American Art Research Guide

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Cummings. Dictionary of Contemporary American Artists. 1994. HumRef N 6512 .C854 1994

Dawdy. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. 1974. 3 vols. HumRef N 6536 .D38

Falk. Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America. 3 vols. 1999.
HumRef N 6512 .F26 1999

Groce. The New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America, 1564-1860. 1957.
HumRef N 6536 .N4

Krantz. American Artists: An Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporary Americans.1985. HumRef N 6512 .A578 1985

Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers. 1986.
HumRef N 6536.F5 1986

Samuel's Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West. 1985. HumRef N 8214.5.U6S25x 1985

Soria. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century American Artists in Italy, 1760-1914. HumRef N 6917.5 .R6 S67 1982


Igoe. 250 Years of Afro-American Art: An Annotated Bibliography. 1981. HumRef N 6538 .N5 X63

Kalfatovic. New Deal Fine Arts Projects: A Bibliography, 1933-1992. 1994. N 8837 .K35x 1994
Chronology, appendices on who's who, and exhibitions 1934-1990.

Karpel. Arts in America: A Bibliography. 1978. 4 vols. HumRef NX 503.A1X58
Published by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Comprehensive guide to the American arts, including dance, design, film, graphic arts, music, and theater.

Schimmelmann. American Imprints on Art Through 1865: Books and Pamphlets on Drawings, Painting, Sculpture, Aesthetics, Art Crtiicism, and Instruction: an Annotated Bibliography. 1990. HumRef N 6505 .X1 S36 1990
Provides information on publications available to American artists and viewing public.

Whitehill and Garrett. Arts in Early American History: Needs and Opportunities for Study. 1965.
N 6505 .W43x
Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture at Williamsburg, Virginia. Covers writings on the arts 1876-1964, and includes general works and serials on architecture, painting, portraits by subjects, sculpture, graphic arts.

Dictionaries & Encyclopaedias

Baigell. Dictionary of American Art. 1979. HumRef N 6505.B34 1979

Dover. Dictionary of American Portraits. HumRef N 7593 .C53

Dutton. Encyclopedia of American Art. 1981. HumRef N 6505 .E5x 1981

Gerdts. Art Across America: Two Centuries of Regional Painting, 1710-1920. 3 vols. Quarto ND 212 .G47 1990

Grove's Dictionary of Art. Online.
Search under "United States of America" or specific artist or topic. Includes bibliographies and links to digital images from The Bridgeman Art Gallery. Also available in print at HumRef N 31 D5 1996 (34 vols.)


American Art Directory (bi-annual) HumRef N 50 .A54x
Covers art organizations and schools; state arts councils; art magazines; newspaper art editors and critics; scholarships and fellowships; exhibitions.

American Visionaries: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art. 2001. HumRef N 6512 .W445 2001

Bryce. American Printmakers 1946-1996. 1999. HumRef NE 508 .B76 1999

Falk. Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America. 1999. 3 vols. HumRef N 6512 .F26 1999

Grant. Paris: A Guide to Archival Sources for American Art History. 1997. HumRef N 6850 .G73x 1997
Lists institutions holding American art-related materials in Paris.

McCoy, Garne. Archives of American Art: A Directory of Resources. 1972. N 6505 .M262

Who's Who in American Art (bi-annual) HumRef N 6536 .W5
Includes artists, collectors, scholars, arts administrators, historians, and critics. Geographical and professional indexes.


American Art Book. HumRef N 6505.A627x 1999

Baigell. Concise History of American Painting and Sculpture. 1996. HumRef N 6505 .B338 1996

Brown. American Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Decorative Arts, Photography. 1979. HumRef N 6505 .A6186

New York Historical Society. American Landscape and Genre Painting. 1982. 3 vols. HumRef ND 1351.5 .N46

Russell and Spencer. Art Across America. 2000. HumRef N 510 .A777 2000

Native American Art

Lester. Biographical Directory of Native American Painters. 1995. Special Collections E 89 .L52x 1995

Matuz. St. James Guide to Native North American Artists. HumRef E 98 .A7 S8 1998

American Women Artists

Chiarmonte. Women Artists in the United States: A Selective Bibliography and Resource Guide on the Fine and Decorative Arts, 1750-1986. 1990. HumRef N 6537 .X1 W63 1990

Collins. Women Artists in America: 18th Century to the Present (1790-1980). 1980. HumRef N 6536 .C523 1980

Dunford. Biographical Dictionary of Women Artists in Europe and America since 1850. 1990. HumRef N 43 .D86x 1990

Heller. North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. HumRef N 6503 .N67 1995

Kovinick. An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West. 1998. HumRef N 8214.5.U6K68 1998

Rubinstein. American Women Artists from Early Indian Times to the Present. 1982. N 6505 .R8 1982

Tufts. American Women Artists, Past and Present: A Selected Bibliographic Guide. 1984. 2 vols. HumRef N 6537 .X1 T85

Watson-Jones. Contemporary American Women Sculptors. 1986. HumRef NB 212 .W34 1986

Art Exhibitions


Art in America Annual Guide to Museums, Galleries, Artists . August Issue. HumRef N 1 .A43

Art Now Gallery Guide (monthly). HumRef N 510 .A7x (latest ed. in HumRef, older in stacks)

On Exhibit. (annual) HumRef N 510 .L58 (latest ed. in HumRef, older in stacks)


Marlor. The Society of Independent Artists: The Exhibition record 1917-1984. N 6512 .M326 1984

Naylor. The National Academy of Design Exhibition Record 1861-1900. 1973. 2 vols. N 6510 .N38

Perkins. The Boston Athenaeum Art Exhibition Index, 1827-1874. 1980. HumRef N 7525 .P472

Wilson. Index of American Print Exhibitions, 1882-1940. 1988. HumRef NE 507 .W55 1988
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.

Wilson. Index of American Watercolor Exhibitions, 1900-1945. 1994. HumRef ND 1808 .W56 1994
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.