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Introduction to Art History Research

SIA New York Library Guide

This guide is a starting point for finding art history resources in the SIA New York library. The navigation menu to the left will allow you to explore this guide.  Please note, this is not an exhaustive list.

Best Bets

If you're short on time, these resources are your best bet for this topic:

Art & Architectural History



Keyword Search Tips

Best Bet

Use The Getty's Art and Architectural Thesarus to find other / related keywords to search.

Subject Searching

Selected examples of subject search terms to use in Summon or in the library catalog. Terms can all be modified by place names, e.g., Architecture--New York. You may also search the catalog by the name of an artist, architect or designer, either as an author or as subject

  • Search by Subject Term in Summon:
  • Search by Subject in the library catalog:
    • Select Advanced Search and type your subject terms in the Subject field
Example Subject Search Terms
Art - Historiography Art - Methodology
Art, Modern  - 21st century  Historic Buildings--United States  
Architecture, Colonial--United States Art, Modern  - 20th century 

Browse library call numbers

Browse the N section of the library for Fine Arts.  These are browseable in any library that uses the Library of Congress Classification System.

Relevant call number ranges:

Art as a profession. Artists -- N8350-8356 

Art and the state. Public art -- N8700-9165 

Art museums, galleries, etc. -- N400-3990 

Art studios, materials, etc. -- N8510-8553 

Economics of art -- N8600-8675 

Examination and conservation of works of art -- N8554-8585 

Exhibitions -- N4390-5098 

General -- N1-58

General works -- N7420-7525.8 

History -- ​N5300-7418 

Private collections and collectors -- N5198-5299 

Special subjects of art -- N7560-8266 

Study and teaching. Research -- N81-390

Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts -- N61-72


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