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  • ARTstor
    Repository of images that include collections from a wide variety of civilizations, time-periods, and media. The images are drawn from different sources, such as museums, archaeological teams, photo archives, slide collections, and art reference publishers.
  • U.S. West: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University
    U.S. West: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints digital collection provides a sample of the photographs, images, albums, and more, relating to the U.S. West held by SMU's DeGolyer Library.
  • Western History Collections, University of Oklahoma
    Among the best known of the Western History Collections resources is the Photographic Archives, with its holdings of over 250,000 prints and negatives. With an emphasis on the American Southwest and West for the period 1870-1940, the Photographic Archives is a major source for research and graphic illustration for many disciplines.

Online Encyclopedias

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  • Grove Dictionary of Art
    Grove Art Online is today's foremost scholarly art encyclopedia covering all aspects of Western and non-Western visual art. It includes the full text of The Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner (1996, 34 volumes), the landmark reference work containing more than 45,000 articles (more than 21,000 biographies and 500,000 bibliographical citations) contributed by 6,700 scholars from 120 countries.
  • Grove Encyclopedia of American Art
    The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (GEAA) deals with all aspects of American art and architecture from Native American art to Colonial art to contemporary American art.

Reference Works

American Indian Jewelry I: 1,200 Artist Biographies, c. 1800-Present

E 98 .J48 S3 2003

American Indian Textiles: 2,000 Artist Biographies, c. 1800-Present

E 98 .T35 S34 2000

Artists of the American West:  A Biographical Dictionary

N 6536 .D38 1980 (Located at Western History)

Biographical Directory of Native American Painters

ND 203 .L47 1995 (Located on the last table to the right when you walk in the door)

Catalogue of the Amon Carter Museum Photography Collection

Fine Arts Reference TR 6 .U62 F672 1993

Encyclopedia of Native American Artists

N 6538 .A4 E94 2008 (Located on the last table to the right when you walk in the door)

Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography 

Fine Arts Reference TR 9 .H25 2008

Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West    

N 8214.5 .U6 K68 1999 (Located on the last table to the right when you walk in the door)

Fifty Great Western Illustrators:  A Bibliographic Checklist   

N 8214.5 .U6

Grove Dictionary of Art (Subject Heading:  “Wild West and Frontier Art”)

N 31 .D5 1996  34 volumes (Located on the last table to the right when you walk in the door)

Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West   

N 8214.5 .U6 S25

Pioneer Photographers of the Far West:  A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865

Fine Arts Reference TR 139 .P35 2000

Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies, c. 1800-Present

E 99 .P9 S34 2000

Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2000 Artist Biographies, c. 1800-Present

E 99 .P9 S343 2002

Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography   

          Fine Arts Reference TR 9 .H25 2008

Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography  

          Fine Arts Reference TR 642 .E5 2006


Online Resources

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  • Academic Search Premier
    Multidisciplinary database covering social sciences, humanities, education, physical and life sciences, and ethnic studies.
  • America's Historical Newspapers
    (01/01/1690 - 12/31/1922)
    Features early American newspapers with cover-to-cover reproductions of hundreds of historic newspapers, providing more than one million pages of full text, searchable facsimile images.
  • America: History and Life
    (01/01/1954 - Present)
    Covers the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistoric times to the present, including topics in the social sciences and humanities. Materials indexed include journals articles, book reviews, media reviews, and dissertations.
  • American West
    Provides access to the Graff Collection. Includes a mixture of original manuscripts, maps, ephemeral material and rare printed sources related to frontier life, to Native Americans and to vigilantes and outlaws as well as the growth of urban centres, the environmental impact of westward expansion and of life in the borderlands. Full text available.
  • Art Index
    (01/01/1984 - Present)
    Includes materials on traditional art, art history, archaeology, architecture, fashion design, interior design, visual art, and non-western art. Materials indexed include journal articles, yearbooks, and museum bulletins. Includes multi-lingual material.
  • Bibliography of the History of Art
    (01/01/1975 - 12/31/2007)
    Also see International Bibliography of Art (IBA)
  • International Bibliography of Art
    (01/01/2008 - Present)
    The International Bibliography of Art (IBA) covers European and American visual arts from late antiquity to the present. This database provides access to scholarship from over 500 core journals, in addition to detailed coverage of monographs, essay collections, conference proceedings and exhibition catalogs. Covers subjects such as fine arts from all media, museum studies, folk art, classical studies, material culture, antiques, and architectural history.
    Provides access to materials in African-American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, General Science, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology, Statistics. It is a digitized archive of the backfiles of selected scholarly journals. Full text available.
  • Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers
    Access hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers. Full text available.
  • Bibliography of Native North Americans
    Covers Native North American history, life, and culture from the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF). Materials indexed include the cumulative eight volumes of the Ethnographic Bibliography of North America, books, journal articles, essays, conference papers, dissertations and U.S. government documents.

Finding Books

Suggested subject headings to search in the OU Libraries catalog.

Cowboys in Art

Indians in Art

Photography -- West (U.S.)  -- History

Photographers West (U.S.)

West (U.S.) in Art

Amon Carter Museum

Buffalo Bill Historical Center

Eiteljorg Museum

Museum of the American West

National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center

Thomas Gilcrease Museum




    Southwest Art

    American Art Review

    Archives of American Art Journal

    Art in America

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