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ART 245: American Art: Books on Art History, Artist Info & More

In-Depth Information on Art History & More

The library catalog is a great place to find in-depth information on topics in Art, including art history and criticism as well as biographies of artists and more.  Use a simple keyword search to locate information on a particular topic.  You can also look for specific books by title or for books by an individual author or browse the stacks by call number.

Remember that books are still the best place to go to understand a topic from beginning to end.


What else can you find on American art?

If you're looking for information on the history and criticism of American art in general or on a specific period or style, you might be tempted to look only in the databases for journal articles.  But books provide in-depth information and often collect a number of articles on a particular topic all in one place.  Below is a sample of some of the many books in the library's collection that cover the topics in American art.

Serendipity in the Stacks: Browse by Call Number

One of the best ways to discover the perfect source for your topic is to browse the library stacks by call number range.  Each call number range represents a particular subject and all of the books on a particular topic will be located in the same general area on the shelves.  So if you want a book on Art History, go to the call number range beginning with N5300 to see what we have!

LC Call Number


N 1-(9211)

Visual Arts

N 1-58


N 61-72

Theory, Philosophy, Aesthetics

N 81-390

Study, Teaching, Research

N 400-3990

Art Museums, Galleries

N 4390-5098


N 5198-5299

Private Collections & Collectors

N 5300-7418


N 7420-7525.8

General Works

N 7560-8266

Special Subjects of Art

N 8350-8356

Arts as a Profession. Artists

N 8510-8553

Art Studies, Materials

N 8554-8585

Examination & Conservation of Works of Art

N 8600-8675

Economics of Art

N 8700-9165

Art and the State. Public Art

What else can you find on individual artists?

If you're looking for biographies of individual artists, you might be tempted to look only in the databases for background information.  But books provide substantial, in-depth information on topics that are only briefly referred to in reference sources Below is a sample of some of the many biographies of American artists in the library's collection.