There are a lot of great resources for researching art and ideas online and around
town. Academic, as well as public libraries hold an incredible supply of information
in the greater Portland area. In addition, online resources grow daily and the
ability to peruse through a catalog in New York or LA is incredibly easy. Please
feel free share the resources that you know of by adding them to the list below in the comments that follow this entry.
College of Art and Craft
is both academic as well as public since
their library is a part of the Washington
County Cooperative Library Services
which are an excellent group
of libraries in the western suburbs. Through this site you can access their online
(Reference being the most relevant for Art). A library card is
required for the database search.
Part of what prompted doing some research on researching came from an email
sent into PORT about an excellent find at the Multnomah
. They have recently acquired a revised, adapted,
updated and translated version of Emmanuel Bénézit's 14 volume
Dictionnaire Critique et Documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs
et Graveurs published in 1999 which is non circulating and available at the
Central Branch on the 3rd floor.
Academic (and available to
the general public)
may access this library as a part of the publc at large for no fee but it's
$75/year to borrow.
As a memebr of the public you may access the collection in a non-circulating
manner or pay $50/year to borrow.
Borrowing priviledges are given to library card holders from Clackamas, Multnomah
and Wahington County.
Art Museum’s Library
is non-circulating, free and open to the public
. Their online database is searchable
by typing rex into the library name section and signing in as a guest. The library also contains materials that are not catalogued but accessible through the staff.
also has a a non-circulating resource room that’s $2 to enter if you are
not a member. This is not searchable online.
Small A Projects
has a video library that is open to the public. Published on their website is a list of their holdings. Some titles are loaned out, others are for in house viewing only.
Out of Town
The New York Public Library has a searchable image database called the NYPL
. Within it you access almost half a million images
“digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections
of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical
maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed
ephemera, and more.” Take a look. The images are gorgeous.
In addition the NYPL also has a research guide for art
and their Art
and Architecture Collection
can lead you around the web for additional information.
In LA the Getty
has a searchable catalog.
If you find something online that you can’t access physically because
you don’t live in or won’t be visiting New York, LA or some other magical,
far off land try searching for that particular title here
Simply enter the title or subject on the first page. When you’ve found
your selection on the next page it will prompt you for your zip code. After
that, it gives you a list of libraries near you that hold that title. Often, if it’s not at
your home library, they can get these materials for you through interlibrary loan
(a fee can sometimes be required)
Google has added Google
to it’s search engines. Here “you can search across
many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts
and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories,
universities and other scholarly organizations.”
access to a reference librarian 24/7 for your late night scholarly research.
The Paris WebMuseum
World Wide Art Resources