Art History

History of Art Department's Visual Resources Collection (VRC)

Alternative Titles
Visual Resources Collection
Description

The History of Art Department's Visual Resources Collection (VRC) maintains nearly two million images of art. The collection's roots are more than 90 years old and developed as a teaching collection to support faculty and students. As the University of Michigan's History of Art Department evolved and became a center for scholarship, so did the VRC collection become an international resource.

The VRC, until very recently, has never made their archival holdings public. With the aid of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) files, it is not possible to provide access to finding aids and inventories of our primary resources online. Through the provision of these online finding aids, patrons can connect with the VRC's vast resources of images of art, architecture, and artifacts.

Type
Catalog
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/33238
Access
Open access for all usersOpen access for all users
Subjects

Simpson Islamic Manuscript Record Archive

Description

"The Visual Resources Collections at the University of Michigan houses the Islamic manuscript record archive of Dr. Marianna Shreve Simpson (PhD, Harvard University, 1978). Dr. Simpson served as Curator of Islamic Near Eastern Art at the Freer/Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Islamic Art at the Walters Art Museum, and Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan (2005). She specializes in the arts of the Islamic book and illustrated Persian manuscripts in particular. She has lectured, taught, and published widely in these fields. She is the author of numerous articles and her books include: Sultan Ibrahim Mirza's Haft Awrang: A Princely Manuscript from Sixteenth-Century Iran (1997); Arab and Persian Painting in the Fogg Art Museum (1980); and The Illustration of an Epic: The Earliest Shahnama Manuscripts (1979).

The Simpson collection encompasses the history of Islamic book arts, with a particular focus on illustrated manuscripts produced between 1300 and 1600 CE.

Containing over 500 documentation records and approximately 4,800 images (prints, color slides, digital images, and microfilms), the archive represents almost four decades of manuscript study in libraries, museums, and private collections throughout the world. The collection also expands the Islamic Art Archives at the University of Michigan, which encompasses 10,000 photographs of manuscripts, paintings, monuments, and decorative arts. At present, the Islamic Art Archives is comprised of four series: black and white negatives of photographs by Arthur Upham Pope (1881-1969), black and white negatives of photographs by Donald Wilber (1907-1997), Oleg Grabar’s (1929-2011) archives for the Qasr al-Khayr East excavations, and Grabar’s photographic print collection of illustrated Maqamat and Shahnama manuscripts. The Simpson material thus comprises the fifth series in the Islamic Art Archives, which now spans a century of scholarship on Islamic art, painting, architecture, and archaeology.

The Simpson archive is organized by repository name and manuscript accession number or shelf mark (for example, “British Library Add. 7622”). Each file contains its own documentation template, which provides a detailed record of the title(s) of each manuscript, name(s) of calligrapher, painter, and patron, date and place of production, dimensions of folios and text blocks, paratextual information (paintings, seals, endowment notes, etc.), and other key data for every manuscript that Dr. Simpson has examined throughout her distinguished career as an academic, scholar, and curator of Islamic art."

Type
Images
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/31828
Subjects

Romanticism: Life, Literature and Landscape

Description

Adam Matthew's Romanticism: Life, Literature and Landscape is a digital collection of manuscript materials by William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas de Quincey, and other Romantic writers. Materials in the online collection are sourced from the Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage, Grasmere, UK. 

Romanticism: Life, Literature and Landscape includes:

  • Dove Cottage Literary Manuscripts, including verse manuscripts by William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Hartley Coleridge; Mary Wordsworth’s Memorandumand Journal of a Tour on the Continent; Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere diaries and her journals including Recollections of a Tour in Scotland.
  • Wordsworth Literary Manuscripts, including verse manuscripts and letters by William Wordsworth, Mary Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sara Coleridge, William Hazlitt, Leigh Hunt, Robert Jones, Charles and Mary Lamb, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Southey.
  • Wordsworth Letter Albums. Correspondents include William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth, Mary Wordsworth, John Wordsworth, Christopher Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sara Hutchinson, Edward Quillinan, Robert Southey, Charles Lamb and Benjamin Robert Haydon.
  • Thomas de Quincey manuscripts including Confessions of an Opium Eater.
  • Selections from the Hutchinson family correspondence, 1768-1903.
  • Selected annotated pages from printed books.
  • Landscape paintings and drawings of the Lake District by such artists as Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner, Joseph Wilkinson and John Constable.
  • Letters, financial papers, scrapbooks, autograph books, notebooks and diaries.
 

 

Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/31593
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

Artemis Primary Sources

Alternative Titles
Gale Artemis: Primary Sources
Description

Artemis is a full-text primary source database that cross-searches Gale's Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO) and Nineteenth-Century Collections Online (NCCO). 

Type
Database
E-Book(s)
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/31296
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

The First World War: Personal Experiences and Propaganda

Description

This database include a wide range of source material for the study of World War I, comprising personal narratives, printed books, military files, propaganda pamphlets, and visual materials. The database also includes interactive maps. The collections are organized into two modules, Personal Experiences and Propaganda and Recruitment.

