Deirdre Diane Spencer

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260 Tappan Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1357
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Librarian for History of Art


Hello! I am Deirdre Diane Spencer, Librarian for History of Art, at the University of Michigan. 


My educational background and experience are in the history of art, architecture, visual culture and related fields. I hold an A.B. in Art History from Indiana University, focusing on 19th- and 20th- century Western Art; and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago, concentrating on the architecture and landscape architecture of Georgian England and the Gothic Revival in Britain and America. I hold an M.L.S. from Indiana University, specializing in academic art librarianship. I am A.B.D. in the History of Art at the University of Michigan, specializing in African-American imagery and class formation in the 19th-century illustrated press. . 

In addition to the above, my research interests also include representations of African-American slavery in film, photography, and visual culture, the history, and self-representation of the African-American middle class, and 19th- and early 20th century American art and visual culture. I have also specialized in Roman architecture, painting, and sculpture, including those of Roman Egypt, at the graduate level,

Art Library Society of North America  (ARLIS/NA)

Advisory Board -- Art History Pedagogy and Practice (AHPP)
Executive Board -- Association of Black Faculty, Administrators and Staff (ABFAS)
University of Michigan Senate Assembly for University Affairs
Harvard Law School & Harvard X--Copyright X Alumni

Who's Who in American Art



I am responsible for planning and implementing History of Art programs, collections and services at Fine Arts Library. These include reference and research services, collection development, bibliographic instruction, and data services in the field of history of art and visual culture. I am responsible for outreach and liaison to the Department of the History of Art and the broader arts research community. I also serve as an exhibit curator. 

I have a strong background in Art History and African American Studies, with an emphasis on 19th and early 20th Century African American Art and Visual Culture. I am interested in the Digital Humanities, including text mining and mapping, as well as how digital images can be considered data. I am actively engaged in using digital images from historic black newspapers in art historical research.

I can help researchers locate and access primary source materials, including digital images.
I can provide some basic support in Digital Humanities topics, and refer to colleagues in the Library as appropriate.
I can collaborate with the Visual Resources Collections (VRC) in order to help with data management planning.