources. Thesite is hosted by the University Library of Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • ARTstor
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    Provides access to over a million high quality images of art and photography, with descriptions and provenance. Also includes images in the fields of anthropology and architecture.
  • Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and Répertoire international de la littérature de l'art (RILA)
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    BHA is the most comprehensive art history bibliography available worldwide, covering European and American art and material culture from late antiquity (4th century A.D.) to the present. It indexes and abstracts art-related books, bibliographies, conference proceedings, dissertations, corpora, festschriften, exhibition and dealers' catalogues, and articles from more than 2,500 periodicals. Abstracts are in English or French.
  • CAMIO: Catalog for Art Images Online
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    A premier resource of high-quality art images from around the world contributed and described by leading museums, all rights-cleared for educational use. Every work in CAMIO is represented by at least one high-resolution image and a description. Many have additional views of the work, sound, video and curatorial notes. CAMIO art images span the following categories:
    • Photographs
    • Prints
    • Sculptures
    • Paintings
    • Decorative arts
    • Posters
    • Costumes
    • Utilitarian objects
    • Jewelry
  • Collecting and Provenance Research, Getty Research Institute
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    The Getty Research Institute is one of the richest resources for the study of provenance and the history of western European art collecting. Holdings include an extensive collection of dealer and auction catalogs, primary source material, etc. The Getty produces and maintains databases which index transcriptions of material from auction catalogs and archival inventories of European art works. Includes several Research Guides and Bibliographies. Nearly one million records cover art from the late 16th to the early 20th century. The databases are: Getty Provenance Index, Collectors' Files, Payments to Artists
  • Digital Scriptorium
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    The DS is a growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscriptions from a variety of U.S. institutions (Huntington Library, Jewish Theological Seminary, Grolier Club, UC Berkeley, etc.). The images include extensive catalogue data. It is useful for art historians, musicologists, classicists, medievalists, diplomatists, and paleographers. Hosted by Columbia University.
  • Early Photography of Japan
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    A collection of photographs of late 19th to early 20th centuries Japan from the E. G. Stillman Japanese Collection held by Widener Library and the Fine Arts Library at Harvard University. The collection contains hand-colored souvenir photograph albums by the early Japanese and European photographers and black-and-white snapshots of Japan probably taken by the collector in 1905. Also included is an online version of the 10-volume imperial edition of/Japan: Described and Illustrated by the Japanese/, published by J. B. Millet Company of Boston in 1897-1898.
  • Ernst Herzfeld Archive
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    Ernst Herzfeld (1879-1948) was an important scholar in the field of Iranian studies. This collection documents his archaeological activities in the Near East, including Persepolis, Samarra, and Aleppo. Content includes correspondence, field notebooks, object inventories, etc.From the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Europeana Virtual Library
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    World War I, Hildegard of Bingen, Art Nouveau, and the Euro are all covered in the multilingual Europeana archive. This prodigious site includes over 15 million digital items culled from about 1,500 institutions throughout Europe, including the National Archives of Finland, the Germanisches National Museum, the British Library, and the Slovak National Gallery. Content includes images, videos, and film clips both individually and in curated online exhibitions
  • Haltadefinizione
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    A commercial site that contains a small collection of extremely high-resolution images of Italian Renaissance and 19th century paintings. Included are Leonardo's /Last Supper/, Botticelli's /Primavera/, and others. Unfortunately, they are watermarked, but by manipulating the cursor you can see the detail you want.Register to see the highest resolution images.
  • International Bibliography of Art (IBA)
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    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.
  • Luso-Hispanic New World in Early Prints and Photographs
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    Collection of 600 hundred photographs and print images in books and albums, from the 19th to the early 20th centuries, associated with the former New World colonies of Spain and Portugal. Subject terms cover the lands, exploration, architectural heritage, peoples and cultures of Mexico, Central America, South America and the islands of the Caribbean. Searchable and browsable, with a list of the works containing the images.
  • Projekt DYABOLA
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    DYABOLA provides access to subject catalogs of publications on the history of art and the ancient world. The most important is the Realkatalog des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Rom, the most comprehensive database for classical archaeology, dating back to 1956. Indexes books, festschrift, journals, and collected works on antiquities, art, and archaeology in the Mediterranean world from antiquity through the early Medieval period.
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  • TermDoc: Online Dictionaries About Cultural Heritage
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    Search multilingual dictionaries to translate cultural heritage terms. Definitions are not included. Covers French, German, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, and Dutch.
  • USC Digital Library
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    The USC Digital Library (USCDL) is the digital repository for original research materials which have been selected for archiving by the Libraries. Content made available by the USCDL facilitates new and creative opportunities for scholarship and teaching by providing enhanced access to materials which feature and highlight the Libraries' holdings or from non-Library held collections identified in collaboration with members of the USC academic community. Accordingly, the USCDL provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats. These may include, but are not limited to USC theses and dissertations; photographs; rare books, or portions thereof; manuscripts; source documents; sound recordings; moving images; data sets; 'born digital' documents; and digital representations of physical objects. USCDL content can be licensed or sub-licensed to parties outside of USC.
  • Vincent van Gogh's letters (digital edition)
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    The edition, based on fifteen years of research, was edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten and Nienke Bakker of the Van Gogh Museum, in association with the Huygens Institute. For each of the 902 letters the edition gives a transcription of the original Dutch or French text, a translation into English, a full(zoomable) facsimile, comprehensive annotation, and illustrations (about2000 in all) of the works of art discussed in the letters.
  • Vogue Archive
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    A complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month. Every article, cover, photo shoot, illustration and advertisement has been digitized to the highest standard, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by designer and brand names.