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Art History Research Methods

Archives of American Art

The Archives of American Art, part of the Smithsonian, is a large resource of primary documents related to the visual arts in America.

Portrait of Frida Kahlo on the patio of her house in Coyoacán, Mexico, January 24, 1948.


ICAA Documents Project

International Center for Arts of the Americas from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has an online collection of materials for research in 20th and 21st century art from Latin America, the Caribbean, and U.S. Latino communities.

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ARTstor <click here to access the database

ARTstor is a digital library of more than two million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. 

ARTstor's YouTube videos

Image Kiosk

The Hunter College Image Kiosk is an image database providing access to over 52,000 images and corresponding metadata.  The images and metadata can be copied and pasted into presentation software such as PowerPoint. 


JSTOR provides access to more than 12 million journal articles, books, images, and primary sources in 75 disciplines. Explore a wide range of scholarly content through a powerful research and teaching platform. (Current journals are not entered into the database for two to five years.)

JSTOR search results include images as well!