Digitized materials include:

Diaries and journals
Letters
Personal narratives and reminiscences
Trench literature and soldiers’ journals
Postcards
Scrapbooks and albums
Photographs and 360° views of personal items and objects
Sketches and paintings
Ephemera
Sheet music
Photographs
War art
Cartoons and comics
Propaganda and recruiting posters
Extracts from local newspapers
Minute books
Papers of the Ministry of Information
Papers of the Kriegspresseamt
Tribunal case files
Instructions for the distribution of propaganda
Leaflets and Pamphlets
Trench maps

Type
Images
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/31228
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

American Indian Histories and Culture

Description

According to the publisher's description:

The wide range of material included in American Indian Histories and Cultures presents a unique insight into interactions between American Indians and Europeans from their earliest contact, continuing through the turbulence of the American Civil War, the on-going repercussions of government legislation, right up to the civil rights movement of the mid- to late-twentieth century. This resource contains material from the Newberry Library’s extensive Edward E. Ayer Collection; one of the strongest archival collections on American Indian history in the world.

Document types, digitized in full colour, include:
-An extensive collection of manuscripts ranging from the early 16th to the mid-20th centuries
-A striking collection of artwork including rare American Indian ledger art
-Speeches and petitions written by American Indians
-Diaries, essays, travel journals and ledger books from early European expeditions
-Correspondence, notes and minutes relating to important treaties
-Early linguistic studies and ethnographic accounts of American Indian life
-Thousands of photographs
-Historic maps and atlases
-Rare printed books
-American Indian newspapers from the 1960s-1990s
 
This rich selection of primary sources covers such important themes as:
-American Indians and the European Powers
-American Indians and the US Government
-Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
-Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
-Indigenous Peoples of Mexico
-First Nations of Canada
-Missionaries and Education
-Trade and Indian Economies
-Civil Rights Movement

Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/31226
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

International Bibliography of Art

Alternative Titles
IBA
Description

The International Bibliography of Art (IBA) is an index to scholarly literature on Western art and art history, incorporating journal articles, monographs, essay collections, and conference proceedings. It is a successor database to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and the Répertoire International de la Litterature d'Art (RILA). IBA includes citations for works published or indexed from 2008 through the present. For scholarship on Western art and art history that was published between 1975-2007, please consult the freely available BHA and RILA databases via the Getty Research Institute.

The IBA seeks to provide an authoritative overview of international scholarship on topics including:

  • European art since late antiquity
  • American art since the colonial period
  • Global art since 1945
  • Fine art in all media
  • Decorative art and antiques
  • Museum studies and conservation
  • Archaeology and material culture
  • Folk art
  • Architectural history

The IBA includes indexing in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Type
Article Index
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30786
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

The Women's Wear Daily Archive

Alternative Titles
WWD, Women's Wear Daily
Description

A comprehensive archive of Women’s Wear Daily, from the first issue in 1910 to material from within the last twelve months, reproduced in high-resolution images. Every page, article, advertisement and cover has been included, with searchable text and indexing. The Women’s Wear Daily Archive preserves one of the fashion industry's most prominent trade publications and influential reads. Key moments in the history of the industry, as well as major designers, brands, retailers and advertisers are all covered in this publication of record.

Type
Article Index
E-Journal(s)
Images
Coverage
1910 - within past 12 months
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30749
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

American West

Alternative Titles
The American West
Description

The American West includes materials from the Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana at the Newberry Library, Chicago.  The collection includes a wide range of primary source materials, such as manuscripts, maps, broadsides, and a variety of ephemeral works.

Highlights include:

-Papers of early pioneers, explorers and hunters are well represented, including items such as the original manuscript journal and papers of James Audubon.

-Canada and the Pacific Northwest are well documented including accounts of the Gold Rush and of the landscape.

 

-The evolution of Western towns can be seen through materials such as prospectuses and city directories.

 

-The growth of railway and road networks can be explored through maps and through records of key railroad companies.

 

-Emigrants guides, manuscript travel journals, store catalogues, illustrations and maps enable scholars to understand the phenomenon of Westward expansion.

 

-Accounts of ranches and of the prairie lands document the agricultural transformation of the West.

 

-There are rich resources for the study of Texas, Mexico and the South.

 

-Literary and historical works – as well as contemporary newspapers and posters - enable a better understanding of the real and mythic West – with first hand accounts of the lives of vigilantes and outlaws.

 

-Native American history and culture is also very well documented.

 

-Original manuscripts, ephemeral material (trade cards, wanted posters, photos, claim certificates, news-sheets etc), maps, and rare printed works.

 

(from the publisher's description)

Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/29606
More Information
Access
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Hengwrt Chaucer Digital Facsimile

Alternative Titles
Hengwrt
Description

The Hengwrt Chaucer Digital Facsimile is the first-ever color facsimile of the Hengwrt Chaucer manuscript (National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D). This digital edition, edited by Estelle Stubbs of the University of Sheffield, also includes transcriptions, collations with the other crucial early manuscript of the Tales (the Ellesmere Chaucer in the Huntington Library), complete descriptions, and analytical discussions in order to give a full set of materials for studying this important manuscript.

Type
E-Book(s)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/29466
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
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