Primary sources are original materials on which other research is based, including original written works such as poems, diaries, court records, interviews, surveys, and original research/fieldwork; original art works, such as paintings and photographs; and research published in scholarly/academic journals. Use these databases to locate primary source images and more.
The library's collection includes volumes that reproduce original works of art as well as facsimiles of manuscripts, historic editions of key texts, letters and correspondence, and original exhibition catalogs.
Original page from the 1906 edition of A choice of books from the library of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fenway Court.
Via the HathiTrust Digital Library
The web contains a wealth of digitized primary source materials in art. Below are some high-quality selected sites that include primary source material such as digitized reproductions of works of art, original editions of published materials and much more. As always, if you're searching the web, make sure to read the Using Google page in this guide in order to evaluate the sources that you find!