Resources for Research

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Explore research resources in the LRC, the first major repository in the world for information about women artists.

The Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center’s (LRC) reading room is open to visitors! If you would like to schedule an in-person research visit, please submit a Researcher Registration Form or email if you are unable to complete the online form.

Online Catalog

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Archives of Women Artists

A brief note, handwritten in Spanish in green ink on yellowed paper, dated September 9, 1940. Beneath the closing, drawings of two hearts connected by an arrow and two birds beak to beak, along with two collaged flowers and a leaf, and a bright pink lipstick imprint.

Artist Files

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Research Databases

  • Jstor: On-site access only. This site provides full text of selected scholarly journals in a number of fields in PDF format.
  • Oxford Art Online: On-site access only. A comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide, this covers prehistory to the 1990s. Includes information from Grove Dictionary of Art and Benezit Dictionary of Artists.
  • Bibliography of the History of Art: A bilingual, international bibliographic database on the history of post-classical Western art, architecture, and decorative arts. It covers art history from late antiquity to the present. The database provides citations to material published between 1975 and 2007.
  • Canadian Women Artists History Initiative: The Canadian Women Artists History Initiative is a collaborative endeavor that brings resources and researchers together to enhance scholarship on historical women artists in Canada.
  • Illinois Women Artists Project: This searchable and browsable database has information on women artists active in Illinois as early as 1818.
  • Women Artist Archives National Directory: This directory of U.S. archival collections contains primary source materials by and about women visual artists active in the U.S. since 1945.
  • Women Who Draw: An Open Directory of Female Illustrators: Women Who Draw is an open directory of female professional illustrators, artists and cartoonists, emphasizing female illustrators of color, LBTQ+ illustrators, and other minority groups of female illustrators.

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