Resources

ARCHIVES

Google Art Project

An online archive bringing together objects in museum collections around the world.

National Archives and Records

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper.

Robert Havemann Archive

An archive focusing on the opposition and dissidence in the GDR.  Note: Website is in German.

ART COMMUNITY EVENTS

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk

The free, self-guided, public art phenomenon known as The Downtown Art Walk  brings together art lovers and community friends to the ever evolving downtown Los Angeles.

ART HISTORY DATABASES

The Center for the Study of Political Graphics

With over 75,000 posters, the CSPG archive is the largest collection of Post World War II graphics in the United States. The Center for the Study of Political Graphics collects, preserves, and exhibits posters relating to historical and contemporary movements for social change. Through its varied programs, CSPG is reclaiming the power of art to educate and inspire people to action.

Getty Research Portal

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 download complete digital copies of publications for the study of art, architecture, material culture, and related fields. The Portal is free to all users.

Getty Research Institute – A Nation Emerges: 65 Years of Photography in Mexico

Photographs of Mexico from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century from the special collections of the Getty Research Institute

International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Documents of 20th Century Latin American and Latino Art

The ICAA Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art digital archive provides access to primary sources and critical documents tracing the development of twentieth-century art in Latin America and among Latino populations in the United States.  Recovered texts provide a much-needed intellectual foundation for the exhibition, collection, and interpretation of art produced along this cultural axis.

CALIFORNIA HISTORY

L.A. as Subject

An alliance of research archives, libraries, and private collectors dedicated to preserving the rich history of theLos Angelesregion.  Hosted by the USC Libraries.

LA History Archive

The Archive is a catalog of downloadable historical documents and a repository of educator resources, and is intended to serve educators, students and the general public.

Pasadena Digital History Collection

The mission of the Pasadena Digital History Collaboration is to assemble, digitize, and make web-accessible historical documents and artifacts that represent Pasadena’s heritage for the benefit of both the local community and researchers world-wide.

The Studio for Southern California History

The Studio for Southern California History seeks to critically chronicle Southern California history from a social and cultural perspective. By examining history “from the bottom up” the Studio hopes to recover overlooked histories of community and strife in the larger Los Angeles area and to foster a sense of place and political entitlement among Southern Californians.

CONSERVATION

Image Permanence Institute: Graphics Atlas

Graphic Atlas is a new online resource that brings sophisticated print identification and characteristic exploration tools to archivists, curators, historians, collectors, conservators, educators, and the general public. 

LIBRARIES

Los Angeles Public Library: History Department (and Photo Collection)

The Los Angeles Central Library’s History Department began collecting photographs sometime before World War II and had a collection of about 13,000 images by the late 1950s. In 1981, whenLos Angelescelebrated its 200th birthday, Security Pacific National Bank gave its noted collection of 250,000 historical photographs to the people ofLos Angelesto be archived at the Central Library. Since then, the Central Library has been fortunate to receive other major collections and special archives, making the Library a resource worldwide for visual images.

 MUSEUMS

Architecture + Design Museum – Los Angeles, CA.

J. Paul Getty Museum – Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – Los Angeles, CA

Norton Simon Museum – Pasadena, CA

The Wende Museum – Culver City, CA 

 

 

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