Deirdre Diane Spencer

Librarian for History of Art

Arts and Humanities · Research




Mailing address

260 Tappan Hall

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1357



Deirdre Diane Spencer

Librarian for History of Art

Arts and Humanities · Research

About me

As Librarian for History of Art, I serve as subject specialist at the University of Michigan Library.  I provide resources that facilitate research, teaching, and scholarship in the history of the visual arts in print and electronic formats. Image research and identification, as well as auction and appraisal research are additional areas of expertise.

In addition to collection development, I implement research and bibliographic instruction which supports history of art research on campus and beyond. Additional responsibilities include outreach and liaison to the Department of the History of Art, as well as exhibit curator for the Fine Arts Library.

I hold an AB in art history and MLS from Indiana University, MA in art history from the University of Chicago, and ABD in art history at the University of Michigan. Areas of focus are 19th & 20th cent. art and visual culture; early African- American film and illustrated newspapers; Roman art; and copyright issues. 

Professional Affiliations:
SACUA Member, University of Michigan, 2018-2021
WOCAP Member Women of Color in the Academy Project, University of Michigan
National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan
ARLIS/NA Member Art Library Society of North America
Advisory Board Member of AHPP (Art History Pedagogy and Practice)









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