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Collection strengths reflect those of the museum's permanent collection: Modern (Surrealism) and contemporary art; Byzantine and Medieval periods; classical antiquities, African art.
Collection is strongest in areas in which the Museum has collected; ie: African, Pre-Columbian art; photography; European and American drawing, painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and costume. Hirsch Library has an extensive collection of artists files, auction and commercial gallery catalogues. The Library's online catalog includes records for Kitty King Powell Library collection.
A branch of the Hirsch Library, the Kitty King Powell Library at the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens provides resources for the study of American art and decorative arts of the 17th through the 19th century. The specialized collection includes more than 6,000 books, periodical volumes, auction catalogues on the history of American material culture, including furniture, ceramics, metals, glass, and textiles.
See also Library & Museum Websites folder.
The Getty Research Portal is an online search platform providing global access to digitized art history texts in the public domain. Through this multilingual, multicultural union catalog, scholars can search and dowload complete digital copies of publications for the study of art, architecture, material culture, and related fields. Because of copyright restrictions, all content on the Portal will be limited to works published before 1923 which are considered part of the public domain. Free access.
The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public. Over 2,000,000 digitized books and manuscripts. See http://archive.org/about/credits.php#prelinger for list of sponsors such as the National Science Foundation, LIbrary of Congress.
Collection of 2,445 titles on ca. 10,000 monochrome and color microfiche of English language books published 1800-1900 from the British Library collection. Bibliographic records appear in Fondren Library's online catalog: author, titles entries, but no subject entries. This Specialist Collection is a subset of the Nineteenth Century Microfiche Project to which Fondren subscribes. Nineteenth Century: General Collection (Gov CB415 .N56) includes books on archaeology, fanmily life, geography, history, medicine, philosophy, politics, recreation, religion, science, and technology. Nineteenth Century project is the most important source for research for the nineteenth century studies. The Nineteenth Century Collection contains 34,000+ titles.