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 closed to visitors, but the LRC staff is standing by to answer reference inquiries. Researchers may contact the LRC by emailing LRC@nmwa.org.
Search the online catalog for books, periodicals, reference materials, artist books, zines, exhibition catalogues, and more. The catalog also includes the LRC’s collection of nearly 800 unique artists’ books in a variety of mediums and formats.
The Library and Research Center has compiled bibliographies and guides on a variety of topics related to women in the visual arts. These resources offer useful starting points for research on Latin American artists, women sculptors, book artists, and other topics.
This guide offers an introduction to Graciela Iturbide, one of Mexico’s preeminent photographers, who has photographed across the world, including in Cuba, Argentina, India, the U.S., and East Germany.
To support the initiative to improve Wikipedia entries related to notable women in the arts, this guide provides a basic overview of Wikipedia editing practices and a selection of research material on women artists of Latin American heritage.
This resource guide explores the archival collections of three international festivals of women artists. Held over 15 years and on three continents, the festivals coincided with – but were organized separately from – the United Nations World Conferences on Women and promoted the work of women artists from around the world. The archival collections contain planning materials, correspondence, fliers, posters and unique pieces of art.
The Library and Research Center’s artist files contain research material on women artists of all periods and nationalities, with a particular emphasis on artists whose work has been exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
The artist files began as a place to house research material collected by curators and to serve as an artist registry for women artists all over the world. These files include artists’ resumes, correspondence, exhibition catalogues, and announcements, reproductions of artwork (slides and photographs), and articles and reviews from newspapers and magazines.
The Archives of Women Artists holds the papers and primary records of 30 women visual artists and organizations that promote women’s contributions to the arts. The archive includes personal papers, correspondence, gallery guides, sketches, photographs and slides, and other unique materials.
Use our detailed finding aids to explore available materials in the Archives of Women Artists.
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.
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.
This site provides full text of selected scholarly journals in a number of fields in PDF format. Note: Journals in JSTOR usually do not include the most recent three to five years. For more recent articles, use one of the other indexes listed in this section.
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.