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October 28, 2008

Archives of American Art


Ever looking for images of more than just an artist's work? Researching his or her biography and need some personal photographs, or maybe you're curious about the correspondence between two artists? Most of the big Art and Architecture image databases focus primarily on images of a person's work, so these types of personal images can sometimes be hard to find. However, the Smithsonian Institute's Archives of American Art is a great resource on the lives of American artists. The archive consists of interviews, letters, photographs. It's true that many of these items are only available on microfilm through interlibrary loan, but the extra trouble might be well worth it.

Read further for image copyright info and links within the Archives of American Art.

Collections of Individuals
Special Focus Guides
Oral History Interviews, some with sound clips from interviews
Collections by Artists' Groups (such as the Guerrilla Girls)
October is Archives Month!

image © info: top: [Jackson Pollock, Clement Greenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner and an unidentified child at the beach], ca. 1952 / unidentified photographer. © Archives of American Art. bottom: [Jackson Pollock holding a can of paint], 1950 / Rudy Burckhardt, photographer. © Archives of American Art.

Posted by hthrlowe at October 28, 2008 01:26 PM

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