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Archives Directory for the History of Collecting in America (Frick Collection) Free Online Resources
The Archives Directory for the History of Collecting is a pioneering resource created to help researchers locate primary source material about American collectors, dealers, agents and advisors, and the repositories that hold these records. The database is a work in progress that is regularly updated with information contributed by both institutions and individuals.

Archives of American Art (Smithsonian) Free Online Resources
The Archives is the world’s pre-eminent and most widely used research center dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary sources that document the history of the visual arts in America. The collections include more than 16 million letters, diaries and scrapbooks of artists, dealers, and collectors; manuscripts of critics and scholars; business and financial records of museums, galleries, schools, and associations; photographs of art world figures and events; sketches and sketchbooks; rare printed material; film, audio and video recordings; and the largest collection of oral histories anywhere on the subject of art—are a vital resource to anyone interested in American culture over the past 200 years. Over 110 collections have been scanned and are accessible online at no cost.

Artvalue Auction DatabaseFree Online Resources
(Free resource – students can create their own login and password)
Based on the Guides Mayer with over 4.75 million auction sale results for paintings, watercolors, drawings, sculptures, and selected prints & photographs. The Artvalue online database includes over 160,000 artists who have appeared at auction since 1987.

CAMEO - Conservation and Art Materials Encyclopedia OnlineFree Online Resources
CAMEO is a free searchable information resource developed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and is updated on a continual basis. The MATERIALS database contains chemical, physical, visual, and analytical information on over 10,000 historic and contemporary materials used in the production and conservation of artistic, architectural, archaeological, and anthropological materials.

Catalogues Raisonnés Database (IFAR)Free Online ResourcesPDF Guide
Catalogues raisonnés – scholarly compilations of an artist's body of work – are critical tools for researching the provenance, attribution, and authenticity of a work of art. They exist at the intersection of the scholarly, legal, and collecting art worlds. This section of IFAR's Website is devoted to two resources – a database of published catalogues raisonnés and a database of catalogues in preparation. No electronic resource like this exists. The databases can be searched separately or together. They are living documents, and new information will be added regularly.

CINOA - World association of Art and Antique Dealer associationsFree Online Resources
CINOA represents 5000 dealers from 32 associations in 22 countries. Dealers cover a wide array of specialties from antiquities to contemporary art. The website includes the organization's Code of Ethics, online guides for art and antique collectors, lists of fairs and events, a member directory, information on art laws affecting dealers and collectors and annual TEFAF international art market studies.

CPANDA - Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data ArchiveFree Online Resources
CPANDA, the Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive, is the world's first interactive digital archive of policy-relevant data on the arts and cultural policy in the United States. It was founded in 2001. The core mission of the Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA) is to acquire, archive, document and preserve high quality data sets on key topics in arts and cultural policy, and make them available in a user-friendly format to scholars, journalists, policy makers, artists, cultural organizations, and the public.

Economic Research InstituteBusinessFree Online Resources
This site searches ERI Economic Research Institute's Library of nearly 7 million Form 990, 990PF, and 990EZ reports for non-profit organizations beginning with 2003. Information, including reported compensation data, from these IRS returns is processed at the rate of 60,000 returns per month.

e-flux journal Full TextE-JournalsFree Online Resources
Free online journal focusing on contemporary art where writers, artists and thinkers are invited to write on topics of their choosing. access to articles from this journal from 1997 to the present.

Foundation Center 990 FinderBusinessFree Online Resources
Easy to search database of 990 forms for U.S. charitable organizations. This site also includes helpful guides such as Demystifying the 990-PF.

Guidestar Non-Profit Reports (free version only)BusinessFree Online Resources
The national database of U.S. charitable organizations, gathers and distributes data on more than 850,000 IRS-recognized nonprofits.**Access to the free section of Guidestar requires registration and creating a password.

Hathi Trust Digital LibraryFree Online Resources
A partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. This is a collection of almost 10 million digitized works (books, journals, music scores, etc.) with over 25% available in full-text format. Users can search information about items (Catalog Search) or search for words that occur within the items (Full-text Search). Items available in full-text will have a "Full View" option and a PDF version may also be downloaded from the Hathi site.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (Metropolitan Museum of Art)Free Online Resources
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History is funded by the Heilbrunn Foundation, New Tamarind Foundation, and Zodiac Fund. The Timeline is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated by the Museum's collection. It is an invaluable reference and research tool for students, educators, scholars, and anyone interested in the study of art history and related subjects. First launched in 2000, the Timeline extends from prehistory to the present day. The Museum's curators, conservators, and educators research and write the Timeline, that continues to expand in scope and depth and reflect the most up-to-date scholarship.
Source: About the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

IFAR Catalogues Raisonnés Database - Please see > Catalogues Raisonnés Database (IFAR)Free Online ResourcesPDF Guide

!Women Art Revolution: Voices of a Movement Full TextFree Online Resources
The artists’ and critics’ interviews presented here chronicle the founding years of the feminist art movement in the 1970s. While focusing on the events of that decade and the following, these narratives also discuss the impact of the civil rights, anti-war, and women’s rights movements. Created by artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson over the last two decades (1990-2008) as she developed her groundbreaking documentary, !Women Art Revolution, this archive provides the first-person histories of the pioneering individuals who challenged the ways in which women were considered by the reigning art establishment. Available from this site are the videos, transcripts, and biographies on the interviewees as well as links to the Women Art Revolution collection finding aid, information on the documentary !Women Art Revolution, and other feminist studies resources.

WorldCat Frequently Used ResourcesFree Online Resources
WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. You can search for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items you're used to getting from libraries. You can also discover many new kinds of digital content, such as downloadable audiobooks. You may also find article citations with links to their full text; authoritative research materials, such as documents and photos of local or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that aren't available to the public. Because WorldCat libraries serve diverse communities in dozens of countries, resources are available in many languages.

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