General American Art Books
A selection of titles available at Crystal Bridges Library and NWA regional Libraries.
Many items located in the catalog can be found at local libraries: Bentonville Public Library, Fayetteville Public Library, Rogers Public Library and Springdale Public Library, and other community libraries. Researcher and community members not affiliated with University of Arkansas can apply for circulation privileges at UA Libraries.
American Art Periodicals
Available in the Crystal Bridges Library Current Periodicals Section
All Museum guests, students, and community members are welcome to use these databases at the Museum Library. Passwords and access available only from Museum Library computers.
University of Arkansas students can access electronic resources using your current UARK user name and password. Non-university users can access selected electronic resources from UA Library public computers.
The Arts databases include:
Grove Art Online *A licensed online subscription database only accessible from Museum staff & Library computers. The most comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide. Grove Art Online features artists’ biographies, over 45,000 signed articles, 5,500 images, 40,000 image links, timelines of world art, and MoMA lesson plans.
JSTOR *A licensed online subscription database only accessible from Museum staff & Library computers. JSTOR is one of the best resources for art publications and includes full-text content of more than 1,300 academic journals, as well as thousands of primary sources in the arts, humanities and other disciplines.
Free Online Resources
For Kids – Free Online Art Sites
Historical Collections from the National Digital Library – with a special “Learning Page” for teachers.
Campfire Stories with George Catlin
A virtual journey to meet American Indians of the 1830s with artist, ethnologist, and showman George Catlin.
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
An interactive featuring John Trumbull’s paintings, the cornerstone of the American Art Collection from the Yale University Art Gallery.
The Great American Landmarks Adventure
A trip through time and space. You’ll see 43 National Historic Landmarks arranged by Heritage Preservation Services, National Park Service
American Experience teachers’ area allows searching or browsing over 1,500 features from more than 110 American Experience Web sites — including timelines, primary sources, teacher’s guides, maps, galleries, interactives, video, and more — to find history, civics, and other social studies resources for your classroom.
Art 21 A Preeminent chronicler of contemporary art and artists through its Peabody Award-winning biennial television series, Art in the Twenty-First Century. The nonprofit organization has used the power of digital media to introduce millions of people of all ages to contemporary art and artists and has created a new paradigm for teaching and learning about the creative process. Art21 serves educators and their students by providing free materials and programs devoted to the exploration of contemporary art and artists, including the widely distributed Educators’ Guides.
Art History through touch and sound online: Art History for the Blind Presents American Art Accessible to people who are blind or have low vision. Valuable to all. Verbal descriptions and printable tactile diagrams, interpretive sound compositions, art activities, and teaching tips.
ArtDaily Today’s and last week’s art news.
The ARTstory, brought to you by The Art Story Foundation Presents movements, artists, timelines, ideas, and current events in both quick and detailed views.
Comrads in Art: Revolutionary Art in America 1926-1938 A narrated online exhibition created by Francis Booth; Web Design by Paul Squire.
Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is a nonprofit arts organization that is a leading international resource for video and media art. The Artist Index contains a full list of the artists in the EAI collection and archives.
The Getty Research Institute; including:
- Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)
- Collections Inventories and Finding Aids
- Digital collections
- Getty Provenance Index
- Research Guides and Bibliographies
- Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)
Google Art Project Explore museums: virtually move around the museum’s galleries, selecting works of art that interest you.
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: The Metropolitan Museum of Art 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.
Hudson River School images from Scholar’s Resource Free browsing and information but a subscription is needed to order images.
The Library of Congress American Memory American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.
Making of America from Cornell University Library A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. A significant body of primary sources related to development of the U.S. infrastructure originally funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
MetPublications MoMA Red Studio Red Studio, developed by MoMA in collaboration with high school students, explores issues and questions raised by teens about modern art, today’s working artists, and what goes on behind the scenes at a museum.
The Mural in America: Wallpainting in the United States from Pre-History to the Present An online book by Francis V. O’Connor, Ph.D.
Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture A scholarly, refereed e-journal devoted to the study of nineteenth-century painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, architecture, and decorative arts across the globe.
Abstract Expressionists New York
SmartHistory.org Smarthistory.org is a free, not-for-profit, multi-media web book designed as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional art history textbook. Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker began smARThistory in 2005 by creating a blog featuring free audio guides in the form of podcasts for use in The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.